Symbiotic Collaborators: The New Creative Subject in Postdigital Participatory Art

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As the Internet promotes participatory culture, contemporary network-driven participatory art, which I refer to as “postdigital participatory art” (PPA), has introduced additional revolutionary creative subjects. PPA induces a distinctive type of collective agency beyond mere collaboration among individuals by means of the participatory architecture of the web. These anonymous, multiple participants distribute the authority power of creation throughout the network, transcending the limitations of time and space. In this paper, I attempt to theorize the attributes of these new creative subjects, which I refer to as “participant-superjects,” with the concept of superject (Whitehead [1929] 1978; Deleuze 1993) serving here to indicate “power by modulation.” I outline the attributes of these diffuse creative subjects and gauge their radical possibilities in terms of the agenda of experimental art. I argue that, based on the new sense of relationality, materiality, and ontological perception associated with the postdigital environment, these unique creative subjects are able to open up a new dimension of creativity that differs from the modernist model, which emphasizes the creativity of the individual. I hypothesize that the fluid power (Savat 2013) driven by this new creative subject exerts a latent force in building new social relations outside the logic of the capitalist system.

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Period18 May 2023
Event titleISEA2023 SYMBIOSIS: 28th International Symposium on Electronic Art
Event typeConference
LocationParis, FranceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

User-Defined Keywords

  • network-based participatory art
  • digital art
  • postdigital
  • author discourse
  • superject
  • Deleuze