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Presented By: Institute for Research on Women and Gender

Interactive Performance: “If (x = Robot), Then (y = Move fast and break things); In the (z = Self-Cleaning House); of (n = Coherent Nonsense); While (m = Being Mechanical Turk);”

Sarah Buckius: !!! techn010ffspring!!!, Fall 2023 Lane Hall Exhibit

Text reads: Sarah Buckius !!!techn010ffspring!!! Interactive Performance Text reads: Sarah Buckius !!!techn010ffspring!!! Interactive Performance
Text reads: Sarah Buckius !!!techn010ffspring!!! Interactive Performance
This interactive performance stems from artist Sarah Buckius’s Arts & Resistance exhibit !!!techn010ffspring!!!, which is on view in Lane Hall during Fall semester.

Bringing together her perspectives as an artist, mechanical engineer, and mother, Buckius developed a female-coded-robot-persona who is a bit of a provocateur, an inventor of absurd mischievous interactions with the live audience that weave together historical and present day techno-science-fact-fiction gender-based references in a tangled mesh of video, sound, animation, and code-based instructions. The piece investigates female-coded personae of robots, code-based work of mechanical turks, the invention of the “self-cleaning house” and Silicon Valley’s motto to “move fast and break things”. Audience members interact with coded-game-like instructions that direct them to interact with her robot personae to execute mechanical turk-like tasks.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Arts Initiative at the University of Michigan and co-sponsored by U-M’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender with support from the Arts Council Santa Cruz County.

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