Darsha Hewitt's artwork makes use of public vicinities and responds to the environment or people that surround it. It often questions the role of automation in everyday life and how technology-reliant society silences and reinterprets identity. Her main areas of research are late 19th and early 20th century audiovisual and communication technology. She studies the practices of mid 20th century amateur electronics and radio enthusiasts and how they used homemade technology to augment and understand the world around them. She often draws on the formulas and aesthetics found in vintage D.I.Y. electronics magazines such as Popular Mechanix and Electronics Illustrated. In addition to her art practice, Darsha teaches workshops on experimental approaches to versatile technologies and does consulting with communities new to electronic media and open source practices.
source: .dpi: « In the Studio » with Darsha Hewitt :: By Tania Perlini
Magnetic Identity Liberation Front (04:03)
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The M.I.L.F. is an association that allows individuals to assert their unique identity. The M.I.L.F encourage willing participants to liberate their ‘personal magnetic identity’ by swiping a magnetic stripe card, from their wallet, through a card reader. The highly guarded information contained on the card is read and translated into an abstract sound sequence (specific to the card). Through trust and exchange, the M.I.L.F. engages with members of the community to question issues relating to possible interpretations and transformations of identity.