Beyond the Binary: Postcolonial Cybernetics and Scottish Identity

  This post examines the issue of Scottish national identity using a theoretical framework drawn from Cybernetics and Postcolonial theories. Specifically it focuses on the construction of the historical relationship between Scotland and England through the process of manufacturing myth. By examining the parallels between Cybernetics theory and Postcolonial theory as it is applied to…

Scottish Nationalism and the Sublime

Scottish Nationalism and the Sublime With the advent of Scotland’s vote on independence in 2014, a study of Scottish nationalism is both topical and timely. According to Hobsbawm, nations, at least in the modern sense, are products of the eighteenth century (Hobsbawm, 2012, p.12) and not, as Bagehot thought, ‘as old as history’ (Bagehot, Physics…

‘Thinking in Pictures’: Processing the Autistic World through Cybernetics Theory

Research Proposal: ‘Thinking in Pictures’: Processing the Autistic World through Cybernetics Theory   Keywords: Social constructionism, Cybernetics, Autism, Software art, Collaboration   Abstract Scientists and engineers created the first images generated by computers in the late 1950’s. By the end of the 1960’s, inspired by system theory and cybernetics, artists collaborated with technicians in research…

Cybernetic Auto-ethnography

Cybernetic Auto-ethnography In the following explanatory statement for Critical Intervention 03, I will demonstrate that I have used Cybernetics Theory and data analysis as a qualitative research tool. In particular, I will evaluate the worthiness of data analysis as a method to interpret colour data results from a series of photographs collected over a three-week…

The Body in Cyberspace

In 1916, British artist Norman Wilkins created Dazzle camouflage, which was used on Royal Navy war ships during the First World War. Wilkins’ innovation consisted of sharply contrasting colours, often black, white and grey, that were painted as geometric shapes. These lines and stripes would often intersect with each other creating false perspectives, eluding enemy…