The Cyborg Gaze: AR, Drones, Machine Vision
As members of technological society, we see the world through a computer-mediated eye. We are cyborgs, our experience enhanced by technology. Augmented, pervasive, and cyborg mediations of reality through AR, Drones, and Wearable (or Carryable) Computing affect global society profoundly. The cyborg vision of the world affects activism, markets, and the way we rewire our visual cortices into our devices. This panel will feature reportage from cyber-veterans Jon Lebkowsky and Patrick Lichty about disruptive and amusing developments in cyborg living and New Aesthetics.'
Polycot Associates LLC
Jon Lebkowsky is an author, activist, sometimes journalist, and blogger who writes about the future of the Internet, digital culture, media, and society. He’s been actively associated with various forward-looking projects and organizations, including FringeWare (CEO), Whole Earth, WorldChanging, Viridian Design Movement, Mondo 2000, bOING bOING, Factsheet Five, the WELL, the Austin Chronicle, EFF-Austin (President), Society of Participatory Medicine (cofounder and former board member), Extreme Democracy (co-editor), Wireless Future (project manager), Digital Convergence Initiative (former board member), Plutopia Productions (cofounder), Polycot Consulting (cofounder and CEO), Social Web Strategies (cofounder), Project VRM, and Reality Augmented Blog. He’s currently a web strategist and developer via Polycot Associates.
Lecturer, Digital Studio Practice
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Patrick Lichty is a technologically-based media artist, writer, independent curator, co-founder of the performance art group Second Front, animator for the activist group, The Yes Men, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. He began showing technological media art in 1989, and deals with works and writing that explore the social relations between us and media. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA). Book Title Variant Analyses, Interrogations of New Media Art and Culture, Book description Lichty’s range of commentary and analysis dissects nearly two decades of what has now become new media society. Before Facebook’s IPO and Wikileaks’ media storm, artist-as-activists experimented with data gloves, virtual world performance, and anonymous, anarchic disruptions determined to