David Rokeby discusses his artistic practice and relationship with technology


I've done a lot of work building technologies, writing computer languages, building computers, building systems, and critiquing them, and snaking back and forth between those two modes, because there weren't a lot of other people doing that, I suppose, and for me, it was really important for us, as people living in a culture filled with computers and technologies, for some of us to be both very aware of really what's going on, in a nuts-and-bolts way, and at the other time, really questioning things out, really being able to say: "This is really a terrible thing, an awful thing", to be really willing to throw the whole thing out, to not be beholden to the agenda of the machine, or the agenda of a sort of sort of hardcore "neolidite" humanist who would take another approach... to really find a middle path where I can ask questions, make experiments, propose things, sometimes reveal things, for the greater general knowledge of myself and, hopefully, those who see the work and read the writings.