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Jordan Harrison-Twist

MA work

A Conversation with a Bicycle: A Cultural History of Collision Between Humans and Machines

His dissertation was named A Conversation with a Bicycle: A Cultural History of Collision Between Humans and Machines — and charted moments in literary texts, cinema, recent history, and art and design, in which humans and machines have met, collided, merged, spiralled together, repelled one another, imploded, or proved impossible to reconcile. 

The text uses Flann O'Brien's novel The Third Policeman as a starting point, and considers the narrator's relationship with the symbol of the bicycle to be evocative of humans' inter-reliance with technology. 

Split into two parts, the first pertains to the Surrealist attachment to the mannequin, the ethics of artificial intelligence, sex robots and simulacra, and the limits of the human body; the second is a sustained investigation into commercial space travel and its sexualization, using Virgin Galactic as its fulcrum. 


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2017

  • Jordan Harrison-Twist is a writer and designer living and working in London. Graduating Central Saint Martins with a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design, he travelled to India to work for a publishers Tara Books, writing press, engaging in art direction, curation, design work, and learning about sustainable and ethical publishing practices. 

    He writes with humour, mixing pop culture with art and design, in the contexts of criticism and metafiction. His interests are literature and comedy (harbouring a secret obsession with space). He is from the North of England. 

    His dissertation was named A Conversation with a Bicycle: A Cultural History of Collision Between Humans and Machines — and charted moments in literary texts, cinema, recent history, and art and design, in which humans and machines have met, collided, merged, spiralled together, repelled one another, imploded, or proved impossible to reconcile. The text touches on the Surrealist attachment to the mannequin, the ethics of artificial intelligence, sex robots, and commercial space travel. 

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  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, 2014
  • Experience

  • Junior designer, Tara Books, Chennai, India, 2015; Copy writer and head designer, George Twist Wholesale Ltd., Wigan, 2014–2017
  • Awards

  • London Graphic Centre Runner-Up Best-in-Show, Central Saint Martins, 2014
  • Publications

  • Cath Caldwell (Author), Yolanda Zappaterra (Author), Editorial Design for Print and Screen, 2014