“The Transmediated Self”: An Interactive and Visual Metaphor of Human Cognition

  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Anatol Bologan, Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo, Joseph Orr, and Vidya Sridhar, “The Transmediated Self”: An Interactive and Visual Metaphor of Human Cognition

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  • “The Transmediated Self”: An Interactive and Visual Metaphor of Human Cognition

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  • “The Transmediated Self” draws upon contemporary discourse and theoretical debates surrounding concepts of subjectivity and objectivity in relationship to the mediated self. The artwork is grounded in interdisciplinary collaboration between art and science, in particular Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Neuroscience and Interactive Arts. “The Transmediated Self” presents a deconstructed human form, overlapped by video of the artist, 3D mesh and maps of active areas and tracks of the brain as well as medical MRI scans of the head of the artist, in order to demonstrate the contrast between humanist and technicist approaches to viewing the human and “the self”. The main artist serves as the subject of the medical imaging and as the primary subject for this art-based study. This intentional use of contrasting visual methods serves to highlight and question our cultural predisposition to “virtual media” and our trust in technological platforms as origins of informational and cultural “truth”.

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