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misundersTood: duologue WiTh a broken machine Jordan Matthew Yerman Canada

Misunderstood: Duologue with a Broken Machine explores the relationship between two imperfect entities: an algorithmic translator and a human reader. A North American actor reads aloud the text of a Polish citizenship form as translated on the fly by his overworked smartphone—he tries to make sense of what he is told to understand. Human and machine are seen to struggle in consummating an informational transaction.

media as a medium for esTablishing a conversaTion beTWeen colombia’s PasT and iTs fuTure: PersPecTives from a criTical aPProach Through insTallaTion arT ToWards Peace Jorge Luis Vaca Forero Colombia

This conference gives the account of an artistic process strongly influenced by an interest between the dialogue established from the past towards that of the future of Colombia. Focusing on this aspect, the artist explores the concept of medium, analyzing two pieces of his own, in order to emphasize their relationship with the concepts of device and memory. To do this, Vaca retakes one of his initial interests approaching the historical definition of media, proposed by Manovich, connecting it with the notion of metaphor through two installations of its authorship: Máquina para un Olvido Presente / Machine for a Present Oblivion (2013-2015) and Constituciones / Constitutions (2015). From there, the concept of Work of Art will be connected to the idea of Media to analyze how, in its design, Works of Art (understood as media) can be defined as metaphors that allow a particular type of activation among an audience. To achieve this, Vaca frames his reflection within linguistics through the concept of sign, symbol and icon. The conference is an approach to how the installations propose a critical perspective towards peace in Colombia.

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The embodied performance—moving between echo, question, and challenge—evokes that of playing with a Ouija board: easy answers are sought from thin air, but instead the user must seek meaning and structure through seemingly-arbitrary external cues. Despite the promise of instant information, the networked smartphone profoundly fails at its task, glitching as it leaves its human interlocutor at the mercy of a frustratingly, beautifully inscrutable set of instructions that can ultimately change the shape of his identity.

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Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

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