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‘Cybiog and Sexed Digitalia. The Self Portrait in Digital Art’

Florence, P; (2003) ‘Cybiog and Sexed Digitalia. The Self Portrait in Digital Art’. Digital Creativity , 14 (3) pp. 144-151.

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Is digital self-portraiture a new form? This essay suggests that it is, and introduces the term 'cybiog' to differentiate it from both autobiography and self-portraiture. Cybiog is understood, not as the description of an original self or its chrono-teleology, but rather as the generation of mutating subjectivities. This change in subjectivity or 'identity-effect' is linked to the female through a brief historical look at the self-portrait, and through an analogy with fetishism. The question of how the traces of a sexed self may subsist in cyberspace is explored through the concept of 'sexed digitalia'.

Type: Article
Title: ‘Cybiog and Sexed Digitalia. The Self Portrait in Digital Art’
Keywords: digital art, subjectivity, self, portrait, autobiography
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/158179
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