Post-human pop : from simulation to assimilation

Cookney, DJ ORCID: 2012, 'Post-human pop : from simulation to assimilation' , in: Extremity and excess : proceedings of the 2011 University of Salford College of Arts and Social Sciences postgraduate research conference , University of Salford, Salford, UK, pp. 19-41.

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The following chapter discusses the adoption of the robot as a primary representational form by, two music acts, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk. While this process might be interpreted as one of extreme dehumanisation and sacrifice, the paper questions whether this deployment of ‘the post-human’ is presented as the antithesis of the extremities and excesses associated with Debord’s ‘spectacle’. It additionally observes a number of key stages in the careers of both bands to highlight media relations and the impact of technology: development that has been characterised by shifting positions surrounding subservience and authorship. It illustrates how the approaches can linked to Baudrillard’s phases of the simulacra yet it contends an explicit rejection of the spectacle simply through the use of these simulations while additionally identifying how the continuation of these forms have become increasingly incompatible with abstinence.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Taylor, EM, Darlington, JA, Cookney, DJ and Bevan, GW
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Publisher: University of Salford
ISBN: 9781902496665
Depositing User: DJ Cookney
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 15:44
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 13:53

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