1st Edition

Aesthetics, Gender and Disability in Interactive Digital Art and Performance Art

By Phaedra Shanbaum Copyright 2025
    178 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the tensions between aesthetics, gender and disability in contemporary digital media installations and performance art.


    Notions of agency and subjectivity are connected to four contemporary political issues (artificial intelligence; migration and political violence; contemporary medical technologies and practices; the Anthropocene) and analyzed against a Western legacy of utopian and dystopian ideas and desires that have shaped, and continue to shape, what it means to be human. The book’s main argument is that agency and subjectivity are not universal attributes; rather they are socio-material entanglements and contextually bound enactments that are strategically negotiated by the subject. Thus, they involve conflict, struggle and other forms of resistance.


    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, media and cultural studies, disability studies, and gender studies.

    Introduction  1. Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Cultures  2. Migration and Political Violence  3. Contemporary Medical Technologies and Practices  4. The Anthropocene  Conclusion


    Phaedra Shanbaum is Assistant Professor in the Center for Post Digital Cultures at Coventry University, UK.