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Becoming Alexa

Authored by: Lauren McCarthy , Jacina Leong

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367197162
eBook ISBN: 9780429242816
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Lauren McCarthy is an LA-based artist examining social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation, and algorithmic living. She is the creator of p5.js, an open source programming language with over 1.5 million users, for learning creative expression through code online. Curator Jacina Leong interviews McCarthy, who talks about her play with automated, sensing technologies such as Amazon’s virtual home assistant Alexa in her project SOMEONE (2019), becoming a human version of Alexa in LAUREN (2018), and FOLLOWER (2018), a participatory service that provides a real-life follower for a day.

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