Politics of the MachineMay 2018

PhD Workshop with Aalborg University and the IT University

The PhD workshop contributed to and took place place prior to and after the international conference “Politics of the Machine: Art and After” (May 15-17 2018 in Copenhagen). The attendees participated in a workshop where they generated online and offline outputs related to the conference theme. The conference was centered around questions about how machines impact and contextualise artistic production and perception and in doing so welcomes submissions that take an innovative approach to the politics of the machine.

The overall themes of the workshop were openness in/of machines and the potential political and social effects of opening up the machine. It was organized along two tracks:

1 — Open Structures, Open Machines – Production of Futures
2 — Open Bodies, Open Machines – Future Pleasure Objects


Selected projects from the workshop:

Exploratory Experiments of Robotic and Bodily Sensory Perception

Maja Fagerberg and David Kadish’s project on Exploratory Experiments of Robotic and Bodily Sensory Perception dealt with the stimulation of bodies through different sensory organs and the collection of those stimulations into experiences, perception, and eventually meaning.

The project was related to the sub-theme Open Bodies/Open Machines – Future Pleasure Objects of the PhD workshop.  

The work evolved around the theme of robotic and bodily perception and through these the building of a lifeworld or umwelt. The process took the form of a material exploration of sensoriality, through the crafting of unconventional electronic sensors. 

Using a kit of Arduino input/output solutions that play with senses, haptics, bodies, skin, stimulation, organic materials, etc., Fagerberg and Kadish developed a wearable Arduino system that senses, perceives and communicates. The device becomes part of three connected perceptual experiences: the AI-sensor perceives stimulus, the AI-sensor produces a stimulus for the human body holding it, and the human body experiences the original stimulus and the stimulus created by the AI-sensor’s stimulus through its own sensory organs.


Majer Fagerberg and David Kadish’s Project