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Saturday, September 21 • 8:30am - 5:00pm
Breathe the Machine

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The FaaS were future-oriented. Every day, they contemplated the question: what kind of ancestor will you be?

Prose writer Teresa Carmody, new media artist Matt Roberts, 3-D animator Dengke Chen, and poet Terri Witek will repurpose computers in an existing Bothell lab to respond to human breath. Each transformation will become part of a larger story built from the computers’ individual data--every breath will both create an onscreen reaction (individual computers) and change an animated world just to one side of our own (projected on large screen/wall) . Participants will move from computer to computer and breath by breath build a world that unfolds on the room’s large screen. Simple biological actions, then, will momentarily converge human and mechanical worlds.

Their conceiving mind quit avoiding their body; their body, they realized, had already FaaD.

Donna Haraway is just one theorist who argues that as we acquire more mechanical parts, and as technology takes on increasingly human functions, we should become more actively hopeful about interspecies interactions. Breathe the Machine challenges us to think of even anonymous, institutionally controlled screens as partners in new, combinatory narratives that converge technology and the human into non-hostile, resilient allies. A computer lab, then, becomes an interactive installation, an archive, a fiction, a world and a landscape. A prompt.

This is how we morph.


Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody is the author of Maison Femme: a fiction (2015) and Requiem (2005). Her work has appeared in The Collagist, Big Fiction, Two Serious Ladies, St. Petersburg Review, Faultline, Entropy, and more. Carmody is co-founding editor of Les Figues Press, an imprint of LARB Books... Read More →

Dengke Chen

Dengke Chen is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Arts, Stetson University, Florida. His practice concentrates on new media art, 3D animation, computer games, and comic art. Unlike the single narrative storytelling techniques used in traditional animations to amuse and entertain... Read More →

Matt Roberts

Associate Professor of Digital Art, Stetson Univeristy
Matt Roberts is a new media artist whose work has been featured internationally and nationally, including shows in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Scotland, Taiwan, and nationally in New York, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago. His work has been featured... Read More →
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Terri Witek

Terri Witek is the author of 6 books of poems, most recently The Rape Kit (2018), winner of the Slope Editions Prize judged by Dawn Lundy Martin. She has collaborated with visual artists throughout her career: works with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes include gallery shows... Read More →

Saturday September 21, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm PDT
UW2-121 Digital Media Lab

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