Final summary

The tumblog experiment in this course essentially demonstrates how students experience  “disaggregation and reaggregation – taking things apart, scattering them across the network, and then having them put back together by the machine.” To me the tumblog experience was also about the creation of an online blogging identity through the weeks, and understanding the digital [...]

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Week twelve summary

This week has been devoted to researching articles and ideas for my final assignment. I started by googling for issues of posthuman identity and found the portrait of a posthuman by a visual artist.  The description of her work is useful as a starting point for reference to identity, where the human is seeking a [...]

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My final assignment notes: A critique of cyborg pedagogy

Selecting an assignment topic for me has been like a shot in the dark: although the philosophical arguments on posthumanism have been really difficult to get into, I have determined to look at it in greater detail.  I started my tumblog by claiming that I want these course materials to be digestable and readable by non-experts [...]

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Heidegger on Ontological Education, or: How We Become What We Are

“Real education lays hold of the soul itself and transforms it in its entirety by first of all leading us to the place of our essential being [Wesensort] accustoming us to it” (p253) “Genuine education leads us back to ourselves, to the place we are, teaches us to dwell there and transforms us in the [...]

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A phantasmal media approach to empowerment, identity, and computation

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Portrait of a posthuman

Who is posthuman?  This afternoon I am pondering the question of identity and agency in the posthuman world.  It seems from the description of the visual artist, the self is no longer very stable, in fact it is illusive.  Using Eva Rorandelli, the artist’s words: “frozen in awkward positions without a sense of themselves.” It [...]

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Week eleven summary

This last week’s tumblog has been focused on reviewing the various articles on Posthumanism to help shape my final assignment. I used the discussion questions to guide my reading and was only able to begin to consider question 4 in the list: What other connections might there be between cyborg theory and the pragmatics of [...]

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Taking apart, scattering, putting back together

Reflecting on this course’s tumblog experience, I can see this process working out well.  In this last block of studies, I am effectively taking apart Haraway, Hayle, Edwards, Penderson, Angus and Gough and then writing reflections on these (scattering) and publishing them on the tumblog.  In time I will be putting this back together again [...]

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Collection of links on cyborg pedagogy

Computer and writing:  The Cyborg Era Challenges of Cyborg Pedagogy A manifesto for cyborg pedagogy? Angus et al Klich, Rosemary, The `unfinished’ subject: Pedagogy and performance in the company of copies, robots, mutants and cyborgs International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media, Volume 8, Number 2, 18 September 2012 , pp. 155-170(16) Decoding Digital Pedagogy, [...]

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Is connectivism a cyborg pedagogy?

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Is posthuman educable? (Penderson, 2010)

I am intrigued by the choice of words so far used to describe the humanist traditions. In Penderson, it is the reference of “instabilities of humanist traditions/ideals of education and “institutionalised production, mediation, and development of knowledge”. (Penderson, 2010; 241) Instability conjures for me a sense that the foundations of the humanist traditions have some [...]

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Week ten summary

Week ten started with a skype session which helped to make some sense of the concepts of cyborgs and posthuman to a certain extent. Haraway’s writing was a struggle, and I decided to set it aside and try to look at any descriptions or visuals to help unravel the posthuman concept and I found “A [...]

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A Manifesto for cyborg pedagogy? Angus et al

I find this really quite interesting. The Cyborg Pedagogy reflects much of what we try to do to raise awareness of our connectedness with the world but it has given a new and refreshing way to look at it. A new cultural framework so to speak. The idea of responsible experimentation is a compelling one [...]

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The end of lifelong learning: a post-human condition by Edwards

This is enlightening. Edwards provided a number of binaries that illustrate the epistemological-ontological separation.(Edwards, 2010: 8) epistemology – ontology meaning – matter significance – substance subject – object theory – practice knowing – becoming apparent- real reflecting – intervening thinking – doing representing – experimenting This sums up his description of a post-human education which [...]

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A sum of parts: posthuman humans

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The posthuman future

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Week nine summary

This last week, I was responding to the ethnographies of the group, and those from the group. I have screen captured the responses as below:           The varied routes and presentation of the ethnography show how this course has allowed the freedom to explore one single topic.  The study of the [...]

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Donna Haraway: “From cyborgs to companion species”

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Posthuman: a concept, a non-human or half-human or neither?

This topic is completely out of my comfort zone. It reminded me of when I had to learn physics or Descartes, neither of these made sense to me! Perhaps I need an idiot’s guide to Posthumanist and Cyborgs. So here’s me trying to make sense of it all – I hope the application of these [...]

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Making sense of cyborgs, posthuman and human

It has been quiet at the Western Front! From ethnographies to philosophies of cyborgs and posthuman. To put myself in the shoes of a feminist, humanist, posthumanist and activist, all at the same time is quite a big ask! Thanks to Amy Woodgate, I think I have put on the right lenses, and I am [...]

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Week eight summary

My focus this week was to construct my ethnography. Little did I know that I would be writing up something completely different from Street Arts! It has been a steep learning curve, but I have learnt much from the reading, researching online ethnography and Street Arts, and finally the process of writing up an ethnography, [...]

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My virtual ethnography: an IVF blog

For a better view, try clicking on the full screen icon. Methodology I have gained some insight into online ethnography through Hine’s article and I wanted to see what he means by connective ethnography particularly the notion of “getting there” rather than “being there”,  how to allow the subjects to judge what is authentic, and [...]

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Week seven summary

The posts this last week  reflect my search on the street art community: to understand what street art is about, its culture, identify the players and actors, how public space is translated into digital spaces, and if the internet helped bring street artists together.  And if it does, what they actually do. I have finally [...]

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My ethnography progress so far

The plan: Search the field and connections – street art street art community street artist blogs street artist communities/forums What is the trend? A lot of new forums set up, sites such as stencil revolution is revived in the last six months. Looked at interesting sites, trace to a street artist in Australia, and then [...]

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In the end, they could only remove his installation by high-pressure hosing the whole tunnel from end to end; but they didn’t stop there, they continued onto every other tunnel in the city, cleaning them all!
Clément Bommel

It is here now, and it is here no longer. There is something quite profound in this. Several questions crossed my mind. Would this particular community have a strong sense of mission to change the world, to paint every empty wall in the city, and leave many traces before they are all erased from sight, [...]

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