Distributed imagination: small steps to an ethology of mind and media
This project will theorise the imagination in postdigital mediated environments. Imagination has at best been regarded with suspicion in critical studies of media communication and communion. Its Romantic and humanist legacy, and its associations with art and children, seem to push it aside as inconsequential, idealist, or ideological. Yet much communicative behaviour in humans and some other animals cannot be fully understood without it, and neither can technological, political or cultural change.