'Back and forth, forever': digital intimacies in Me and You and Everyone We Know [Miranda July, 2006] and Her [Spike Jonze, 2013]

Charnock, Ruth (2015) 'Back and forth, forever': digital intimacies in Me and You and Everyone We Know [Miranda July, 2006] and Her [Spike Jonze, 2013]. In: 21st Century Research Seminar Series, 11th February 2015., 11th February, 2015., University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

In Me and You and Everyone We Know, a 3 year-old child ends up on an internet date with a middle-aged woman. In Her, a lonely man falls in love with an operating system. Both films explore new constellations of intimacy via the digital: the possibilities for different kinds of connection, touching and care. Me and You and Everyone We Know suggests the transgression of relational conventions and proposes an erotics where bodies are mapped by symbols on a screen. Her, by contrast, wishes for an intimacy where the digital is transcended, rather than fetishized. This paper will suggest that whilst the two films pulls in ostensibly different directions: Her towards a technological near-future, Me and You and Everyone We Know towards a technological near-past, both ask the same questions: is it possible to care via computers? Is it possible to care about computers? And what are the risks and pleasures of digital intimacy?​

Keywords:intimacy, digital humanities, miranda july, spike jonze
Subjects:T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T730 American Society and Culture studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:17085
Deposited On:13 Apr 2015 08:18

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