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Research

The members of the Digital Latin American Cultures Network work on the cultural dimensions of new media in Latin America.

 

Claire Taylor works on a variety of online cultural formats including literary blogs, hypertext fiction, tactical media and net.art.  For the Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production book, she researched the net.art of Brian Mackern, Martha Patricia Niño, and Marina Zerbarini, the hypertext fictions of Belén Gache and Jaime Alejandro Rodríguez, the online performances of Guillermo Gómez Peña, and the digital inclusion project, Hiperbarrio. Her previous publications also covered the net.art of Eduardo Navas and the literary blogs of Noemi Guzik Glantz.

She is currently researching the work of several Latin(o) American digital artists, including Coco Fusco, Brian Mackern, Ignacio Nieto, Martha Patricia Niño, Raquel Partnoy and Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga. She has published articles on these artists and her recent monograph entitled Place and Politics in Latin American Digital Culture covers several of their works. She is currently working on a book based on her recent AHRC-funded project on Latin(o) American Digital art.

Thea Pitman has worked on hypertext/hypermedia fiction, especially the work of Blas Valdez and Doménico Chiappe and activist uses of the Internet in Latin America, particularly in relation to the Mexican Zapatistas. For the Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production book, she researched the online artwork of Eduardo Navas and Praba Pilar, online performances of mestiza/o cyborg figures by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Los Cybrids, and Alex Rivera; and the work of infamous Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez and tactical media artist Fran Ilich. Her most recent work concerns the articulation of ‘digital indigeneity’ by the association of Brazilian indigenous peoples behind the portal Índios Online. She also has a chapter forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to Latina/o Literature regarding the discourses of mestizaje and cyborgism.

Tori Holmes has worked on local content and digital culture in Brazil, looking at the use of blogs by favela residents for the representation of place and production of locality. Part of this work has been published in an article on the mobility and circulation of blog content. Tori has also previously researched internet cafés in Peru and is interested in undertaking comparative work on Brazil and Peru. Her current interests centre on texts and practices associated with the use of digital technologies for urban representation in Brazil, and responses to urban change, focusing on webdocumentary/digital video and questions of visibility; she plans to extend this to cover mapping and the use of social media for place-based activism. A further area of continuing work relates to digital research methods and ethics (including digital ethnography), and issues associated with interdisciplinary research.

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