In the pre-mobile 90s we were used to our bodies being isolated from each other and tethered to individual desktop machines whilst our minds met together in cyberspace. Today the situation is reversed, and our bodies often share the same physical space whilst our minds are online and elsewhere. Interesting reversal of digital togetherness.
At the end of June I'll be visiting China for the first time. I'll be speaking at the DAW Symposium: Visions and Trends in Transdisciplinary Art and Science at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts (XAFA). It promises to be a huge and very impressive event. I'm just one of many speakers from several countries and I'm really looking forward to meeting them as well as our Chinese colleagues. I've been learning a little Mandarin this year but not much went in, I have to admit, so I have a lot of revision to do before I leave.
I'd like to thank my colleague in the IOCT, Professor Hongji Yang, for very kindly working out a translation of the word 'transliteracy' for me in both characters and pinyin. I'll be very interested to hear the view of other Mandarin speakers as to what this means to them.