Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
This thesis deals with the impact of digital life on individuals by examining how real things become virtual bodies of information. Throughout this text, I weave key theoretical and literary references between my own thoughts and experiences which led to the work that appears in this book. I find it useful to attend to the spaces in between entities, theories, and technolo- gies. In these undefined spaces lies the spiritual dimension of media, the everyday magic that makes digital life possible. These ‘in-betweens’ are the site of transcendence granted by technology. In my practice, I’ve learned that things have a certain resistance to being captured, so the transcen- dence we gain is incomplete and muddled by corruption, distortion, and loss. I conclude with the suggestion of a new term to refer to the separate entity of data that constitutes a fractured and fragmented digital double. This cyberflesh is an evolving, vulnerable being, captured by media and contained within the global infrastructure of technology.
Metz, Jordan, "Cyberflesh: The Me I've Made for You" (2023). Masters Theses. 1038.
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