Are racial and gender biases embedded in JPEG compression code? Do the technologies that make things visible to us also make certain things invisible? Researcher and artist Rosa Menkman surveys behaviors of modern image processing technologies that may reveal the discriminatory biases embedded in our visual apparatus.
Phillip Stearns ponders the cultural, political, economical, and social biases that give form to emergent technologies, viewing each new technological output as a manifestation which embodies the ‘will of a society at large’. A mixed media artist whose works experiment with creative coding, physical computing, interactive design, circuit bending and computational weaving, his primary interests lie not on the particulars of what a given technology can do, but on understanding the socio-political atmosphere from which new things arise.
Dr. Rachel Armstrong's experiments explore the future of human society with a focus on sustainable ecosystems. She is establishing an alternative approach to sustainability that couples the computational properties of the natural world to develop a 21st century production platform for the built environment, which she calls 'living' architecture.
Digital media artist Adam Ferriss turns computer programming into a psychedelic artform. His kaleidoscopic work challenges the constraints of calculated machine language with images, forms, and entire abstract worlds of astonishing beauty and complexity. Ferriss’ experimental scripting embraces uncertainty and unpredictability. Creative coding enables him to push beyond expectations of computation, and generate alternative trajectories for digital invention and discovery.