“The idea of the cognitariat… is connected to the idea that during the last years, perhaps the last decade, we lost touch with our body-with our social body, and our physical, erotic, body. Net culture and all the new forms of digital production and new media have erased our relationship with the social body.” – Franco Beradi Bifo
Bodies in Digital Space
How can technology can serve as an extension of/prosthetic for/parasite on the physical body?
How have our personal/collective identifications with/constructions of digital space differed from our constructions of other spaces in the past?
In “Digressions from the Memory of a Minor Encounter,” Raqs Media Collective writes about new possibilities of networks in time and space. However, they warn that ‘the first thing that dissolves under the pressure of this promiscuous density of contact across space is the assumption that different degrees of ‘now’ are obtained in different places, that Delhi or Dar es Salaam are somehow less ‘now’ than Detroit.” How do our interactions with digital space problematize our relations to those without access?
In collapsing a global vocabulary of pictures, the internet tends towards homogenization. However, Karen Archey discusses the internet as a possible site of community and congregation for subcultures that permits the socialization and articulation of otherwise repressed groups. To what extent does the internet allow the development of individuality?
In what ways does art engage or defy John Kelsey’s bleak terminology of “post-human” and “post-communal” in his essay “Next Level Spleen”?