Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing

Presented by: Dr Samantha Lindop

Date: Friday 18 June 2021
Time: 12–1pm
Location: Online via Zoom 


Abstract

Central to ubiquitous computing is the assimilation of interactive technologies into the everyday material world, allowing for progressively seamless interconnections between humans and software. Ubiquitous computing refers to nomadic, human centred technologies that move through physical space with us via equipment that is perpetually connected to the internet. This includes smart devices, personal assistants, and wearables, but it also applies to multisensory AI innovations like Gatebox’s 3D holographic companion/wife Azuma Hikari: a goldfish sized moe figuring housed in a high-tech glass capsule. This presentation examines the role of holographic technologies to facilitate human-software interrelationships from a posthuman perspective. Drawing on fictional representations of humanoid-hologram intimacy in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and real-life creations Azuma Hikari and Hatsune Miku, I argue that 3D holographic humanoids obfuscate boundaries between organic and synthetic, material and immaterial in significant ways. Holographs are a graphic example of how hybridised spaces created by ubiquitous computing, coupled with increasingly perpetual connectivity, promote and naturalise intimate posthuman fantasies. The partial disembodiment of humans in technologically mediated spheres, coupled with the partial embodiment of software using holographic interfaces, generates liminal counter-sites that exist between the real and imaginary – other spaces that align with what Michel Foucault calls heterotopias. Significantly, with increasing infiltration of such connected technologies into the everyday, the notion of place/space becomes progressively fragmented and destabilised to the extent that technological heterotopias, or techno-heterotopias, are themselves ubiquitous and normalised, radically transforming human-machine interconnections now and in the future.


Presenter

Samantha Lindop has a PhD in Film, Media, and Cultural Studies. Her doctoral dissertation involved examining gender representations in the cinematic style film noir. She is the author of the book Postfeminism and the Fatale Figure in Neo-Noir Cinema (Palgrave, 2015). Her second monograph The Stepford Wives (Liverpool University Press, 2021) offers a timely and compelling study of Brian Forbes’ 1975 cult film The Stepford Wives, locating it in the traditions of the gothic, histories of feminism, fictional imaginings about artificial women, and the futures of social robots both real and imagined. More broadly, her current research explores gender and posthumanism with a special focus on virtual companions and other forms of artificial intelligence. She also has scholarly publications on topics of sci-fi cinema, vampires, the uncanny, the gothic, and more.


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing Dr Elliott Logan

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Friday, 23 April
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Passing as White (Collar): Jim Crow’s Typewriter and the Harlem Renaissance Dr Tamlyn Avery

Friday, 7 May
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - HDR Roundtable: Ethical or exploitative? The representation of violence and trauma in literature and screen media  Bonnie Evans, Taryn Bashford, Jasmine Sandes, Meg Vann

Friday, 21 May
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Converging Professions or Practices? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism Dr Franzisca Weder

Friday, 4 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Facilitating co-innovation towards sustainable livestock systems in Timor Leste – pulling out all the (communication) stops A/Prof Elske van de Fliert

Friday, 18 June
12-1pm

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Research Seminar -  Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing Dr Samantha Lindop

Friday, 6 August
1-2pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - All Scripts are Adaptations? Michael Eaton MBE

Friday, 27 August
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Chilling Effect: The law, lawyers, journalists, and editorial processes Dr Richard Murray

Friday, 10 September
12-1pm

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Research Seminar - Mrs America’s Prosthetic Feminist Memory: The ‘Discovery’ of a Cool Feminism for Postfeminist Times Dr Marg Henderson and Dr Anthea Taylor (USyd)

Friday, 24 September
1-2pm

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In coversation with Laura Elvery A/Prof Stephen Carleton

 

Venue

Online via Zoom