Ritual Humanity at the Intersections of Art and Technology Accounts of the Past and the Future


  • Reynaldo Thompson
  • Tirtha Mukhopadhyay




Art, Creole, Mexico, Technology


In this paper, we shall refer to approaching digital art with a sense of critical reflection now that AI gains momentum and comes to its point of an almost overwhelming no-return. The Technosphere, which is already confronted by discriminatory access because of distinctive ecologies of industrial production and consumption, is defined by this always one-sided inclination and the anxieties thereof. The lack of access or deprivation of technological instruments may create absolute separation of cultural blocks and differences in people’s self-esteem within a connected world. Ritualized emotive behaviors lie at the root of allegiances and culturally sensitive performances. This passionate reflex towards the living continuum of history has been fed into AI channels – that is how the glory of digital practices are defined in underprivileged economies. A good example is the basic sensor actuated installations of Fernando Palma. Once again, we refer to a specific pro[1]ject from Mexico, and bear in mind projects on Indigenous electroacoustics.


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Author Biographies

Reynaldo Thompson

Studied architecture at the University of Guanajuato and postgraduate studies at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona and the University of Texas at Dallas, the latter being where he obtained a doctorate in aesthetics studies focused on Contemporary Art. He has participated in collective and solo exhibitions and curated shows in Mexico and abroad. He is currently focused on researching on art, science and technology in Latin America. His research results have been published in domestic and foreign journals. He is a member of the National System of Researchers of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONAHCYT).

Tirtha Mukhopadhyay

PhD and Professor of Art and Aesthetics at Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico. He is multi-disciplinary scholar who taught at Presidency University of India (1996-2000), University of Calcutta (2000 -2016), before migrating to Mexico. He was Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. His publications include books like such as Affective States in Art (Proquest-UMI), Cezanne to Picasso (Calcutta University Press, India) and more than 50 articles on creativity, cognition and aesthetics, digital art, visual anthropology and literature, that were published by reputed publishers such as OUP, IOS Press, MIT and Atelier-Etno.


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How to Cite

Thompson, R., & Mukhopadhyay, T. (2023). Ritual Humanity at the Intersections of Art and Technology Accounts of the Past and the Future. DAT Journal, 8(3), 66–73. https://doi.org/10.29147/datjournal.v8i3.767



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