An Algorithm for Living In
Opening: July 21, 2017. Sundown.
An Algorithm for Living In builds unique interfaces for negotiating our relationships with algorithms and other technologies whose effects are often invisible, though they exert huge influence on our daily choices, our experience, and our agency in the larger world. Functionalist architecture and the machine aesthetic negotiated our relationship with industrial fabrication and globalization by bringing factories and industrialization to the cultural foreground and establishing the dwelling as a "machine for living in." An algorithm for living in brings these online platforms to the cultural foreground with immersive 3D interfaces. Interacting with these black-box technologies through these interfaces makes them more spatial and may engender a more intuitive understanding of the role these algorithms play in our lives. Ultimately this can reveal hidden restraints embedded in these systems, and foster ways to break those restraints.
Lee Cody is a speculative designer, artist, and programmer currently living in Los Angeles. He holds a Masters of Fine Art in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design, and a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography and New Media from California College of The Arts. He has worked with museums, nonprofits, and universities to produce design investigations around spatializing information, negotiating urban life in a digital ecology, and democratizing virtual spaces and environments. His work chiefly investigates the exploration of new frontiers and technologies, as well as the transparency and accountability of those emergent technologies—algorithms, machine learning, AI.