Title

The Abject in the Technological Other

Author

Alex Bradley

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Communications Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Communications and Creative Industries

First Advisor

Max Pam

Second Advisor

Dr Dennis Wood

Abstract

A photographic project and exegesis demonstrating artificial intelligence and artificial life as occurrences of the abject. In the photographic project '0=2', the technologies of artificial intelligence and artificial life are examined in relation to identity, via an elaboration of the psychoanalytic concert of the 'abject'. An exegesis of the creative project contains an investigation of computer technologies in regard to identity, an analysis of the basic concepts and paradigms of the sciences of artificial intelligence and artificial life, and an elaboration of the psychoanalytic concept of the abject - demonstrating A.l. and a-life as cultural instantiations of abjection. In addition, an examination of the creative work provides a further amplification of these analyses. Both the creative work and the companion exegesis will contribute to cybercultural theory and arts practice, providing a psychoanalytic understanding of these scientific technologies.

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