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Aesthetics of Automation

Graduate level course offered in Fall 2013, at New York University, ITP, based on the curriculum developed for the previously taught course at Bauhaus Weimar. Aesthetics of Automation is a full-semester studio exploration. Student works are documented, printed and bound to a book.

From Movable Type to the Internet, our desire to automate the work has been a major driving force behind many technological advancement. Thanks to these technologies, we are living the world that is extremely efficient and scalable, but as a result, we became alienated from the process of making. Often, we find the process humanly impossible to comprehend, due to our lack of sense for such scale or complexity.

In this fast-paced studio/theory class, we will try to dissect the world of automation and understand its implications. The work to be produced during the course will be a direct outcome of such effort, with its topic include: repetition, abstraction, scale, data, privacy, security, and power structures, etc.

Students:

Aaron Cohen, Alana Abbitt-Mcgregor, Eojin Chae, Hannah Mishin, Jing Zhao, Michelle Cortese, Omer Shapira, Mack Howell, Yang Wang, Yucef Merhi, Jorge Brake

Guest Lecturers:

Taeyoon Choi, Chris Woebken, Jean-Baptiste Michel

Class offered in Fall 2013, at New York University, ITP
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Photography by Ahrong Han

2013–2014

Earlier project:
TED Fellows Retreat

Later project:
APAP(1): Identity