Looking back on my engagement with the MSc in e-learning, over these past few years various topics have emerged:

  • creating dialogue
  • building communities
  • identity
  • personal learning environments
  • digital presence
  • speed
  • time
  • space
  • narratives
  • electric portfolios
  • visuality
  • strategies
  • pedagogy
  • ethics
This spectrum highlights the pervasiveness of online activity.
In the context of aesthetic spaces, in particular for the visual arts, the experience of  ’space’ in which these digital artifacts are presented can be seen as a ‘new frontier’.
For the assignment, the ‘digital-ness’ will be maintained ‘a priori’, there is no escape: the virtual space these bytes occupy will be another digital patch in the internet topology. How the topology will be effected remains to be seen, no doubt influenced by Deleuzian workings.
Crossing these imaginary html boundaries will present an interesting challenge, mixing human consciousness with a machine-driven discipline.
I guess we are all cyborgs now, in our online and offline modes,   a surface for ‘grafting onto’ (p 217) Rob Shields.


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