TITLE
 
EXTREME SUBMISSION: EXPLORING CYBER-SUBJECTIVITY

EXTREME SUBMISSION [ik-streem / suh b-mish-uh n] noun; idea, state of being — 
the constant masochistic state of individuals who participate in heavy usage and production of cybercultural economies?


THEMES
 
[1] BDSM, SADOMACHOISM — [2] INTERFACES, UX — [3] IDENTITY PERFORMANCE


CONTEXT
[1] GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES — [2] NEW MEDIA ART — [3] AFRICANA STUDIES

 

# FWWD

INTRO:  EXTREME SUBMISSION

# DESCRIPTION OF PROJECTS 1 - 3
[1] SUBMIT.ME : POETIC PORTRAITURE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
[2] BLAKK4ADDY : liLLblakk_gURL18 + DADDY_ANON
  [3] B4 BED W/UR(L) BAE

# INTERVIEW 1 - 5
[1] SUBMIT.ME : OPENNESS + OVERSHARING
[2] CTRL + ALT + PWR : ACTIVISM INSIDE THE INTERFACE
[3] CTRL + ALT + PWR II: INSIDE THE INTERFACE, STRATEGY AND METHOD
[4] CTRL + ALT + PWR III: PARALELL CODES IN CYBER CULTURE AND BDSM
[5]  ON VIOLENCE, CONSENT, AND BLACK FEMALE SUBJECTIVITY
[6] EXTREME SUBMISSION: FULLY SUB/MERGED?

FINAL INTERVIEWER FACILTATIOR REQUEST DECISIONS
Gaby Cepeda, artist/curator (mexico city, mexico)
Jon Cates, artist/educator/curator (chicago, il usa)
Emmanuel Guy, scholar/educator (paris, france)
Romi Crawford, scholar/educator (chicago, il usa) OR AMBER JAMILLIA, scholar (st. louis, mo usa) 
Devin Kenny, artist/curator (new york, new york, usa)

# CONCLUSION

# FOOTNOES + WORKS CITED

 
"While Beauvoir frames masochism in terms of the male gaze, Sartre explains masochism as a pathological extreme of love and desire for recognition. In masochism, the subject imagines him- or herself as relying entirely on the Other for existence, thereby attempt- ing to more fully become an object for the other and to annihilate his or her own subjectivity and transcendence: “Instead of projecting the absorbing of the Other while preserving in him his otherness, I shall project causing myself to be absorbed by the Other and losing myself in his subjectivity in order to get rid of my own.”93 Further, Sartre argues that the masochist “refuses to be anything more than object” and revels in the shame of this state: “I rest upon the Other, and as I experience this being-as-object in shame, I will and I love my shame as the profound sign of my objectivity.”94 Shame in this context goes beyond acknowl- edging that one is always simultaneously a subject and an object. Loving this shame means tipping the balance away from the self and subjec- tivity toward the Other and objectivity. Another way of analyzing this would be to return to Benjamin’s reading and to argue that the masoch- ist becomes obsessed with being recognized." (79)
"The renunciation of freedom is not in the service of increasing the importance of the Other, but it glorifies objectivity and lack of freedom [...] Sartre compares masochism to vertigo; both are pathologies in which the senses imagine (and respond to) an impossible (and therefore impotent) action: “Masochism is character- ized as a species of vertigo, vertigo not before a precipice of rock and earth but before the abyss of the Other’s subjectivity.”97 In the case of vertigo, the body fears falling even in situations where a fall is impossible, rendering it more likely to actually fall and making motion difficult."  (80) 
 

#RESEARCH QUESTION(S)

> HOW DOES THE INTERNET USER EMBODY THE SUBJECTIVITY
AND/OR DESIRE THE OBJECTIVITY OF NETWORKED ACTUALIZATION ?


> HOW CAN THE PHYSICAL BODY ACT A SLAVE TO THE NETWORK?
> HOW DO WE THINK ABOUT THE INABILITY TO BE CONNECTED WHOLLY BY THE NETWORK ? 

>HOW CAN BDSM AND SLOW-/ DIGITAL MEDIATION EXPRESS EXPERIMENTS TOWARDS A VISUAL RESPONSE TO THESE QUESTIONS?

PPL: SARTRE, FOUCAULT, CLEVER

LEFT TO EXPLORE : How isolated is this experience or not?
How does masochism function without an Other without tangible objectivity?