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Judith Kahl

University of Dundee, Scotland

Judith Kahl is currently an MLitt Continental Philosophy student at the University of Dundee. Her general research area is the interdependence between technological and societal structures, though she is also interested in language, literature and translation, particularly in poetry. Most recently, she has been working on the connection between time and space in Heidegger and Harman, her MLitt dissertation project (“Beings and Time, Objects and Space: An Analysis of the Connection between Time and Space in Heidegger’s Existentialism and Harman’s Object-Oriented Philosophy”). This analysis is intended so serve as a starting point for research on the nature and effects of time-space in technology and in human experience. She is also involved in translation projects of works by Flusser, Byung-Chul Han, Schelling, and Rilke.

Articles of Judith Kahl

Mapping in Flusser, Deleuze and Digital Technology

Deleuze and Guattari understood Mapping as an unfolding of becoming and an all-encompassing and connecting event. Vilém Flusser on the other hand treats mapping as a creative yet private and isolated activity. The insistence on the primacy of holistic mapping over subjective tracing in Deleuze’s and Guattari’s account bears the danger of cutting off the subject from a physical environment, the possible results of which are illustrated in Flusser’s essay “My Atlas”: the loss or radical reduction of sensual impressions as well as the end of shared intersubjective experience. I compare both accounts of mapping to underline the active and passive implications of embodied experience in a physical environment. Building on these results I draw out the difficulties individuals are facing when engaging with digital technology, in particular Google Maps.

Mapping (PDF 821.67 KB)

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