How does technology transform culture and creativity?

This question was addressed this week by TNW, a tech conference, taking place in the industrial north of Amsterdam.

Due to the incredible amount of people, initially, I could not enter the wooden sphere built for the sessions on the art of tech. Driven by curiosity, I looked inside from the open space between the door and the wall. The screen was presenting a quote from The Cyborg Manifesto, written by Donna Haraway in the early 80s.

A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction. Social reality is lived social relations, our most important political construction, a world-changing fiction….The cyborg is a condensed image of both imagination and material reality, the two joined centers structuring any possibility of historical transformation.


Before going into explorations of what it means to be a single woman, let’s first consider what it means to be a woman. Then we can understand how ‘single’ plays a role in this social construction of personhood. For the purposes of this writing, I will not refer to my favourite woman’s Manifesto written by Donna Haraway who declared in the 80s: “I’d rather be a cyborg than a goddess”. More about the meaning of the cyborg will be shared in the future.

Here, I will consider a very limited personal and social perspective on womanhood. As a social scientist, I shall focus on the construction of a woman but as a dancer, I shall bring attention to the internal quest, and will inevitably integrate both. Yes, going reverse and playing around with logic shall be prominent. Just to keep the mind involved in this whole process of text creation and on your side — interpretation. …

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Maria Angelova

Social Scientist & Contemporary Dancer | | | | | | | |Explorer & Creator -> figuring.space

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