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Metaphors of Internet

Ways of Being in the Age of Ubiquity

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Edited By Annette N. Markham and Katrin Tiidenberg

What happens when the internet is absorbed into everyday life? How do we make sense of something that is invisible but still so central? A group of digital culture experts address these questions in Metaphors of Internet: Ways of Being in the Age of Ubiquity.

Twenty years ago, the internet was imagined as standing apart from humans. Metaphorically it was a frontier to explore, a virtual world to experiment in, an ultra-high-speed information superhighway. Many popular metaphors have fallen out of use, while new ones arise all the time. Today we speak of data lakes, clouds and AI. The essays and artwork in this book evoke the mundane, the visceral, and the transformative potential of the internet by exploring the currently dominant metaphors. Together they tell a story of kaleidoscopic diversity of how we experience the internet, offering a richly textured glimpse of how the internet has both disappeared and at the same time, has fundamentally transformed everyday social customs, work, and life, death, politics, and embodiment.

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Chapter Seventeen: Interview with Artist Cristina Nuñez

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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Interview with Artist Cristina Nuñez

Cristina Nuñez is an artist and a social activist. She started taking self-portraits in her early 20s as a form of self-therapy. During the past decade she has used her own experience to create a unique workshop methodology called The Self-Portrait Experience (SPEX) and conducted these workshops all around the world. The workshop is for artists, photographers, therapists, leaders, university students, prison inmates, people with various diseases and the general public, and Cristina aims to help them to learn to convert their vulnerability and emotions into art. In 2013 she started her ongoing net-art project La Vie en Rose, on video, performance and web, with the real goal of finding her perfect partner. This is a conversation between Annette Markham, Katrin Tiidenberg and Cristina Nuñez on the ways of being a photographer and the photographed in the era of ubiquitous smartphone cameras and internet connection.

Kat and Annette: Building on your experiences with self-discovery and self-healing via photographic practices—how would you describe living in the world of ubiquitous photography and ubiquitous internet?

Cristina: When I started taking pictures of myself in 1988, digital photography and the internet were not available to me and there were no social networks. After spending a childhood feeling invisible and lonely, and teenage years as a heroin addict, I desperately needed to be seen by others and relate to them. But I wasn’t ready, because I...

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