"If meaning is only producible within an unstable field, then the relation of self to work and self to its own understanding are both at best provisional.  Their 'essence' is to be constantly re-made, as the overall field of meaning itself undergoes reconfiguration.  The self and its position in the world have no fixed centre; they are ex-centric."

                                       Paul Crowther, The Postmodern Sublime Installation and Assemblage Art

Paul Crowther's above quote is indicative of the primary issues within contemporary cultural practice.  At present, prevailing cultural practice is centred around deconstructive principles that were introduced by French theorists in the 1960's such as Jaques Derrida and Michel Foucault.  Underlying contemporary culture is the Postmodern breakdown of the linear metanarrative the essence of which infers that to create a linear, logical and conclusive narrative is always to repress and exclude others.  The aim of this research file is to investigate the role that technology and electronic media plays in our coming to terms with the expression of ourselves within the notions of deconstruction that have become the paradigm in contemporary cultural practice. 

I want to focus on the theme of the draft or rather multiple drafts as a metaphor for the ways in which the inconclusive and expandable nature of prevalent deconstructive cultural theory can be addressed and the way in which that relates closely to the flexibility and expansion of information and communication that electronic media has given us.  To take this further, I want to look at our notions of the Self within this framework, and investigate the ways in which we are beginning to present our selves, or have them presented to us as multiple and indeterminate.  In essence, the way in which cultural practice has us constantly drafting and re-drafting our selves.