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The Cyborg Subject

Reality, Consciousness, Parallax

Authors: Benjamin, Garfield

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This book outlines a new conception of the cyborg in terms of consciousness as the parallax gap between physical and digital worlds. The contemporary subject constructs its own internal reality in the interplay of the Virtual and the Real. Reinterpreting the work of Slavoj  Žižek and Gilles Deleuze in terms of the psychological and ontological construction of the digital, alongside the philosophy of quantum physics, this book offers a challenge to materialist perspectives in the fluid cyberspace that is ever permeating our lives. The inclusion of the subject in its own epistemological framework establishes a model for an engaged spectatorship of reality. Through the analysis of online media, digital art, avatars, computer games and science fiction, a new model of cyborg culture reveals the opportunities for critical and creative interventions in the contemporary subjective experience, promoting an awareness of the parallax position we all occupy between physical and digital worlds. 

About the authors

Garfield Benjamin is a cultural theorist and digital artist working with issues of subjectivity and reality in the digital age. He completed his PhD in Digital Technology Theory and Practice at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. His internationally exhibited digital art practice includes computer-generated images, interactive games and augmented reality. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Cyborg Subject: An Introduction

    Benjamin, Garfield

    Pages 1-33

  • The Open Subject: Media(tion) Between Worlds

    Benjamin, Garfield

    Pages 35-72

  • The Empty Subject: Void-in-Itself

    Benjamin, Garfield

    Pages 73-110

  • The Absent Subject: objet a-vatar

    Benjamin, Garfield

    Pages 111-148

  • The Undead Subject: Virtual Monsters

    Benjamin, Garfield

    Pages 149-184

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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58448-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cyborg Subject
Book Subtitle
Reality, Consciousness, Parallax
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58449-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58449-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58448-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 232
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