My scholarship, like my creative practice, flows from my vision of the transformative potential of digital art in the 21st century. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Planetary Collegium [Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts] at the University of Plymouth, UK under the direction of Professor Roy Ascott. My dissertation research focuses on space-time aesthetics in what I call meta-environments. A Meta-Environment is a complex adaptive system that involves the relationship among user, information and interface (physical/ digital/ digital+physical). The way information is perceived and defined in today’s digital world seems to be no longer an accurate portrayal of the interactions actually occurring among user–information–interface. Traditional first and second-order cybernetics models of human–machine interactions are outmoded when used to describe this triadic relationship. Besides refocusing attention on the triadic Meta-Environment, I propose exploring the manner in which digital art scholars and practitioners remain bound to a spatial paradigm that emphasizes embodiment and physical narratives to represent the architecture of digital information environments.
I have been published and presented aspects of my research at conferences and symposia in China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Greece, Norway, Portugal, and United States, addressing such topics as the aesthetics of space-time in digital environments, the commoditization of digital information, Brazil’s Tropicalia movement, and Roy Ascott’s theories of cyberperception and technoetic aesthetics. To ground myself in the theory of cybersemiotics, which is the basis for my research methodology, I took two intensive courses with Professor Soren Brier of the Center for Language, Cognition and Mentality at the Copenhagen Business School. Based on my experience in information design, Professor Brier invited me to collaborate in the development of a net environment to disseminate cybersemiotics theory and to become the art editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing: A Journal of Second Order Cybernetics, Autopoiesis & Cyber-Semiotics by Imprint.
The study of the interaction between humans and digital machines is a complex enterprise with fluidly shifting boundaries due to its evolving and pseudo-transdisciplinary characteristics. It is evolving as digital technologies increasingly permeate the different domains of life, from art, media, and education to transportation, security surveillance, medicine and health, etc. It is pseudo-transdisciplinary as it involves fields such as HCI, interface design, computer sciences, cybernetics, information systems and theory, artificial intelligence, psychology and cognitive studies, library sciences, linguistics, communication theories, semiotics, new media; fields that don’t necessarily share the same methods or fundamental views about what is involved in this interaction. As a researcher and art practitioner my goal is to continue to explore ways to integrate human perceptions, phenomenology and experiential consciousness with logical processes and concepts of self-organization, autopoiesis, and feedback loops.