This paper will try to navigate through the strange historical and theoretical landscape in which we currently live and which is often called The Digital Age. It explores the ambiguities of knowing what is meant by ontology in a world that has less and less to do with technology, still mythologized as essential aspect of the Digital, than with a new type of hallucinogenic environment – a slippery zone where mortals and corporate deities – environmentalized through clickbaits, ransomwares, hackers and data-patches - can speak to each other in zones of obsequious anxiety. On the one hand, it is a world where we are more human than human. On the other hand, we are all invested – globally - in our own inhumanity, the duality between human and inhuman now lost in the fog of the algorithmic heuristic.
Jarzombek is currently working on a book that interrogates the digital/global imaginaries that shape our lives. A chapter from that book has recently been published. Digital Stockholm Syndrome in the Post-Ontological Age (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
Mark Jarzombek works on a wide range of topics – both historical and theoretical - from the 12th century to the modern era. He is one of the country’s leading advocates for global history and has published several books and articles on that topic, including the ground-breaking textbook entitled A Global History of Architecture (Wiley Press, 2006) with co-author Vikramaditya Prakash and with the noted illustrator Francis D.K. Ching. He is the sole author of Architecture of First Societies: A Global Perspective (Wiley Press, 2013), which is a sensitive synthesis of first society architecture through time and includes custom-made drawings, maps and photographs. The book builds on the latest research in archeological and anthropological knowledge while at the same time challenging some of their received perspectives...