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simulaTing naTure Daniel Miller University of Lowa USA

Daniel Miller will discuss how his artworks explore relationships to the physical world through simulating natural systems. These artworks investigate the parallels and incongruities between the human experience and the natural world we inhabit. Underlying themes explored in Miller’s recent work include: climate change, human impact, the body/mechanical processes, animal communication and the relationship of technology to nature. Miller will discuss earlier works and highlight the research, design and fabrication of his recent projects.

Miller will discuss how some works reference the body and its internal movements; other artworks investigate relationships to the larger ecosystem. In some cases, artworks activate and manipulate materials through heating, cooling and mechanical manipulation. Here materials flow and randomly generate new forms and evolve. Through mimicking natural systems these artworks embrace unpredictable and emergent properties of nature,such as production companies, multimedia studies, broadcasters and grants for new media production.

message in The sky: The changing landscaPe of human asPiraTion (Work-in-Progress) Jiayi Young University of California, Davis USA

Message in the Sky is an on-line crowd-sourced public participatory project that pools together the hopes and dreams of our time. The goal of the project is to map the landscape of collective human aspiration from people in different geographic locations living with different circumstances. The scale and time span of the project significantly expands research in emergent fields of design that integrates big data to engage social change. In the presence of increasing global challenges in conflict resolution, this project represents a forward-thinking engine that generates a time capsule of the evolution of aspirations globally.

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The natural environment has evolved into system in equilibrium. In ecosystems there is a threshold where the system can no longer function when pushed beyond this boundary; Daniel Miller’s artworks explore these environmental boundaries. These artworks make connections to the natural world through the use of robotics and activated electronic objects. Projects use digital control to simulate various behaviors and generate feedback through interactions with participants.

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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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