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What is the state of love now? Do we ever really connect? What do Tinder, ‘ghosting' and the chaos of TikTok have to do with it? This project interrogates the manner in which computational media construct, subvert and constitute a fundamental aspect of contemporary romantic sociality. I formulate a pragmatic concept of love as process of inter- and intra- connection between so-called ‘individuals', but also the media that form an inseparable part of the couple-‘assemblage'; taking into account contested concepts such as ‘post-human', ‘cyborg', ‘post-internet', ‘URL' versus ‘IRL' and so on. Using this notion of love, I investigate the ontological implications of algorithmic processes with regards to dating and more broadly, romantic sociality in general. Along the way, I consider the role of computational media in connecting and transfiguring the personal, the political and the aesthetic. In framing love as necessarily connective from the outset, I answer the age old philosophical question of whether we can truly and profoundly connect with the romantic ‘other'; ultimately shifting the consideration to a more urgent and generative albeit open-ended account of Anthropocenic love as on-going affective problematisation of connectivity that can be discursively charactered by three key features: convolution, granularity and abstraction – all of which are intimately associated with computational media and constitute a complexification of love. At a time when algorithms not only purportedly ‘read' our emotional states but directly affect them, I re-cast love as computational baroque.
I am an interdisciplinary writer and researcher, writing theory, poetry and fiction. I initially embarked on a career in Medicine, but following a change-of-heart, left medical school after graduating with a BSc (and intercalated Philosophy degree) to pursue a Master's in Contemporary Art Theory. I wrote my MA dissertation on syncope as micro-death within life, a becoming-object or process of unknowing; prompting me to begin to consider another liminal process – love.
I consider my practice to be ‘cosmotechnical' (Hui, 2016), oscillating between explorations of our increasingly baroque engagements with emerging technologies, the geo- and cosmo-poetic, the affective translations of gendered and racialised subjectivation, and collective intra-active processes of resistance and decolonisation. I have written for journals such as Journal for Cultural Research and Chiasma, and my creative writing has appeared in magazines such as SALT Journal for Feminism and Contemporary Art and Gutter, and is forthcoming in Worms Magazine.
Chaudhry, S. (2020) ‘Ghosting: Contemporary Media Technologies and Millennial Temporalities', Chiasma: A Site for Thought, Issue 6 (Disenchantment)
Chaudhry, S. (2020) ‘Necro-Temporalities: Micro-Death, Necropolitics and the Technological Anomalous', AH Journal, Issue 2 (Commissioned article, journal funded with Ayudas a la Creación del Ayuntamiento de Madrid 2018-2019.)
Chaudhry, S. (2020) ‘Tongues turning to chalk: Scott Walker's (sonic) geopoetics', Journal for Cultural Research, 24(3), 203-217
Chaudhry, S. (2019) ‘Tongues turning to chalk: Scott Walker's (sonic) geopoetics', at The Work and Legacy of Scott Walker, 23 November 2019, Kingston University London.