“Exploreing various speculative truths (and fictions) present within the complexities of living and nonliving bodies, those who are represented within real-life experiences and encounters and those who are present in avatars and online platforms.
Questioning the circumstances surrounding our states of individual and collective being, the programme traverses the myriad ways we conduct ourselves and our behaviours — our emotions and body language, our learned social etiquettes and intimate gestures, and our ability to work and talk together to enforce change — as a way of asserting new forms of experience. The layering, multiplicity and diversity of our collective existence is interrogated in the programme through computational, cultural, political, and other perspectives.”
What do I think of reality? What is the reality in digital culture, the reality in politic, the reality in technology, etc.?
During Covid-19 world, we were haphazardly finding our way through ingrained routines and the mundanities of existence. Personal identity, our personal realities, are an effect of the unification of the past and future with one’s present. The inability to unify these passages of time, especially in times of stress or routine mundanity, reduces us to being an experience of pure material signifiers, unrelated markers of gesture, object, form (a facial expression, words on a page, an image etc). This dislocation of our bodies situated firmly on solid ground exacerbated our fears for the uncertainty of the United Kingdom and Europe; frustration at austerity motivated funding cuts in our National Health Service; our cultural sector; inherent racism and sexism without our emergency services; and our complex education matrix.
In a post-Covid-19 world, we find it difficult to forget the impacts of “social distancing”; what it felt and looked like to have empty streets and empty supermarket shelves from the spread of panic; the acceptance of resigning a set of personal liberties in favour of the greater good; embracing an enforced police state; and the growth of conspiracies. Remembering these thoughts will be implicit in understanding our new reality. We may now be in a position to logically understand our future, but how we respond to these past events — and how we should treat our social systems with more respect, love and care — will be paramount.
We cannot predict the future, but what we have done, what’s our attitude and behaviour about the happened event make the causes, which lead to our future, the new reality. There is a saying goes:”the books you read, the people you met, the movies you watch, the things you experienced are all effecting you, it is also an interplay process.” Because the epidemic, makes me cannot go back my country for nearly two years. Everything is changed to fit this time period. I am seeing meaningful recalibration of our relationship to identity, labor, health and love. The remote digital telephone, virtual video call to connect with my family; the pandemic and lonely psychology to deal with unpredictable situations in an alien country; the special policy I met, etc.. The vulnerable webs of policy, human, society, environment, culture and other act-network are keeping continuous changing. That’s the reality, this moment is reality.