My project “Elegy to the Cyborg” is a contemporary reinterpretation of postmodern theorist Donna Haraway’s “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the 1980s”. The original text explores the breakdown of boundaries between human and animal, animal-human and machine, and physical and non-physical states.
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The text is centered around the search for a common language and reflects on the identity of being human in an increasingly technological world. “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” questions colonialism, consumerism, and binaries on how they will adapt under the utopian expectation of the cyborg. Originally published in 1985, the manifesto has become increasingly relevant overtime, much like the sociological ideas of McLuhan or Goffman.
I was born in 1998, and have had access to an internet computer for as long as I can remember. The internet was a giant space where I defined my ideas on my identity as I grew up. “Elegy to the Cyborg” is my graphic design capstone laying out a book and small website visually exploring Haraway’s theories in 1985 from the lens of a gen-z internet-raised human. I’ve consistently explored my role in the Internet through artwork (https://sabsommer.com/I-m-Afraid-I-Might-be-a-Narcissist) that plays with the interaction between the internet and personal identities, ideas of infinity, and more.