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Visible Seams: The Media Art of Fatimah Tuggar

in Troubling Vision

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780226253022
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226253053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226253053.003.0006
Visible Seams: The Media Art of Fatimah Tuggar

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This chapter covers black visuality with regards to technology studies, media theory, and contemporary digital art. Fatimah Tuggar's Fusion Cuisine revealed links among historical and present notions of technological progress, racialized and gendered subjectivity, and globalization. Fusion Cuisine was her example of digital video and photomontage art that uses contemporary technology to comment upon the history of technological development. Her art was recognized for its playfulness and humor, crucial elements in both Robo Makes Dinner and The Lady and the Maid. Through the interactivity of Changing Space and Transient Transfer, Tuggar's work assumed decentered viewing positions and active audiences who do not necessarily share geographic, racial, gender, or temporal sameness. Her digital video pieces and photomontages generally touched the crisis of representing transnational subjectivities in an increasingly globalized and technologized world.

Keywords: black visuality; media theory; contemporary digital art; Fatimah Tuggar; Fusion Cuisine; globalization; Robo Makes Dinner; Lady and Maid; Changing Space; Transient Transfer

Chapter.  10601 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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