Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture
Professor Marina Perez de Mendiola
Professor Andrew Aisenberg
The virtual is far from immaterial and its expressions are multifarious. The infrastructure of a technologic-globalism has opened new pathways of desecration, created new networks of exploitation, and reinforced fraught foundations. Tabita Rezaire and Morehshin Allahyari are two artists whose radical technofeminist and new materialist practices engage with counterdiscourses in the face of the globalized interfaces of technology; from mappings of submarine fiber optic network cables or understanding water as a knowledge repository, to 3D printed queered figures of Islamic mysticism and hypertext narratives. In these anachronistic approaches to technological use and analyses, archives become possibilities for renderings of futurity and the reality of virtual mattering comes to the surface. The works they've produced are not just limited to fabulations or aestheticised interfacing, they interrogate the ontology of technology (its possibilities and placements), and challenge global western hegemony while indicting the ongoing processes of colonialism.
Franklin, Neelufar, "Globalized Interfaces and Anticolonial Engagements with Material Technologies of Empire: Tabita Rezaire and Morehshin Allahyari’s Works" (2019). Scripps Senior Theses. 1475.
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