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FlatWorld - A document of real/virtual trauma in the Technosphere

What should we make of the “fire walls” between the real and the virtual? Anthropologist Lucy Suchman explores the archival remnants of FlatWorld, a flagship project at the Institute for Creative Technologies in the early 2000s, critically attending to the imaginaries that are realized in the figurations of places and bodies simulations generated for the project and the narratives they create.

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Lucy Suchman

University of Lancaster

Dr. Lucy A. Suchman is Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lancaster, UK. Her research interests within the field of feminist science and technology studies are focused on technological imaginaries and material practices of technology design, particularly developments at the interface of bodies and machines. Suchman’s current research extends her longstanding critical engagement with the field of human-computer interaction to contemporary warfighting, including the figurations that inform immersive simulations, and problems of "situational awareness" in remotely-controlled weapon systems. Prior to teaching at Lancaster, she worked for 22 years at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, where she held the positions of Principal Scientist and Manager of the Work Practice and Technology laboratory.