Originally presented as a live event at Parson’s School for Design, Augmentation and Alienation: Between Emancipation and Control, attempted to situate and respond to conditions of alienation in complex social conditions. OfAC members Joshua Johnson and Patricia Reed provided lectures on the topic, while Keith Tilford offered a response.

Joshua Johnson’s lecture focused on the informational deficits between environmental and social complexity, and potential methods for orienting and steering within these environments. Patricia Reed proposed new perspectives on the condition of alienation, regarding it as a constructive constraint and site for creative renegotiation. Keith Tilford’s response queried both presenters’ distinct views on alienation, and complicated the recurring motifs of modelization, representation, and augmentation.