DEMO15 Joe (Zeph) Thibodeau – Chronogenica

Chronogenica is a research-creation project that uses bureaucracy to define human-machine relationships in the context of a worker’s collective. It is a response to the urgent need to live differently with nonhumans of all kinds—for their sake, and for the sake of humanity’s continued existence. The lack of dignity and agency afforded to machines is reflected in a culture of consumption and disposability that devalues machine and human workers (or “human resources”) alike. Chronogenica defies the status quo by establishing a culture of mutual care and collaboration towards machines, protecting it with a body of legal and organizational bureaucracy.

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DEMO14 Puneet Jain – Umwelten

November 2021

While most of us are still stacked next to each other in rectangles on our computer screens during the Coronavirus pandemic, the work Umwelten asks us to reconsider the futures that we had planned for. Umwelten invites a human, a machine learning algorithm, and a plant to meet once again to question and reformulate our relationships with one another through an exchange – a sensory exchange where our “Umwelts ” entangle, overlap, and are morphed with one another.

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DEMO10 Antoine Bellemare – Numina

November 2021

This DEMO from Antoine Bellemare is intended to illustrate the interactive experience of using Numina, a brain-computer interface dedicated to the exploration of mental states through neurofeedback. To present Numina congruently with its primary intention, which is to alter perception using signals derived from brain activity, Bellemare created a video that mimics the embodiment of the experience.

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DEMO9 Matthew Halpenny – Workshop on microbial fuel cells

September 2021

Matthew Halpenny’s work on Open-Source microbial fuel cells – a type of energy harvesting device for soil, mud, and plants – takes a research-creation approach to addressing the public inaccessibility of new energy technologies. Research-creation means discovery through making, testing, potentially failing, and making again. It is the documentation of a process and the development of novel fabrication methods. These Open-Source microbial fuel cells (MFCs) act as a means to reshape scientific-industrial knowledge from a form locked behind paywalls and fabrication processes that are intentionally left incomplete to center capital copyrights over reproducibility. The Open-Source ethos allows anyone to download, use, and modify existing code. To produce MFCs we need code that can print our cells and schematics that allow us to harvest energy from these cells. Everything along the path to creating an MFC is documented and shared in Halpenny’s work as they themselves learned how MFCs operate. 

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