Washing Rice

Date of Award

June 2018

Degree Type





Joanna Spitzner


I want to eliminate my identity. Donna Haraway says, “a cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creation of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.” Rosi Braidotti mentions, “as a hybrid, or body machine, the Cyborg, or the companion species, is a connection-making entity; a figure of interrelational receptivity and global communication that deliberately blurs categorical distinctions (human/machine; nature/culture; male/female; oedipal/non-oedipal).” Braidotti and Haraway use cyborgs as a metaphor for fusing reality and fiction, or society and the individual. It involves the transposition of one being into another, blurring the notion of dualism. Their concept inspired me to “clean” my identity through my artwork by looking for it and then removing it. I focus on researching my political identity.


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