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Steven Ounanian

MA work

Electronic components used in robotics, kite string, live performance, video

I explore contracts between people, and enjoy collaborating, especially with unwitting participants. Through such collaborative experiments, I generate videos, performances, objects and situations that try to unravel what it means for people to be human, together. Lately, technology (from crude phones to synthetic biology) has challenged what it means to be human on a fundamental level. Somehow there is an element of ventriloquism or puppetry that occurs as we associate with this technology. I enjoy exaggerating this phenomenon, giving our external techno-social identities agency and voice, watching what happens when they get out of control.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Interactions, 2008

  • Electronic components used in robotics, kite string, live performance, video

    I explore contracts between people, and enjoy collaborating, especially with unwitting participants. Through such collaborative experiments, I generate videos, performances, objects and situations that try to unravel what it means for people to be human, together. Lately, technology (from crude phones to synthetic biology) has challenged what it means to be human on a fundamental level. Somehow there is an element of ventriloquism or puppetry that occurs as we associate with this technology. I enjoy exaggerating this phenomenon, giving our external techno-social identities agency and voice, watching what happens when they get out of control.

  • Degrees

  • BA Design: Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 2006
  • Experience

  • Film Coordinator and Workshop Assistant, Outreach RCA, 2007; Film Director and Writer, Mr Jones Watches, London, 2007; Performer/Improviser, F&L Improv Troupe, Los Angeles, USA, 2003-7; Tradeshow Toy Salesman, Big Save, Los Angeles, USA, 2003
  • Exhibitions

  • Pecha Kucha, Super Delux, Tokyo, Japan, 2007; Short, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 2005
  • Awards

  • First Prize, Video, Undergraduate Design Scholarship, University of California, USA, 2004