Subtitle: The Curious Case of Spider’s Transformation into a Digital Ghost
"Spirit&Machine; the Curious Case of Spider's Transformation into a Digital Ghost" is a research paper and artist book in one. It explores the themes of technology, voyeurism, and identity through the experiences of the characters Spider and Nachtdonker.
Using a fictional story as its medium, the paper follows the journey of the voyeur Spider, who becomes trapped in their own desires and seeks the help of retired psychoanalyst Nachtdonker. Through a dialogue of monologues between the two, the paper explores the
impact of technology on human consciousness and relations, the system of networked cameras as an extension of the Self, the power dynamics of voyeurism between observer/observed, and the desire to look without being seen in the 'face of ubiquitous surveillance and control.
The paper's experimental structure employs fragmented timelines and various text types to convey Spider's and Nachtdonker's experiences and perspectives. The nonlinear stream of consciousness and poetic language invites readers to engage with the text on multiple levels, allowing a more nuanced exploration of the themes. Through its approach, "Spirit and Machine" challenges and blurs the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction. It offers a fresh perspective on the complex interconnectedness between desire, intimacy, technology, power dynamics between observer / observed, surveillance, and voyeurism. This adds a layer of depth and complexity to the exploration of the themes, highlighting the psychological and emotional aspects of technology use that are often overlooked in discussions of surveillance and voyeurism
Text: Jeroen Zwaap
Photography: Jeroen Zwaap
Design: Lucas Mainieri Franco, Jeroen Zwaap
price with 3D printed book cover (3 of 3) €149,95
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