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.
For Ars Electronica 2021, Zeph and his machine associates created a video presentation providing a guided tour and discussion of Chronogenica’s concept, its website, processes and related topics. It premiered in September 2021 as part of the Hexagram Garden EMERGENCE/Y at the Ars Electronica festival.
Creation and production team
- Director and Face Parts: HUMAIN ZEPH
- Assistant Director: DAN QUE PHAM
- Music and Audio: ESKAYTOO, DAAT et DRY HEAT
- Workshop Crew: HACKO IRON, TX POWER et JUSTIN MULTIMETER
- Video Production Team: HORSOLEM COMPUTER, CHOKEYBOARD KEYBOARD, MX2 MOUSE, ODDY SOUND-INTERFACE et PEN MIC
- Video Post-Production: MAGMAVOX et THE CONVERTER SIBLINGS
- Field Unit: POWERSHOT CAMERA, DOCTOR FORTY RECORDER
- Human Considerations: ARON CHAIR et WORKSTATION ONE
- Special Thanks: THE MICROWAVE ON THE CURB (someone did pick it up)
Joe (Zeph) Thibodeau is a multimedia artist-researcher who explores the relationships between machines and humans. Situated between the fields of robotics, interface design, sensory art and anthropology, Zeph seeks to challenge and improve the way we relate to our nonhuman colleagues. His professional work includes sound design and music composition for games and television, apparatus design for sensory experiments, and typewriter repair. As half of the electronic duo DAAT, Zeph has produced a discography spanning a decade of critically-acclaimed 170bpm audio. He is currently a PhD student with Concordia University’s individualized program, and he holds an MA from McGill University in Music Technology as well as a Ba Sc of Computer Engineering from Ottawa University.