Embracing Interdependencies: Machines, Humans and Non-humans

  • Amy M. YoungsEmail author
Part of the Cognitive Science and Technology book series (CSAT)


As a creator of interactive, constructed ecosystems, I discuss my artistic practice as a way to experience self as interdependent and to re-engineer relationships between humans and other species. Technologically enhanced mirroring, participation, re-programmed elements and designing for non-humans are examined as techniques that entangle the audience within the fabricated systems. Re-configuring the human participant as one element enmeshed within a system that equally includes technology, industry, waste streams and other living things, I work towards new models of collaboration and shared world building.


Interactive Video Living Thing House Cricket Human Visitor Aquaponics System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArtThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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