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- Keep your virtual hands off me! Paranoia, affect and influencing machines
- Tofts, Darren
- We have become so accustomed to the human-computer interface that its strangeness has become numbed by habit. Media artists often provide the most forceful articulation of this habitude. Their work reminds us of the strange relations between embodiment and disembodiment, presence and telepresence. This essay examines Zoe Beloff's 2001 interactive video installation The Influencing Machine of Miss Natalija A in the context of these relations. The idea of media as a means of affect, of virtually reaching out and touching someone, is critiqued in this work. Beloff defamilarises our intimacy with our machines, offering a timely allegory of the impact of technology on our lives.
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- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology.
- Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, No. 17 (2008)
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- 190203 Electronic Media Art; 190205 Interactive Media; 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
- Beloff, Zoe; Communication; Digital media; Media theory; Technology; The Influencing Machine of Miss Natalija A; Virtual communication
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- Copyright © 2008 Darren Tofts. Paper reproduced here with the kind permission of the publisher.
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