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The Department of Indeterminate Technology is a small enterprise devoted to investigating the vanguard of technological change. For LCC's BA Photography show in June 2014, the Department presented its research on artificial intelligence and virtual reality, two fields that are in a state of explosive development. The Department, however, is not devoted to the progress of these technologies; rather its experiments seek to examine the gap between these idealistic technological advancements and the faulted reality they actually convey. By exposing the comical faults of the machine, the human imperfections that are unknowingly programmed into these new technologies begin to manifest themselves. The Department's experiments confirm man's long-standing symbiosis with technology and explore the abstract potential of their continued union.

The experiments exhibited at LCC included a set of computer monitors staring intently at each other. Words snaked across their screens as they were locked in constant debate, desperately trying to grasp a language of their own.

Across from the computers, researchers bravely probed the limits of our new virtual reality. While traveling through simulated environments, they drafted an account of their experience, en plein pixel, hoping to uncover the actuality of these new digital spaces.

The installation contained various photographs that document the Department's previous experiments as well as other spaces of technological development in London.

 

The Department's research is ongoing and in need of volunteers.