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FCJ-059 Domestic ICTs, Desire and Fetish

Michael Arnold, Martin Gibbs, Chris Shepherd Unviversity of Melbourne, Australia We make our objects from what we make of our world, and in return they teach us: this is fetishism’s object lesson. Ellen Lee McCallum (1999: xxii) Introduction Matthew lives alone in a run-down, one-bedroom apartment in Melbourne suburbia. Visitors to Matthew’s home are extremely…


FCJ-058 Contact Aesthetics and Digital Arts: At the Threshold of the Earth

Warwick Mules Central Queensland University, Australia ‘Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and immovable’. (Baudelaire, ‘The Painter of Modern Life’, 1863) Aesthesis Modern aesthetics has always been concerned with the human senses in apprehension of art objects.[1] In modern aesthetic experience something…


FCJ-057 The Case of ‘Mafiaboy’ and the Rhetorical Limits of Hacktivism

Gary Genosko Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada Canada proved to be the home of the most notorious Web hacker to date, “Mafiaboy,” a Montreal teen who intermittently crippled the Web sites of Amazon, CNN, Dell, eBay, and Yahoo! from 7-15 February 2000 by means of a distributed denial of service attack in which Web servers…


FCJ-056 Cultural planning and Chaos Theory in Cyberspace: some notes on a Digital Cultural Atlas Project for Western Sydney

Bob Hodge and Elaine Lally University of Western Sydney A perennial issue for digital politics has been the debate between those who claim a liberatory role for digital technologies and those who see them as instruments for a more effective oppression. We prefer to avoid such abstract oppositions and ask more specific questions: what kind…


FCJ-055 Prosthetics Making Sense: Dancing the Technogenetic Body

Erin Manning Concordia University, Montréal Explorations of new technologies and dance, led by Mark Coniglio, Scott de Lahunta, Antonio Camurri and others, focus on the difficulty of locating gesture-as-such. One key to developing sensitive software is understanding — and embedding into the software program — what a gesture is. In a recent paper, Scott de…


FCJ-054 Digital Bodies and Disembodied Voices: Virtual Idols and the Virtualised Body

Daniel Black Monash University, Australia Introduction The virtual idol, a computer-generated media celebrity, is a figure representative of a cultural milieu in which arrangements of data seem interchangeable with physical materiality. We are currently in an historical moment when form, information and data are widely understood to be rendering matter, physicality and flesh increasingly redundant….


Issue 09 – General Issue

Let us for a moment call the field we work in “new media studies”. Immediately, questions arise. For a start, one of the wonderful things about the field we work in – as thinkers, as practitioners – is that its name is constantly contested. New media, digital media, multimedia, internet studies, computer media, inter-media, simply…