actor-network theory

Posted on 2015/12/13 by

“It’s all about building trust”: An interview with Joanna Berzowska of XS Labs

Joanna Berzowska founded XS Labs in 2002 at Concordia, where they focus on “the development and design of electronic textiles, responsive clothing, wearable technologies, reactive materials, and squishy interfaces.” Previous to XS Labs, Berzowska studied and worked at the MIT Media Lab, and she co-founded International Fashion Machines with Maggie Orth. She holds a BA Read More

Posted on 2015/11/25 by

Cummins v. Bond: Unmaking the Author

On the day of July 23, 1926, a strange case passed before Judge Harry Trelawney Eve. On the surface, it seemed like a pretty straightforward matter of copyright in which one Geraldine Cummins was contesting the rights of one Frederick Bligh Bond to a work called The Chronicle of Cleophas. The thing is: Geraldine Cummins Read More

Posted on 2015/11/03 by

Between Language and Materiality: the History of Aphasia Studies

In their anthropological study of a tribe of scientists, Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar speak of the methodological problems involved with drawing conclusions from observation. A key component is the familiarity of the observer to the evidence being observed: “it is important that testing be carried out in isolation from the circumstances in which the Read More

Posted on 2015/10/04 by

The Photograph and the Monk or the Monk and the Photograph

Photograph “Nebunul” Preamble to the Probe On Stories Everything in life can be told as a story. We live our lives serving willingly or unwillingly as protagonists of our and others’ stories, unbeknownst to us that even in the most mundane of acts, such as drinking our morning coffee, for example, we are passive or Read More

Posted on 2013/11/10 by

Probe: Actor-Discourse-Network-Economy

In his book Aufschreibesysteme 1800/1900 (1985) – Discourse Networks 1800/1900 (1990) – Friedrich A. Kittler brought discourse analysis to media studies, coining discourse network to “also designate the network of technologies and institutions that allow a given culture to select, store, and process relevant data” (qtd. Liu 50n4). Reformulated as such, discourse gains direction, speed, Read More

Posted on 2013/10/04 by

The Articulations of a Body-Machine

Probe for October 10 I like to think of my body as a machine; not the hard-edged, overdetermined object that first comes to mind, but a flexible, plastic machine with moving, interchangeable parts that can be exchanged and linked together in multiple different ways. I like this image because it helps me to get over Read More