‘Nothing But Sunshine’: Writing Across Monsoonal Lines, Inflecting Electronic Arts

By Lisa McDonald.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Wedded to the air is the substance of data, the drift of code in atmospheres of the natural. The word on the ground is ‘locative’ but the mood in the skies diffuse; commentary, memoranda, a trace. This paper contemplates the significance of place in the process of electronic writing, giving thought to particular negotiations of corporeality in the aesthetics of interaction. Considering the proposition of digital social networks, it evokes moments of generativity from the electronic turbulence of the air, asking of the silence its manner of speaking. One voice writes: ‘Will reply to your thread in the next hour.’ Another, ‘I struggle dicing onions.’ Contingent practices require provisional processes of recognition, philosophies which wrest surprise. It is with this spirit that the paper makes its theoretical engagements as buoyant as its affective intent—call it inspired, call it heuretic, call it a narrative towards flight. How shall we address the torrents of the air that tempt the entanglements of the earth?

Keywords: Aesthetics, Electronic Arts, Digital Communications, Cultural Studies, Corporeality

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.369-380. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.258MB).

Dr. Lisa McDonald

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Post-Colonial Studies, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, Cultural Researcher and Writer, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Lisa McDonald is a cultural researcher and writer whose interests include relations between the humanities and the biological ‘life’ sciences, interests that follow her doctoral research into the cultural and institutional practices of fertility science. She has spent a number of years as academic staff in South Australian universities, and is currently performing a new research project titled ‘Dispersing Corporeal Vocabularies: Life and Science in Trans-Asian Cultural Flows’. In her creative practice she enjoys exploring the intricacies of exchange between light and air and the machines that claim them ...


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