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Title: Unravelling Malaysian subjectivity : political identification and bodily experience in new media art
Author: Sitharan, Roopesh
ISNI:       0000 0004 7427 4741
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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In this thesis, I attempt to unravel the Malaysian subjectivity with regards to the racialized body, as well as in relation to the new media art practice. A Malaysian subject is formally identified with racial identity in order to distinguish between the Malay and rest of the citizens. It is an identification that aims to classify the Malaysian population into racial groups, but never manages to represent the subject in its totality. Due to this, every Malaysian is burdened with a racialization of body that informs their individual lived experience. This research attempts to probe into this lived experience. It argues that this discrepancy between the lived experience and racial marking leads to an epistemological uncertainty that informs the Malaysian subjectivity. Adapting the work of Deleuze and Guattari on machinic assemblage, as well as Bernard Stiegler’s idea on ‘Technics and Time’ the current thesis tries to discover what it means to be a Malaysian – to think beyond the mere racial body. By treating the body as an assemblage process, necessarily employing influences from external forces in order to come into being, I examine how contemporary Malaysian new media art practice is entangled with the production of Malaysian subjectivity. The research is located within my own subjective approach as a key ingredient for the unravelling of Malaysian subjectivity. It is my contention that such an enquiry on the subjectivity, effectively, cannot develop as long as it tries to emulate a positivist and objectivist model of research. I assert that only through critical reflection gained by my new media art practice can I account for an epistemological uncertainty central to the experience of bearing the racial identity as a Malaysian.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral