“The machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment. We can be responsible for machines; they do not dominate or threaten us. We are responsible for boundaries; we are they.” – Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto (1985).
Using Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto as a point of departure, Virtual(ity) explores the internet as a tool which can be used in the production of social reality. Taking the form of a digital exhibition, Virtual(ity) examines whether digital spaces can be used to complicate, blur and/or transcend boundaries and borders— borders historically used to separate, classify and dominate people and land in our lived realities. If technology has the potential to breach boundaries—such as the boundaries between reality and science fiction, organism and machine—then perhaps it can breach the notion of the fractured identity, caused by the limitations of Western dualisms. Similarly to the way that humans have built, destroyed and redeveloped machines,Virtual(ity)is interested in the potential existence of new social realities—deconstructed, rebuilt, and chimerized with technology.