Feedback Machines. Cybernetics and Interaction

My PhD thesis has been published as an open access book by KHM, Academy of Media Arts Cologne: Lasse Scherffig (2017): Feedbackmaschinen. Kybernetik und Interaktion, Dissertation, KHM, Köln › PDF (17 MB)

The (German-language) thesis is titled “Feedback Machines. Cybernetics and Interaction” and was supervised by Georg Trogemann and Frieder Nake. It deals with cybernetics and human-computer interaction, reconstructing the history of interactivity as the history of cybernetics while using cybernetic thought for understanding interaction. In an argument that incorporates discussions of direct manipulation and tangible interaction, cybernetic and action-centric models of perception, and the enactivism/enaction debate in cognitive science, it ultimately argues that interaction creates interfaces.

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Where have you been?

Installation, 2016

“Where have you been?” is an installation investigating the personal data leaked by networked mobile phones. It consists of a projection displaying seemingly random scenes from Google StreetView. These scenes, however, depict places members of the audience have visited in the past: a frequently used airport, a favorite café, or the own front yard.

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