- Roopa Vasudevan
- Annenberg School for Communication
Student Arts Innovation Grant
“Machine Readable” is a body of work exploring the ways in which human identity is altered, flattened, and compartmentalized to fit the demands of algorithms and technology. Drawing from theory in critical software and internet studies, it asks us to consider the impact of our increasingly digitized way of life on how we view ourselves and others, how we shape ourselves to adhere to the rigid rules and structures required of an inflexible and binary system, and how technology ends up ossifying identity-based categorical boundaries. Vasudevan will complete four “Machine Readable” projects in advance of a solo exhibition at Vox Populi in Philadelphia. This work includes a series of interactive audiovisual works, printed pieces, and performances, designed to reflect her research and engage audiences in these questions. In conjunction with the exhibition and as part of Vox Populi’s programming, Vasudevan will hold several events centered on technology and identity, and invite other practitioners and artists in the field to participate in panels or roundtable discussions on how they examine or critique technology in their own practices.