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Poly-morphosis

Imagine a cyborg collage: a becoming of gender possibilities, an image depicting fragments of technology, organic parts and hints of human gender forms through the spaces imaged or the objects included. What is collage and what could it be, beyond a simple form of cut-and-paste image making, when focused on the issue of gender in this posthuman era?

 

I suggest that the political nature of collage is embedded in its earliest iterations within Western art history and that this inherent nature can be harnessed to deepen contemporary discussions of gender and technology, leading to a creative practice of collage informed by becoming, understood most simply as a constant state of change, through a framework of posthumanism. By engaging with the posthumanist tenets of variation, multiplicity, non-hierarchical relations, fluidity, interconnectedness, and transformation in the collage works,

the imaginative possibilities for posthuman gender are endless.

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