Week 2 Response 1 – Theories and Positions in Digital Performance

Chapter 7: Cyber culture including digital performance is highly influenced by the theories of postmodernism and deconstruction. Structuralism tries to define arts with putting focus on the relationships and structuralists believed that things are can be explained by examining relationships. However, Post-Structuralism suggests that the relationships are ever changing so that arts cannot be simply defined by looking at the relationships because relationships are practically unlimited which makes the arts indeterministic. Thus indiscreet acceptance of theories in digital performance is sometimes inappropriate.

Chapter 8: Just like how women, Chicanos, Afro/native Americans in the US and Canada get discriminated in art world in 80s, many artists who cannot get helped by advanced technology are discriminated in today’s digital performance world. Because, there is a clear boarder that separates artists who do not have access from the high-technology art world. This “Digital borderlands”(Page 159) can be considered as inequality or discrimination of opportunity. Thus we can consider people who have accesses to advanced digital technology are privileged in cyberspace, interactive media art and design. On the other hand people who do not have accesses are left behind from the cyber border. Around the art and digital technology, ethnocentrism clearly exists like how actual borders between countries exist.

“The new” has slowed down and digital technology is not so new anymore, yet instead of having a “global village” we are experiencing “global gated community” (Page 180) due to the digital borderlines. They claim that pure technology serves no practical purpose.

Question/ something to think about: What are the similarities and differences between the cyber border and the border that exists among cultures, countries, etc.?

* All inline citations are from following content.

Dixon, Steve (2007-02-23). Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation (Leonardo Book Series). The MIT Press. Kindle Edition.

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