Joanna Zylinska is a cultural theorist writing on new technologies and new media, ethics, photography and art. She is Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. The author of four books - Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (with Sarah Kember; MIT Press, 2012), Bioethics in the Age of New Media (MIT Press, 2009), The Ethics of Cultural Studies (Continuum, 2005) and On Spiders, Cyborgs and Being Scared: the Feminine and the Sublime (Manchester University Press, 2001) - she is also the editor of The Cyborg Experiments: the Extensions of the Body in the Media Age, a collection of essays on the work of performance artists Stelarc and Orlan (Continuum, 2002) and co-editor of Imaginary Neighbors: Mediating Polish-Jewish Relations after the Holocaust (University of Nebraska Press, 2007). She has just completed a translation of Stanislaw Lem's major philosophical treatise, Summa Technologiae, for the University of Minnesota's Electronic Mediations series. Together with Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Open Humanities Press, she runs the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life, consisting of a series of 20+ co-edited, electronic open access books about life which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Zylinska is one of the Editors of Culture Machine, an international open-access journal of culture and theory, and a curator of its sister project, Photomediations Machine. She combines her philosophical writings with photographic art practice. In 2011 she was Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar at McGill University in Canada. Her current projects involve photographing media entanglements and serving as Artistic Director of Transitio_MX05 'Biomediations', the Festival of New Media Art and Video in Mexico City to be held in 2013. She is also writing on critical vitalism, nonhuman photography and 'a big theory of media', while trying to outline a minimal ethics for the Anthropocene.
Joanna Zylinska, We Have Always Been Digital, 2009