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I am an artist and technologist, and my research has explored how humanism can offer new
directions for technological development. This has resulted in works that I've called edgy
products, different from mass-market products in that they highlight social and cultural trends,
and embody values not usually represented in technologies. Edgy products can be devices for
politics or peace, mechanisms to incite labor unrest, or systems to counter dangerous trends in
government. These are art pieces, but they function not only as sculptures or media objects, but
also as exemplars for how our culture could differently envision its material artifacts.
Csikszentmihaly, Christopher (2009-03-11T20:15:49Z)
This proposal is for a set of projects developing new technologies for politically activist
interventions. The proposal is largely similar to last year's, as the overall goals remain unchanged
and (mostly) unfunded. I will outline three activist technologies, with varying levels of technical
sophistication, but in actuality I hope to develop more, and to do so in quick response to future
political situations. In addition to developing the actual final technologies, I will develop a set of
open source resources to teach hardware engineering from an activist perspective, and a set of
open source designs for building-block technologies. Finally, I will stage, exhibit, and publicly
use these technologies.
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