Critical affection: an expanded portrait of the artist-as-player in digital cultures

Penney, T 2017, Critical affection: an expanded portrait of the artist-as-player in digital cultures, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Media and Communication, RMIT University.


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Title Critical affection: an expanded portrait of the artist-as-player in digital cultures
Author(s) Penney, T
Year 2017
Abstract Digital cultures engage users’ social, creative and emotional labour – a process that can be described as affective. For some theorists and artists, this dynamic is inherently exploitative. However, within this exploitation is the potential, particularly in social media and games, to provide fuel for playful critique. The concept of ‘play’ is frequently used to describe users’ engagement within such cultures. This phenomenon evokes a long history in the arts of deploying ‘critical play’ modalities. In light of this situation, how might we begin to sketch a broader portrait of a ‘player’ engaging with the site of ‘critical play’?

This PhD project explores this question through a mapping of artists’ critical play within digital environments. With the focus upon affective engagement in digital environments, I argue that it is the reflection and interrogation of processes of identity representation that, in turn, drive much of the motivation for ‘playing critically’ as a productive probe. More generally ‘Critical Affection, an expanded portrait of the artist-as-player in digital cultures’ seeks to contribute to play debates at the intersection of games studies, new media and contemporary art.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Subjects Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Electronic Media Art
Keyword(s) critical
affection
affect
digital art
caricature
ontogenesis
identity
play
critical play
mary flanagan
miguel sicart
gilbert simondon
gilles deleuze
affection-image
identity play
new media art
post internet art
real time 3D
3D art
game art
art games
unity 3D
the sims
faciality
faces
fascism
gay online dating
grindr
online dating
queer
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