Individuality is a recent phenomenon, which emerged in the populations of civilised democratic countries (Baudrillard, 2007). Our individuality is a ‘ghost of representation of ourselves’ (Baudrillard, 2007). The ghost is an interesting metaphor for the absence of personal essence, fading away to non-existence, sub-being. The identities which never truly existed and to constantly pretend it has is a weary task.
In the ‘postmodern uncertainty’ it also seems our own identities are continuously evolving and changing, made easy with the power of image. It is a ‘fluid persona’ as it can be consciously shaped (Wilbur, 1996). In other words we are curating our identities online, ‘editing’ and ‘highlighting’ certain aspects of our lives (Johnson, 2010).
It would seem appropriate for the first blog entry to be about its symbols. Consisting of two main parts – the name, and the default illustration.
The name Metacitrography is a play of words around the root of my surname ‘Citro’. Followed by the ‘-graphy’ suffix. Citrography is a personal watermark, a digital signature.
The ‘Meta’, according to the good ol’ Wiki, is derived from ‘Greek meaning, "after", "beyond", "with", "adjacent", "self" is a prefix used in English (and other Greek-owing languages) to indicate a concept which is an abstraction from another concept, used to complete or add to the latter.’ I saw a good connection between this meaning and an online virtual place to inhabit, ‘add to’ with self-expression.
This is ‘after’, ‘beyond’, ‘with’ and ‘adjacent’ to ‘self’. The ‘self’ projecting thought and ideas into the digital webbed abyss.
The illustration is that of my hand with the paintbrush projecting render of light, code and awkward slivers of electric line. All very obviously symbolic of artist / author as digital projector into the virtual place.
The coding has been taken from my Facebook profile. As the Metacitrography project is directly linked. But that is a theoretical exploration for another entry.
Thank you for reading,
until next time!