Anuradha Vikram

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Writings and Presentations:

  • Title: Experimental Interaction Unit: Commodities of Mass Destruction
    Writing Type: Paper
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2009: BioLogic: A Natural History of Digital Life
    Abstract Summary:

    This paper describes several projects by the now-defunct Experimental Interaction Unit that use prod-uct design, software engineering, and digital networking to uncover collective behaviors that contribute to systems of social control. Biology and human behavioral studies are essential aspects of this critique. Experimental Interaction Unit’s projects from 1996 to 2001 represent subversive use of technology to reveal unrecognized aspects of human interaction with networks, such as how telematic distance psy-chologically absolves individuals from taking responsibility for their actions. The fear of vulnerability to terrorist actions, including biological warfare and electronic interference, is exploited in these works, in order to expose the ways in which security is promised in exchange for control.