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(an excerpt from the upcoming book Postdigital Arcadia)
Selfie photography serves not only a traditional role of photographic (self)recording, but also for manoeuvring the space behind one’s own back. Unfortunately, as two realities, the unmediated and mediated, human and machine vision, are not matching, there are many accidents of selfie-makers due to the crabwalk. By this, the photographic technology based on the rear-view mirror – in which objects (may) appear closer than they are – finally resolves one of the largest tragedies of human self-perception; the inability to see and control the world behind one’s back.
- Keywords: background, mobile photography, optical devices, photography, selfie
Ana Peraica holds a PhD in aesthetics of photography. After graduating from University of Zagreb, in fields of art history and philosophy, she became a researcher in art theory at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, where awarded UNESCO-IFPC, In parallel she undertook three year doctorate course in cultural analysis, theory and interpretation at ASCA, University of Amsterdam and defended her thesis entitled Photography as the Evidence at University of Rijeka. She is an editor of the reader Žena na raskrižju ideologija (Split, HULU / Governmental Office for the Equality of Rights Split, 2007), Victims Symptom – PTSD and Culture (Institute for Networked Cultures, Amsterdam, 2009) and Smuggling Anthologies (MMSU, Rijeka, 2015), and author of Sub/versions (Revolver Publishing, 2009), Fotografija kao Dokaz (Multimedijalni institut, Zagreb, 2018), and Culture of the Selfie (Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2017). Her essays in domains of visual studies and media theory are/were published by many magazines and journals, such as Springerin, Pavilion, Fotografija/Membrana, Afterimage, Leonardo, Flash Art, etc. She is currently working on the book Postdigital Arcadia and coedits Intelligent Agent Reader with Patrick Lichty. She teaches at MA Media Art Histories program at the University of Danube in Krems, as well as at the MA Media Art Cultures (ERASMUS MUNDUS) program at the University of Danube, Aalborg, Poznan and Singapore. Peraica lives and works in Diocletian’s palace, in Split (Croatia), where she runs a family photo shop Atelier Perajica and actively engages in the preservation of life inside this inhabited Roman monument on the WH list.
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- By Subject: augmented reality, social media