Logical Conclusion

My work is focused on finding a way to talk about algorithms in society through art. I aim to create experiences that examine the status quo of our relationship with technology by throwing it into stark relief. My work looks to help visitors move from passive engagement with algorithmic systems, to active questioning of and engagement with them. This paper details the development of Logical Conclusion, a collection of logic puzzles based on algorithms that impact our society — from Trust Scores that the Chinese government is issuing to its citizens, to the Facebook news feed algorithm. The puzzles are presented on blackboards with magnetic tiles that visitors can manipulate to solve the puzzles, and accompanied by illustrations that underscore the absurdity of the puzzles. The blackboards are paired with a workbook of additional puzzles, which visitors can take away to complete. I invite visitors to step into the school for algorithms, where young computer programs come to complete their early logic training. Visitors can apply their logical faculties to the puzzles. Are the premises upon which the logical statements are based valid? Does the combination of premises lead to truly logical conclusions?
installation, Participatory, Logic, algorithms, technology and society, algocracy, puzzles
Blair, K. (2018). Logical Conclusion (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca. doi:10.11575/PRISM/32731