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Sensual Alterity of Digital Objects

Slater, Theresa R. (2016) Sensual Alterity of Digital Objects. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Slater, Theresa R.

This thesis hypothesizes ways in which contemporary theory constructs sensual qualities in digital objects. I disrupt the common epistemological understandings of objects to describe what constitutes a sensual alterity. The sensible object is defined to be something more than representing a real object. This thesis expands upon demonstration files available in breve, an open-source, multi-agent simulation software. The digital object substructure is unpacked through the lenses of theorists Karan Barad and Graham Harman. I negotiate digital bodies as vertices and attributes to be ontologically stable. I formulate rasterization (transferring vector to pixel visualization) to be a model of the intra-actions (assemblage of causal forces) of agential separability (practice of mattering) showcasing the apparatus as inexhaustible in its penetrative cut. I explore this sensual exteriority and apply the apparatus of touch to indicate the capacity of digital objects to experience otherness, or sensual alterity.

Date: April 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: object, digital, simulation, sensual, apparatus, boundary, touch, alterity, rasterization, exteriority.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 14:08
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 23:45
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/634

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