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Friday, June 9 • 3:35pm - 3:45pm
Recontextualizing Software and Hardware Interfaces

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In this presentation I will discuss several projects of mine that add both social justice and failed human usage scenarios to physical computer hardware and software systems. I will outline the history of online interface design and how it's a-political nature often leads to artists moving beyond programmed defaults to challenge both contextual data and social information. Projects of mine that I will discuss include "To Protect and Server" a re-imaginging of Google's ReCaptcha software that forces people to identify images of police brutality in order to gain access to a simulator that trains them to think like a police officer, "Killer Route" a GPS navigation app that adds a layer of active crime data to direct drivers through dangerous areas of a city, "Weapon of Protest" an augmented Nintendo Light Gun that when triggered emails the Nation Rifle Association a protest letter against gun violence, and several projects in my Human Error series of work that examine what we do wrong with technology and the Internet and integrates those errors back into the interfaces themselves to question our reliance on technological systems. The presentation will emphasize how adding a "critical" component to the making process can both challenge and emphasize why and how interfaces are developed for wider audiences. It is my intention to explain both how the projects were created and how shifting hardware interfaces away from their intended design principles can open new perspectives on critical making.

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Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Associate Professor, Lehman College - City University of New York

Friday June 9, 2023 3:35pm - 3:45pm EDT
Main 210