Take-aways: Future, not Fiction. Fiction, as my work frames it, evokes an undertone of “uselessness” while Rene found my work to actually be quite practical, in a different kind of way. Products as thought-machines. Conversation starters. Consider a utopian version of each scenario I develop. Memory Allocation & Visualization Mask as a device for “memory optimization.” My work’s relationship to the art of Maywa Denki. “Device Art.” Business as “collective” – formed from the voices of many through the creation of a platform that defines a way of thought and participation.
I believe we are headed towards an era of sameness – an era in which innovation by the human species alone is impossible because all humanly perceivable problems are solved. While, to some, the elimination of problems may seem to be a great success, I find it to be the most pressing dilemma of mankind. Entrepreneurship, the design of new stuff as a result of our innate empathy towards others, is what makes us human. To strip innovation and ingenuity out of the human equation is to strip the very thing that makes us unique as a species.
Matthew Manos is an MFA Candidate in Media Design at the Art Center College of Design. This is his thesis blog.