INTERFACE FANTASY A LACANIAN CYBORG ONTOLOGY PDF

Therefore we need to take a psychological approach to understand our experiences in it. In Interface Fantasy, Andre Nusselder uses the core psychoanalytic notion of fantasy to examine our relationship to computers and digital technology. Lacanian psychoanalysis considers fantasy to be an indispensable "screen" for our interaction with the outside world; Nusselder argues that, at the mental level, computer screens and other human-computer interfaces incorporate this function of fantasy: they mediate the real and the virtual. Interface Fantasy illuminates our attachment to new media: why we love our devices; why we are fascinated by the images on their screens; and how it is possible that virtual images can provide physical pleasure. Nusselder puts such phenomena as avatars, role playing, cybersex, computer psychotherapy, and Internet addiction in the context of established psychoanalytic theory. The virtual identities we assume in virtual worlds, exemplified best by avatars consisting of both realistic and symbolic self-representations, illustrate the three orders that Lacan uses to analyze human reality: the imaginary, the symbolic, and the real.

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ISBN: This book is an extremely well-researched and detailed exploration of the psychological nature of cyberspace. If, as suggested, cyberspace is a mental space, then applying psychoanalytical theory to analyzing its social, cultural and individual influences makes a lot of sense. This screen has many forms, one of which is now the ubiquitous computer screen.

Click for larger view View full resolution Interface Fantasy is not for the fainthearted, nor for the general reader. Although the writing flows nicely and is enjoyable to read, the book at times gets bogged down saying the same thing from only slightly different angles.

The book is divided into six chapters, followed by extensive notes, an excellent bibliography and an index. Nusselder always keeps his central thesis in mind as he draws on the greats of philosophy, cybernetics and psychotherapy Kant, Hegel, Freud, Weiner, Saussure, Shannon, Merleau-Ponty and so on to support his thesis.

Since the world as a database the matrix cannot appear to us in cyberspace without media that open it up interfaces , the interface, I claim, has a similar status to that of fantasy in Lacanian theory" p.

Lacan spent much time thinking about cybernetics, as is evident from this quote; "At this point we come upon a precious fact revealed to us by cybernetics—there is something in the symbolic function of human discourse that cannot be eliminated, and that is the role played in it by the imaginary" p. Clearly imagination and fantasy are closely related, whether we are conducting psychoanalytical analysis from the perspective of an electronic screen or via speech from the couch.

The imaginary is one of the three main factors Lacan uses to analyze human reality. The other two are the symbolic and the real. He discusses avatars in detail in Chapter 4, along with the general concept of embodiment and the various notions of what constitutes space or its dissolution. My own experience observing avatars in Second Life suggests that it is highly instructive to note how closely an avatar resembles its creator sitting on the other side of the fantasy screen in so-called real life!

I believe there is much more room for further research in this specific area. This book also explores why we are so attracted to and attached to the new media, "why we love our devices, why we are fascinated by the images on their screens; and how it is possible that virtual If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution or have your own login and password to Project MUSE.

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Start your review of Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology Write a review Feb 13, Ktulis rated it it was amazing This little gem is a unique adaptation of Lacanian psychoanalysis for the research of modern computer technologies. It does not joke around, Lacan is researched in depth here and I had no problems whatsoever with his adaptation. The technology part is well elaborated, explaining how the computer systems work coding and decoding of binary information, presentations on the screen, subjective perceptions of cyberspace and so on from the Lacanian perspective. I have read it alongside McLuhan, This little gem is a unique adaptation of Lacanian psychoanalysis for the research of modern computer technologies. I have read it alongside McLuhan, Espen Aarseth, Baudrillard and it fits right in there, giving a different explanation of how new media changes our contemporary societies. Totally recommend.

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ISBN: This book is an extremely well-researched and detailed exploration of the psychological nature of cyberspace. If, as suggested, cyberspace is a mental space, then applying psychoanalytical theory to analyzing its social, cultural and individual influences makes a lot of sense. This screen has many forms, one of which is now the ubiquitous computer screen.

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