Technology is designed to make our lives easier, comfortable, and more pleasurable. However the easy pleasures afforded by today’s technology promotes distraction and passivity. What’s more, these easy pleasures are at odds with art that’s meant to be open-ended, provocative, or challenging. Shen’s talk will discuss this strained relationship between art and technology within her own practice and the way technology dematerializes our experience of the world. Her video work uses tech in a way to critique itself and highlight how it can shape our consciousness. Shen then proposes the possibility of developing a different relationship with technology, challenging the primacy of vision through the physicality of sound art.
This talk will include a demonstration of programming in the visual language of Max/MSP and a sound performance using analog modular synthesizers.