Renee Carmichael

Essays by contributing writers will be posted in June 2017

Renee Carmichael is an artist, coder, designer and writer whose work often explores technology and the relationship between structure (code), content and design. She has written and created work on themes such as carrots and social media, dance and code, The Dance Epidemic of 1518, the web’s relationship to print, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and technology, code poetry and singing IBM anthems. She has a Masters in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice from Goldsmiths College in London and has worked recently as a Researcher in the Hybrid Publishing Lab at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany. She is founding director of the project Flee Immediately!, and currently works freelance on various design, research and writing projects.

Essays will take into consideration the changes brought about by digital technology, and the web as a source of information, a space for exchanges, and a site of power dynamics. They will explore commodity culture, provide analysis of how ordinary objects live out their lives through design, redesign, and critical design. They will reflect upon the challenges of intellectual property, public domain, culture sharing, and the electronic frontier. They will discuss #exstrange’s advocacy for borrowing platforms such as eBay (intended for the purpose of person-to-person trade and money exchange) and will consider the role of the stranger as a mobile figure, circulating goods and ideas, as well as the connection between this mobility, online commerce and social media.