Livestreaming

An Aesthetics and Ethics of Technical Encounter

2024
Author:

EL Putnam

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Listen: EL Putnam in conversation with Noel Fitzpatrick.

An inquiry into how livestreaming can help us meaningfully connect

Treating humans and technologies as inherently relational, EL Putnam considers how livestreaming constitutes new patterns of being together that are complex, ambivalent, and transformative. Understood in such a way, we see how livestreaming exceeds quantifying and calculating metrics, challenges emphasis on content generation, and introduces an entirely new—and dynamic—means of social engagement.

Livestreaming is ubiquitous in our Covid-19-inflected era. In this book, EL Putnam takes up the implications of this technology, arguing that livestreamed internet broadcasts perform aesthetic and ethical encounters that invite distinctive means of relating to others. Treating humans and technologies as inherently relational, Putnam considers how livestreaming constitutes new patterns of being together that are complex, ambivalent, and transformative. Understood in such a way, we see how livestreaming exceeds quantifying and calculating metrics, challenges emphasis on content generation, and introduces an entirely new—and dynamic—means of social engagement.

EL Putnam is an artist-philosopher working in performance art and digital technologies. She is assistant professor of digital media at Maynooth University in Ireland and author of The Maternal, Digital Subjectivity, and the Aesthetics of Interruption.

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