Body, desire and (cyber)space
The network has led to new long-distance relationships in which the expectation of real contact is not even necessary. Thousands, millions of people are united on the cyberspace, but their real condition is a connected loneliness in which the longed body is absent and yet releases a multiplied erotic energy. How can we feel desire when the other is a disintegrated subject protected by the screen pixels? Are we indulging in a culture of mirage? To what extent will this phenomenon transform the sphere of human relations?
At the beginning of the 21st century, a new culture based on the absence of the material body and its virtual explosion on the screen began to take shape. The network mediates the relationship with the other and gives rise to fluid forms of imagination, desire and the different worlds that inhabit the connected subject.
Remedios Zafra is a writer and theorist specialised on the critical study of contemporary culture, feminism and identity politics in networks. She is Lecturer of Art, Gender Studies and Digital Culture at the University of Seville and Lecturer of Social Anthropology at Uned. She is also the author of works such as Los que miran (2016), Ojos y Capital (2015); (h)adas. Mujeres que crean, programan, prosumen, teclean (2013) and Un cuarto propio conectado. (Ciber)espacio y (auto)gestión del yo (2010). Her essays have been awarded the Publico 2013 Letters Prize and the Communication Prize of the Association of Women Journalists of Catalonia 2010, among others.
She has been a guest researcher at the Royal College of Art, University of London; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London; Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London; Center for the study of the networked image, London South Bank University; Technological Institute of Higher Studies of the West of the University of Guadalajara; National University of Colombia and at Princeton University.