Your work often explores what makes us human, and how we engage with intimacy via hand-held technology. What is it that interests you about this?
The speed of technological developments is a crucial part of the world we live in. My interest is the human experience and I found it interesting how much emotional energy we invest into our devices. I couldn’t help thinking that self-regard and emotional interplay were clever ways of seducing humans into an ever-greater dependency on technology. Last year, I made a large installation for Eastside Projects in Birmingham, called ‘When Screens Break’. It imagined the way we would be drawn into virtual worlds once our physical world became too unstable and described the ways we were being seduced to comply with AI. My recent work has been underpinned by a common theme – that of being under the spell of advanced capitalism and wondering if anything will break the spell.
Donna J. Haraway, 'Simians, Cyborgs, and Women', 1991
Simians, Cyborgs and Women is a powerful collection of ten essays written between 1978 and 1989. Although on the surface, simians, cyborgs and women may seem an odd threesome, Haraway describes their profound link as "creatures" which have had a great destabilizing place in Western evolutionary technology and biology. Throughout this book, Haraway analyzes accounts, narratives, and stories of the creation of nature, living organisms, and cyborgs. At once a social reality and a science fiction, the cyborg--a hybrid of organism and machine--represents transgressed boundaries and intense fusions of the nature/culture split. By providing an escape from rigid dualisms, the cyborg exists in a post-gender world, and as such holds immense possibilities for modern feminists.
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Hito Steyerl, 'Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead?', November 2013
Is the internet dead?1 This is not a metaphorical question. It does not suggest that the internet is dysfunctional, useless or out of fashion. It asks what happened to the internet after it stopped being a possibility. The question is very literally whether it is dead, how it died and whether anyone killed it.
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