Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Surrogate Self
Peter W. Coppin
2nd Author
3rd Author
Master of Fine Arts
Number of Pages
Carnegie Mellon University
Thesis Supervisor
Simon Penny
Supervisor e-mail
Other Supervisor(s)
Steven Kurtz, Bryan Rogers
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
Fine Arts (Electronic and Time Based Media)
Languages Familiar to Author
URL where full thesis can be found
telepresence, telepresence art, telerobot, robotics art, electronic media, cyborg, surragate self
Abstract: 200-500 words
Everyday life in turn-of-the-Millennium America depends on information networks connecting people at remote locations for activities that were previously carried out in person, such as working, socializing and shopping. These information networks reflect a suburb/city model of urban planning that is itself decentralized and dependent on information networks for normal operation. Peter Coppin is a product of the Dallas/Ft. Worth technosphere, a prime example of a decentralized city that requires mass use of information networks for its very existence. Peter’s life and educational experiences within that decentralized technosphere included time periods both with and without television, as well as employment in the product development department of an interactive television company. These factors influenced Peter to create work that attempts to explore and resolve the isolation engendered by urban sprawl. Graduate work in the School of Art at CMU consisted of six projects that attempted to create a system for remote interaction as a poetic resolution of this isolation. The culmination of this work, “Project Paradise,” used principles of remote human interaction that were developed over the previous five projects.