Social Hacking Workshop

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Social Hacking Workshop


Sunday Jan 07 12:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


General Admission: $30.00


About the Lecture:

This workshop is SOLD OUT. We encourage you to RSVP to the free workshop Watching the Watchers led by artist Hasan Elahi. 

This workshop is part of the weeklong program CLASSIFIED, a multidisciplinary look at art and surveillance.

Led by artists Kyle McDonald and Lauren McCarthy, this hands-on workshop explores the structures and systems of social interaction, and strategies for hacking them. How do the technologies we build and use shape the way we understand and relate to each other? We'll explore this question through a series of experiments that break existing patterns and rules. Topics covered will include surveillance, computer vision, data and glitch, and human interfaces. These activities will be contextualized with examples from media art, performance art, psychology, current events, and pop culture. No programming experience is necessary.

This workshop runs four hours from 12pm to 4pm. Guests must bring their own computer to participate. Limited to 15 people. Registration fee required.

Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He is a contributor to open source arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and builds tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. He has a habit of sharing ideas and projects in public before they're completed. He creatively subverts networked communication and computation, explores glitch and systemic bias, and extends these concepts to reversal of everything from identity to relationships. Kyle has been an adjunct professor at NYU's ITP, and a member of F.A.T. Lab, community manager for openFrameworks, and artist in residence at STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, as well as YCAM in Japan. His work is commissioned by and shown at exhibitions and festivals around the world, including: NTT ICC, Ars Electronica, Sonar/OFFF, Eyebeam, Anyang Public Art Project, Cinekid, CLICK Festival, NODE Festival, and many others. He frequently leads workshops exploring computer vision and interaction.

Lauren McCarthy is an artist based in Los Angeles and Brooklyn whose work explores social and technological systems for being a person and interacting with other people. She makes software, performances, videos, and other things on the internet. She is the creator of p5.js.

Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, Onassis Cultural Center, IDFA DocLab, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and worked on installations for the London Eye and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow and was previously a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Eyebeam, NYU ITP, and Ars Electronica / QUT TRANSMIT³.

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