Digital Anthropophagy and the Anthropophagic Re-Manifesto for the Digital Age

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Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez has created a manifesto-poem with a new take on the original "Manifesto Antropófago" written by the Brazilian modernist author Oswald de Andrade in 1928. His manifesto was an assertion of the unique Brazilian voice in the emerging modern time, away from clichés of colonialism, while unapologetically metabolizing outside references from the First World. Her “Digital Anthropophagy” paper containing the “Anthropophagic Re-Manifesto” seeks to update the anthropophagic practice of cultural cannibalism with regard to the digital age with the virtual world being the new frontier and everyone a possible colonizer. Ramos-Velasquez proposes that "Digital Anthropophagy" is:

• the sum of the anthropophagic practices if done virtually, i.e., with the aid of computers, social networking platforms or other digital devices; or if executed in reality but facilitated digitally.

•A new paradigm of input/output models generated via the internet.

•A new practice of cultural consumption involving a technological mediation for input (both the feeding and the being fed), digestion, and output.

This manifesto and research paper can be presented as both a lecture or a publication and was first presented at the ISEA/RUHR in August 2010. This project was initiated in 2009 and completed just recently, in July 2010.


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