Joel Kern (JKDS)

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This website contains the visual outcomes from the hybrid practice of Joel Kern. These works include in-progress and completed projects from various points in his career. Works included are from his tenure at Krewe, MTWTF, as well as freelance and self-authored works over the past 10 years. 

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Human Processing Unit (HPU)

Client: Self-authored
Collaborators: JKDS
Status: Complete
Year: 2018
Tags: Environmental, Platform, Media

The human processing unit was a system of inputs (user behavior and characteristics), processing (the human operated graphical generation based on a set of pre-built criteria), and a single output (a graphical composition based on the users behavior and characteristics).

Prompted to create a system that uses input, processing, and output in 24 hrs. Interested in the human relationship with computing I decided to make a human processing unit or HPU for short. This word play further supports my idea of putting the human brain in the place of the CPU of the computer. This was inspired by the Mechanical Turk of the 1700’s, in which a human disguised oneself as an automated machine chess master.

I would engage the user in a space with four posters and a video projection mapped onto the space to create live feedback based on the user’s input. The user would enter the live space and place one indicator (the white dots seen here) per poster. As the user entered the live area the digital projection would begin to overlay unique marks based on the user’s input.