How do we account for the contemporary western interest in the “body” and in various techniques of bodily and emotional equilibrium, which have come to supplement the new era of technological innovation with a “new age” of ancient consciousness? In this session, we enter a global YouTube community, which, through whispers, crinkle noises, and role- playing, seeks to engender the peculiar cognitive euphoria known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).
Probing the hidden structures of new media environments, the New Explorations Group seeks not only to conceive but also to perceive the ways in which our psyches and cultures are being transformed by our intimate relationships with (de-)evolving technologies.
This series is curated by Adam Pugen (UofT iSchool). Open to all interested parties.
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
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