New Statement, Upcoming Shows & Talks, General Update

While I haven’t posted here in a while, I have a lot of new projects in progress, and a number of events to announce.

One of the shows I’m in this fall: Prospectives ’12 at the University of Nevada, Reno

I’ll be showing my work at Land of Tomorrow in Lexington during the month of December, and will be part of the Prospectives ’12 International Festival of Digital Art in October.  I’m (or perhaps I should say, my robot is) currently in a show of robot-produced paintings at Arizona State University through December.  I’ll deliver an invited talk at the University of Arizona’s School of Information, Science, Technology and the Arts (SISTA) in mid October, and another at Evergreen State College in January.

Also, my latest project will be launched here shortly (within the next couple weeks).  More on that soon.

Finally, I’ve rewritten my artist statement.  Here it is:

We all live with and rely on technologies in our daily life.  At the heart of these technologies is software, a human-designed yet immaterial object that gives these technologies agency and enables them to interact with others.  In my work I focus on the cultural, social, and political effects of this software.  What does it mean for human creativity when a computational system can paint its own artworks?  How is an interface that foregrounds our friend count changing our conceptions of friendship?  Why do we become emotionally attached to software systems and what does this attachment enable for those who made them?  To enable personal consideration of questions like these, I construct interactive experiences and interventions that make the familiar unfamiliar, revealing the ways that software prescribes our behavior and thus, how it changes who we are.