Seek­ing Syn­cretism in Post-Bi­o­log­i­cal Mixed Re­al­ity Data Trans­fer Sys­tems

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  • Don’t Anthropomorpise Me: Electronic Performance Tools, Automatons and The Vanity Apocalypse

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  • Seek­ing Syn­cretism in Post-Bi­o­log­i­cal Mixed Re­al­ity Data Trans­fer Sys­tems

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  • Panel: Don’t Anthropomorpise Me: Electronic Performance Tools, Automatons and The Vanity Apocalypse

    My con­tri­bu­tion to this panel seeks to analyse syn­cretic, hy­bridized agency, par­tic­u­larly in mixed re­al­ity data trans­fer sys­tems. Syn­cretism has tra­di­tion­ally been re­garded as an at­tempt to har­monise and anal­o­gise (in other words seek­ing like­ness within un­like things, and unity in dif­fer­ence,usu­ally rel­a­tive to dis­parate be­liefs and cul­tural prac­tices. Re­cent de­vel­op­ments in bridg­ing au­tonomous re­la­tion­ships with ma­chines through mixed re­al­ity in­ter­fac­ing has brought about the need for fur­ther analy­sis of these new post-bi­o­log­i­cal, hy­bridized states of being that tra­verse tra­di­tional par­a­digms of time and space. Syn­cretism may fa­cil­i­tate fur­ther un­der­stand­ing of multi-lay­ered world views, both ma­te­r­ial and meta­phys­i­cal, that are emerg­ing from our en­gage­ment with such per­va­sive com­pu­ta­tional tech­nolo­gies and post-bi­o­log­i­cal sys­tems. It is a pop­u­lar be­lief that we are now, through a media con­ver­gent, par­tic­i­pa­tory cul­ture (that is in­te­grated so­cially through a sub­net­work of plat­forms) cre­at­ing a ‘col­lec­tive in­tel­li­gence’ that ex­ists in a ‘global vil­lage’ of knowl­edge (data) trans­fer. This per­spec­tive evades tra­di­tional mytho­log­i­cal no­tions of an­thro­po­mor­phic in­ter­ac­tion as it moves be­yond the in­di­vid­ual and into a uni­ver­sal model of open ac­cess.

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