Cyborg metaphysics and the integration of science and art

Thoughts from my class “Recent Methods and Approaches” in the Digital Arts and New Media program.

In response to Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto” essay.

For some decades, the STS (Science and Technology Studies) community, and to some extent the arts community, has been at odds with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) community, as most (in)famously exemplified by C.P. Snow’s “Two Cultures” 1956 lecture.

Donna Haraway takes to task this separation in her “Cyborg Manifesto” essay, writing: “taking responsibility for the social relations of science and technology means refusing an anti-science metaphysics, a demonology of technology, and so means embracing the skilful

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Facebook as the ultimate 21st century social media panopticon

Thoughts from my class “Recent Methods and Approaches” in the Digital Arts and New Media program.

A response to Michel Foucault’s, “Panopticism” in Discipline and Punish.

 

Foucault’s “Panopticism” essay can be read as a recipe for creating a successful social media network such as Facebook. By following the recipe, “entrepreneurs” could create an “innovation” such as Facebook with a structure that assumes power through the enforcement of relationship-forming and expression in a particular way.

Although Facebook supporters might argue that Facebook is merely a tool that can be used or not used in any way a “user” desires, the Facebook Panopticon

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Authenticity and data-driven or interactive artworks

Thoughts from my class “Recent Methods and Approaches” in the Digital Arts and New Media program.

A response to Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” and Anne Collins Goodyear’s “From Technophilia to Technophobia: The Impact of the Vietnam War on the Reception of ‘Art and Technology’“, LEONARDO, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 169-173, 2008.

 

The concept of “aura” as a feature of authentic artworks, as discussed by Benjamin in “The work of art in the age of mechanical reproducibility” seems to inhere in the object and therefore privileges the object as a

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