Pat Kane: Careering: reflexivity, play and a life in media
In my 30-year commercial media career, and since graduating with an English degree (focussing on Film/TV studies and Literary Theory) in 1985, I have maintained a constant interest in theories about the constitution of subjectivity and agency - and a willingness to test them out in my own creative and commercial practice. In this seminar, I want to chart this theory/practice relationship - which has involved a shift from drawing on “reflexive” and “discursive” theories of self and agency (Giddens, Althusser, Foucault), to ones that source a “protean” self in the evolutionary imperatives of human play and creativity (Huizinga, Panksepp, Bateson). What Joni Mitchell once called the “star-making machinery” is now a banal potentiality within networks of “mass self-communication” (to use Manuel Castells term). The concept of “ego-media” reveals - for this media ego - a fascinating personal and public history.