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Digital Amnesia | Tobias Linnemann Ewé

Archives are repositories of the past orientated towards the future and creation of cultural memory. Up until recently, most digital archives for new media art were products of established museums and archives attempting to grasp what was, at this point, an uncharted art form. These institutions brought with them centuries…

The Perfect Soldier | Virtual Interactive Worlds

The Perfect Soldier is a performance piece that explores the connection between personality traits and the human soldier. Throughout history, the ideal of the perfect soldier was of an individual who was more machine than man, lacking core personality traits such as empathy, guilt, and doubt. As technological development advances,…

Boundary | Wenqian Leng

Boundary is a series of photographs created by Wenqian Leng, expressing the feeling of being excluded from or being trapped by the boundaries in life. As a Chinese student studying in the U.S., Wenqian has experienced and seen many boundaries, including those between different ethnic and social groups, which are…

Double Tap, Construe | Joan Oh

More often than not, Joan’s work examines the residual effects cyber-culture has indiscernibly brought forth to our tangible existence. Through various mediums such as photography, video, and installation, her practice takes precedence on analyzing rules of tradition- turning to research, history, and the ordinary context of everyday occurrences to resurface artifacts of human experiences. Double Tap,…

Black Feminism, Hashtags, and the Importance of Twitter to American Studies | Amanda Lineberry

Erica L. Williams @EricaLWilliams ∙ Aug 14 “The negative reactions to #solidarityisforwhitewomen & #blackpowerisforblackmen are evidence of the embattled position of black women.”[1]   In August of 2013, Twitter became a platform for a heated debate around black feminism that highlights the intersectionality of gender and race using two hashtags:…

Eating Disorders in the Digital Age | Matt Wetsel

In a generation that has accepted technology and specifically the internet as a central aspect of their lives, the way we connect with others has inevitably changed along with it. A decade ago, I recall many people in my life were wary about making purchases online, making friends, online dating,…

Grindr: Contemporary Ecstasy | Jon Henry

Introduction It wasn’t until the advent of Tinder, the popular casual dating app that launched in 2013, that I could quickly explain Grindr, launched in 2009, and all its clones (Hornet, Scruff, Growler, Jack’d, A4A, Radar) to a non-queer audience. Grindr is a cellular digital space for men with same…