Massimo Canevacci


Activity at ICA: Conference

The ethnographic  experiences of digital cultures and the syncretic mix of spacetimes
My paper will present an anthropological perspective on time through the key-concept of ubiquity: ubiquitimes. Digital cultures and communication are going to transform the classical distinction of space-and-time, favouring a decentred and non-linear experiences of spacetimes. A strong metaphorical use of this term has been used recently on web-culture. A shared affirmation is that the web is ubiquitous and so ubiquities characterizes internet´s space-time (human and not-human) relations. Ubiquitimes also expands a restless montage of syncretic concepts and polyphonic methods in digital culture. I’ll discuss the differences between the traditional avant-garde concepts of simultaneity and of the theological one of ubiquity. Than I’ll present the digital emergence and the contemporary different meanings of ubiquity as immanent inter-connections and inter-sections  on  times-and-spaces. Ubiquitimes play a logical-sensorial immanence of material/immaterial character; express tensions beyond hegemonic dualism or regressive dichotomous ratioUbiquitimes is the exact imagination potentiality connected to digital every-day life. I’ll select some empirical cases in order to demonstrate my hypotheses on auto-generative experiences of ubiquitous times (ubiquitimes) in different cultures and persons: a mythical Greek divinity (Kairos), a Swatch advertising, a Bororo funeral ritual, a post-Euclidean architect (Zaha Hadid), and finally the subjective experiences with digital technologies (multividual).