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Internalizing Digital Phenomena: The ‘Performing’ Body At The Intersection Of Japanese Culture And Technology

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This chapter focuses on the popular phenomenon of keitai, highlighting users' inextricable relationship to the digital technology. It first discusses the social and historical background to the success of keitai and its particular use. The chapter then examines a shift in critical debates on the mobile phone towards attention to the daily performance of users, through the mediation of keitai. In order to develop the discussion of human interaction with the digital environment in Japan, the chapter also examines Japanese media artists' responses in the age of keitai. This aims to reveal the hidden influence of the traditional notion of nature upon contemporary new media art works, which will assist one to understand the particular way that keitai users accommodate digital technology. The chapter explores a performance expression inseparable from the mediation of digital technology, using Dumb Type as a case study.

Keywords: digital technology; dumb type; human interaction; Japanese media artists' responses; keitai



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