Vita Buivid: Looking for Paradise: Longevity at the Age of Digital Immortality


Advisor/tutor: Stefano Harney and Amit S. Rai

July 2020


My interest in research of social and political aspects of ageing relates to the contradictory process of self-awareness. It is devoted to the consideration of one of the critical problems of social philosophy - the study of old age as one of the periods of life of a person and society. Through this research, it seems to me that the essential problem of modern ageing based on the paradoxes and inconsistencies of chronological time and social time. Possibly we can also think about these notions through the local time, expanding it to local chronological time and local social time. The study is presented in the form of fictocritical dystopian novel. This form appeared to be the most suitable to display a large pool of questions that can already be posed, but still do not have an answer. The time in the novel seems to be infinitely stretched, but at the same time, it sometimes shrinks to a specific event. The story is not only the container of thoughts but also contains ideas transforming themselves and adapting while their nature remains the same, but continuously negotiating boundaries between fiction and reality. The future is already here, and therefore it is necessary to be more careful with forecasts.