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Introduction

  • Michaela Ott
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Abstract

The Introduction raises the question of whether the concepts of the individual and of individuality are still valid and epistemologically illuminative today. It speculates as to whether the human being can still be considered an “undivided” entity, given current microscopic observations, contemporary media practices, and the multi-directional orientations of the single person in composite cultures. It proposes that we think of the bio(techno)logical and socio(techno)logical participations, the recordings of living beings and the articulations of certain contemporary art practices as “dividuations” or “dividual processes”—terms derived from philosophical concepts coined by Gilbert Simondon and Gilles Deleuze. It also problematises the ambivalent status of these manifold participations, their affirmed or involuntary character, and the ensuing shifts in human subjectivations, asking that their impact be monitored.

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  • Michaela Ott
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