The Critical Engineer

0. The Critical Engineer considers Engineering to be the most transformative language of our time, shaping the way we move, communicate and think. It is the work of the Critical Engineer to study and exploit this language, exposing its influence.

The Critical Engineer understands that technology is pervasive and influences the way we interact with each other and ourselves. Therefore, the Engineer realizes that understanding how Engineering works is of utmost importance, because it allows them to manipulate the culture around them and demonstrate to others the amount of influence that it holds over us.

This tenet defines an artist’s intent in engaging their audience and forcing them to critically engage with the world around them, regardless of whether they work with technology or not. We realize that technology controls many people’s lives, and that its interconnectedness with so many different fields and things makes it a central target for commentary. The Facebook game Social Roulette gave Facebook users a 1 in 6 chance of deleting their accounts. Its intention was to force users to reflect on the extent and importance of their digital personas.

Author: madeleine

maddy (madeleine?) varner is a freshman art student at carnegie mellon university. she gets along with computers well enough. she has a youtube ( and an openprocessing ( her twitter is @mlvarner