Robots, Unplugged

Robots, Unplugged

Last Thursday, students from Prof. Marcel O’Gorman’s undergraduate class, ENGL 293: Intro. to Digital Media Studies, and graduate class, ENGL 799: Digital Abstinence, showcased their end-of-term applied digital media projects. The students’ work critically investigates course theories relating to contemporary technoculture.

Check out the photo gallery for images of the undergraduate students’ robots-to-think-with and grad students’ projects exploring the rhetorics, logistics, and (im)possible rituals of unplugging.

The Digital Chastity Belt by Adam Cilevitz

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“The Digital Chastity Belt” brings the myth of the medieval chastity belt into the 21st century. The belt is a wearable device designed to both discipline and punish the smartphone user who can't seem to "look up" from their device, using a mild form of shock aversion therapy to disrupt one's casual addiction to holding and looking at their phone.

Projects not pictured:

Photos without a Lens by Celia Gergenti

The #100HappyDays challenge was created by Dmitry Golubnichy to validate the good things in his life by taking one picture of something positive everyday and sharing it through social media. While the challenge is said to have helped hundreds of thousands of people feel happier, it promotes what Ted Kaczynski defines as leftist psychology in “The Unabomber Manifesto”: the tendency to feel inferior due to oversocialization. This project is meant to circumvent the instantaneous and shareable elements of Golubnichy’s hashtag in order to reclaim the message behind the challenge.

Erase-Remove: Poetry Collaborations with People, Print & Programs by Sam Rowland

This comparative media project examines two mediums of erasure poetry: digital and print. I compare the methods and strategies needed to make a blackout poem – the act of blacking out chunks of a source text to make a poem – with the implications of using an html program that can perform a similar function.