Human Studies

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 453–467 | Cite as

Technological Other/Quasi Other: Reflection on Lived Experience

  • Stacey Irwin


This reflection focuses on lived experience with the Technological Other (Quasi-Other) while pursuing creative video and film activities. In the last decade work in the video and film industries has been transformed through digital manipulation and enhancement brought about by increasingly sophisticated computer technologies. The rules of the craft have not changed but the relationship the artist/editor experiences with these new digital tools has brought about increasingly interesting existential experiences in the creative process. How might this new way of being with technology change the craft and the crafter? Through a phenomenological understanding of Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Don Ihde, and their contributions to the human-technology conversation, this essay moves to reveal the lived experiences of artists/editors who use computers to create by means of film and digital video formats. Exploring notions of lived space, lived body, lived time, and lived relation through the computer interface allows for digging deeper into inhabiting technology and experiencing the Technological Other.


alterity Martin Heidegger Don Ihde lived space lived body lived time ontological design Maurice Merleau-Ponty quasi-other self technological other 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and TheatreMillersville UniversityMillersvilleUSA

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