Werewolves, Magnetic Fields and Fingerprints of a Technological Imaginary

Ted Hiebert

Ted Hiebert’s talk is an exploration of the technological imaginary, with a particular focus on the area of overlap between digital culture and artistic practice. Bringing together Roland Barthes’ theory of technology as an extension of theatre and Nicolas Bourriaud’s formulation of relational art, the talk examines spaces where technology might be understood as relational, deeply embedded in discourses of aesthetics and performance, but equally invested in maintaining the creative possibilities of social living. Situated amidst questions of theatre, technology and art, this talk is also as a series of reflections on the possibilities of posthuman living. Using three art projects as catalysts for the discussion, a theory born of photographic practice will be expanded, as a visualization of technology and of the aesthetics of posthuman possibility.

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This is the imagination seen technologically; technology seen photographically; and, photography understood for its deep relationship to the paradoxes of representation and performance. These are the stories of werewolves, magnetic fields and fingerprints of a technological imaginary — a story of delirious subjectivity, a story of imagination fields and a story of the encounter with darkness.

Ted Hiebert is a Canadian visual artist, curator and theorist, and an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Washington Bothell. His artworks have been shown in Canada and abroad, most recently at Shift Collaborative Studio (Seattle, WA), the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art (Xi’an, China) and Truck Contemporary Art (Calgary, AB). Recent curatorial projects have included “More Often Than Always, Less Often Than Never,” (Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC) and the 2010 World Telekinesis Competition (Center for Serious Play, University of Washington Bothell, WA).

He is the author of several articles and chapters on the imagination and digital culture, published in such journals as CTheory, The Psychoanalytic Review, Technoetic Arts and others. Hiebert is a member of the Editorial Board of CTheory. http://www.tedhiebert.net