'Nothing But Sunshine': Writing Across Monsoonal Lines, Inflecting Electronic Arts

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Wedded to the air is the substance of data, the drift of code in atmospheres of the natural. The word on the ground is ‘locative’ but the mood in the skies diffuse; commentary, memoranda, a trace. This paper contemplates the significance of place in the process of electronic writing, giving thought to particular negotiations of corporeality in the aesthetics of interaction. Considering the proposition of digital social networks, it evokes moments of generativity from the electronic turbulence of the air, asking of the silence its manner of speaking. One voice writes: ‘Will reply to your thread in the next hour.’ Another, ‘I struggle dicing onions.’ Contingent practices require provisional processes of recognition, philosophies which wrest surprise. It is with this spirit that the paper makes its theoretical engagements as buoyant as its affective intent—call it inspired, call it heuretic, call it a narrative towards flight. How shall we address the torrents of the air that tempt the entanglements of the earth?


Keywords: Aesthetics, Electronic Arts, Digital Communications, Cultural Studies, Corporeality
Stream: Media Arts Practices: Television, Multimedia, Digital, Online and Other New Media
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: ‘Nothing But Sunshine’


Dr. Lisa McDonald

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Post-Colonial Studies
Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Lisa McDonald is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Post-colonial Studies at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. In recent years she has taught in communication studies and cultural studies at the same University, and in media and academic literacies at the University of Adelaide. Her current interests extend into relations between the humanities and the biological sciences and follow her doctoral research into the cultural and institutional practices of fertility science. She works with digital and photomedia arts.

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