There's rue for you, and here's some for me

Hadi Mehrpouya, Dominic Smith

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Here, we explore the notions of streams and streaming; processes such as datafication, new time space configurations and their effects on us and our bodies through tragedies of Hamlet and Narcissus. The stratification of time and experience contributed towards overcoding of self-identity and self-awareness, imagination, un/consciousness, perceptions and the expectations of individuals. Capitalist processes of double articulation from one side codified our senses through unification of time and experience. From the other side, a second articulation transformed time and space into a new flow of digital streaming through reterritorialization of time-space topologies by intensifying data streams. Streams are a “set of operations that regulate space-time through the cybernetic feedback loop.”. Loop and feedback loops are one of the most common exercises of power.

We start by examining the important epistemic role tragedies can play in-forming our understanding of our entanglements with technology. We then discuss streams and their effects by revisiting the experiences of Ophelia and her body in the stream, its conscious and unconsciousness state, pain and her death. Second, we mobilize the tragedy of Narcissus and draw comparisons between biological and digital ontologies of streams and suggest techniques to ‘trouble the waters of’/ challenge existing digital streams.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2020
EventIndeterminate Futures / The Future of Indeterminacy - Univeristy of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Nov 202015 Nov 2020


ConferenceIndeterminate Futures / The Future of Indeterminacy
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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