[ISEA2011] Panel: Brad Miller – aug­men­t_me: An­thro­po­mor­phis­ing the other and aug­ment the self

Panel Statement

Panel: Don’t Anthropomorpise Me: Electronic Performance Tools, Automatons and The Vanity Apocalypse

The paper will ex­am­ine iden­tity and our data shadow as sub­jects of the van­ity apoc­a­lypse, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on how we make sense of them and re­flect upon how we might or might not in­ter­act with them. I will in­ter­ro­gate the choice of rep­re­sen­ta­tions and in­ter­faces used to de­velop the re­spon­sive in­stal­la­tion aug­men­t_me and ex­am­ine it var­i­ous data flows. I wish to crit­i­cal ex­am­ine how we are “nat­u­rally in­clined” to in­ter­act and use these tech­nolo­gies. I pro­pose to ex­am­ine this ex­panded sense of self and I sus­pect a vic­ar­i­ous con­nect­ed­ness with the world around. I wish to offer re­flec­tion upon our need to be seen as com­plete and whole. Draped in our in­se­cu­ri­ties of dif­fer­ence and in des­per­ate need of sim­i­lar­ity we an­thro­po­mor­phise the other and aug­ment the self.

  • Brad Miller is a Lec­turer at the Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales (Australia), Col­lege Of Fine Arts, School of De­sign Stud­ies and an Artist and De­sign Aca­d­e­mic at Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales, Col­lege of Fine Arts; he lives and works in Syd­ney. He has typ­i­cally ma­nip­u­lated found im­ages and sound to cre­ate sin­gle chan­nel video and in­ter­ac­tive works ex­plor­ing mem­ory and as­so­ci­a­tions. In early 2011, he was at­tached re­searcher to Chunky Move with Gideon Or­banzek, ex­plor­ing the human body as data in­ter­face. Dur­ing Sep­tem­ber Miller will be work­ing in Shang­hai with the multi-dis­ci­pli­nary De­sign Stu­dio/LAB Rare Earth using aug­men­t_me as an ex­per­i­men­tal re­search plat­form. In Oc­to­ber he will be in-res­i­dence at Cité In­ter­na­tionale des Arts, Paris. Miller as been in­vited to ex­hibit as part of a group show at Gallery 3,14 Bergen Nor­way in Jan­u­ary 2012.

Full text (PDF) p. 1722-1725  [title somewhat different]