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Mechanism: An artist-led, feminist design process for open technology tools.

Leitch, Alex (2014) Mechanism: An artist-led, feminist design process for open technology tools. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Leitch, Alex
Abstract:

This thesis examines what it means for technology to open, and how that open technology may be applied in support of the arts. Drawing on H´el`ene Cixous’ ”Laugh of the Medusa”, the paper proposes a feminist, inclusive design process that subverts imposter syndrome by involving community engagement in the software development process, then uses that method to develop software that powers narrative-focused FMV video games using Node.JS internet technologies. The design method addresses theoretical structures as well as pragmatic solutions, focusing on the use of limited hardware to serve a captive portal and a web application to a limited geographic space. Also examined is the concept of a “game jam” to develop content and test new software systems. The paper then reviews the capital and scarcity implications of such applications for serving new media works in galleries and geographically remote or
challenging exhibit contexts.

Date: 2014
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 16:15
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 16:15
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/218

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