Art in the
Age of the
Internet
Hybrid Bodies

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The age-old question “what does it mean to be human?” remains critically important in the age of the internet, and takes on new urgency in today’s technologically mediated societies. From the lasting effects of human activities on the health of the planet and nonhuman life, to the accelerated development of biotechnologies, robotics, and automation, the human being as a basic unit of measurement and a structure of shared identity is continually, and often divisively, reexamined. In “Hybrid Bodies,” the body itself is present in multiple ways—as an avatar or digital representation, as a fragment comprising both organic and synthetic matter, or huddled underneath a protective emergency blanket. Confronting questions related to race, gender, and labor among others, these artworks consider how our bodies remain sites for politics in the digital age.