Vardøgr

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Stephen Mueller

Festivals: M:ST 7.

The vardøgr is a spirit predecessor: a premonitory sight or sound of a person before he or she arrives. It manifests itself in a person’s own shape, or by sounds usually associated with his or her arrival. In a network-centric techno-society shaped by privatized surveillance and ubiquitous computing, how do we, as individual human beings, define ourselves? Are our various digitized renderings merely scattered indexes of a corporeal whole, or do they acquire an autonomous presence as they are archived, ignored, replayed, or otherwise distributed across variations of space and time? Do we shape them, or do they shape us? Who arrives first? Who is the vardøgr?