Identity in the Digital Age discussed inside-out

Symposium video still, image credit: Henrietta Thomas

L to R: Jane Boyer, David Houston Jones, Aiden Gregg, Annabel Dover, Catherine Horan

We had a great discussion!

Yesterday’s symposium, Identity in the Digital Age, was a fascinating, deliberate meander thorough topics on archiving – everything from mass data to body tattoos; identity – how we arrive at one, what we do with it, how we express it, how we relate ours to others and how new media is affecting it; objects – from letters, to teddy bears to bathtubs and beyond; memory and the sinister nature of not forgetting or having the right to forget; and culture from pre-alphabet people’s ‘acoustic space’ to our own taboos and the strange, almost off-kilter, awareness of seeing them change in real time. I can’t possibly do it justice…

…you’ll have to see the video!

Henri nearly has the final Artist is Conversation video ready, so we’ll have that soon and she’ll have the symposium video ready in the coming weeks.

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2 thoughts on “Identity in the Digital Age discussed inside-out

  1. enjoyed it very much. It was a good idea to get speakers from different disciplines who can give different insights into identity. Maybe even ask a scientist to join another time! I think there is a lot that can be said about the science of perception which helps us with our understanding of sense of identity and how it can fracture, distort and rebuild in different contexts. I also like the contradictory but creative juxtaposition of ‘sensor’ and ‘censor’ which occurred serendipitously to me out of the discussion – will think more on that!

    • janeboyer says:

      Hi Anthony, thanks very much for your comment. You are right, there is a great deal in the physical science of perception and sensory input. I’m convinced sensory perception is the reason for subjectivity. There is also a fascinating dichotomy in that our senses allow for an almost limitless array of experience and sensation but still we are bound by the limits of our perception. Perhaps Buddhism and other meditative practises would have something to say about that. Yes, that juxtaposition of ‘sensor’ and ‘censor’ which happened spontaneously, may also suggest a sinister pairing and a warning for what’s to come!

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