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The machine in the making: Examining the collaboration effect between artist and technology

, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

Doctor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University . Awarded


Artistic technologies have evolved to the point where machines can engage in artistic practice separately from human artists, disrupting traditional ideas about what it means to make art and transforming the relationship between artist and technology. While the discourse surrounding these technologies represents them as either the loss of the artist's control over the art-making process or as a corruption of the technology itself, artists describe their relationship with their technology as one of collaboration, almost as if the technology possessed a consciousness of its own.

The research presented herein examines this "collaborative effect" that occurs between artist and technology by first reviewing the automations of three artists who constructed machines that act independently of their creators to make art, and then by analyzing the resulting discourse. The collaborative effect is subsequently used as a guide for understanding the artist's relationship to current technologies and exploring ways in which such greater understanding can be fostered in the instruction of art and technology.


Goss, S.W. The machine in the making: Examining the collaboration effect between artist and technology. Doctor of Education thesis, Teachers College, Columbia University. Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .

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