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AI & SOCIETY

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 559–566 | Cite as

Imaginary computational systems: queer technologies and transreal aesthetics

  • Zach Blas
  • Micha Cárdenas
25TH ANNIVERSARY VOLUME A FAUSTIAN EXCHANGE: WHAT IS IT TO BE HUMAN IN THE ERA OF UBIQUITOUS TECHNOLOGY?
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Abstract

Turing, like queerness, was invested in creating logics and codes, which are undoubtedly intertwined with his desires as a human, scientist, and homosexual. We are interested in Turing as a striking figure in queer and feminist histories, as the hidden queer figure behind the Apple logo and as a creator of logic and worlds (Halberstam in Fem Stud 17(3):439–460, 1991). In this paper, we first want to briefly highlight how Turing has been cast in queer and feminist histories and theories. Then, we will discuss how Turing’s work and life have influenced our own artistic practices.

Keywords

Art Media art Contemporary art Queer Feminism Transreal Queer technologies Femme disturbance Politics Speculative design 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Literature, Information Science and Information Studies, Visual StudiesDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Interdivisional Media Arts and PracticeUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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