A Cyborg at Myrtle Beach

Donna Haraway's foundational text, "A Cyborg Manifesto", published in 1991, informs the praxis of many cyberfeminist contemporary artists, especially vis-a-vis the current technological, social and political developments (indelibly connected), which could only be imagined when Haraway began writing her essay, in 1983. The cyborg emerges as a timely alternative to the monolithic and essentialist category … Continue reading A Cyborg at Myrtle Beach

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Surveillance and biometrics: producing meaning through measurement

In her introduction to the book “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness”, Simone Browne presents the concept of racializing surveillance, “when enactments of surveillance reify boundaries along racial lines, thereby reifying race, and where the outcome of this is often discriminatory and violent treatment”. The author does not perceive surveillance of black subjects to … Continue reading Surveillance and biometrics: producing meaning through measurement

Citation Needed: Activism for Equal Access

On January 6, 2011, Aaron Swartz – a research fellow at Harvard University, as well as a computer programmer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist – was arrested for breaking-and-entering charges, regarding the systematic downloading of academic journal articles from JSTOR. He was charged with 2 counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer … Continue reading Citation Needed: Activism for Equal Access