Archive for March, 2014

Annemarie Mol’s Physio-moral accounts

17 March 2014

Annemarie Mol’s Physio-moral accounts

Eating pleasures and destructions: Eating is not just factual, it is also valuable. But how to value eating? There are many modes for doing so and in this presentation I will compare and contrast a few of them. Hence, I will come to talk about two clashing ways to establish when as a person one has had enough to eat: by counting calories ingested or by appreciating satisfaction. And what about efficiency? Economic calculations will say that it may be efficient to feed chicken and sell them as and when this generates a profit. Calculating nutrients, by contrast, suggests that it is most likely more efficient if humans directly eat the chicken feed. And then there is the moral conundrum that eating is destructive. Consumers destroy their foods. They may destroy a lot along with it, but at the same time heirloom vegetables or rare animal breeds only thrive thanks to some people’s willingness to eat them. Physio-moralities are complex. And this will be my conclusion: amidst the tensions and complexities laid out, it is impossible not to act, but moral comfort is nowhere to be found.

Kim TallBear – Beyond Life/Not Life

17 March 2014

A Feminist-Indigenous Reading of Cryopreservation Practices and Ethics. Her lecture examines cryopreservation, as a scientific endeavor that, according to TallBear, “enables storage and preservation of bio-specimens “including those taken from indigenous peoples” bodies, often within earlier ethical and racial regimes” into times and spaces beyond those inhabited by the (once) living bodies.” She investigates the ethical concerns that indigenous critics find with bioscience methodologies utilized by non-indigenous institutions. Â She proposes “that indigenous responses to cryopreservation technologies and practices can be more fully understood not simply by recourse to “bioethics,” but also by weaving together the approaches of indigenous thinkers historically with newer thinking in indigenous studies, feminist science studies, critical animal studies, and the new materialisms.”

Tim Ingold on Thinking through Making

16 March 2014

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“Ever since Aristotle, it has been customary in the western tradition to think of making as a bringing together of a preconceived, ideal form, in the mind of the maker, with an
initially formless mass of raw material. In this view, all the thinking has been done before the making begins. And for those who encounter the finished object, the thought
can only be recovered by reading back from the work to an idea in the mind of the maker.
Here I present an alternative account of making, as an inherently mindful activity in which the forms of things are ever-emergent from the correspondence of sensory awareness and material flows in a process of life. Artefacts and thoughts are the more or less ephemeral cast-offs of this process, strewn along the way. Rather than imposing form on matter, the maker — operating within a field of forces that cut across…

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Cyber[bio]semiotics: through Bateson, Luhmann, & Peirce

14 March 2014

Søren Brier, Professor of Culture and Communication Studies, Copenhagen Business School, gives a presentation as part of the University of Oregon Conference on Biosemiotics and Culture. This conference, organized by Visiting Professor Wendy Wheeler and Molly Westling, focuses on the cultural dimensions of this new interdisciplinary field that explores meaningful relationships and communication throughout the living world. This communication includes the whole range of behaviors from intracellular code exchanges to interspecies communication and human language and culture. This new field has enormous potential for reintegrating cultural studies with the life sciences and opening new perspectives on the evolution of language and the arts.

Graham Harman’s Early and Late Latour

13 March 2014

Graham Harman’s Early and Late Latour

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Ecology Beyond Nature, EcoLogicStudio

12 March 2014

The dissolution of the dichotomy ‘artifice vs. nature’ opens new possibilities in the conception of the city from a non-anthropocentric perspective. Urban design can then be conceived as the breeding of relationships between industrial, agricultural, biological and social systems. This emergent notion of bio-urbanity establishes a link between the instant and immaterial qualities of contemporary urbanism and the slow and material cycles of biological life. The lecture will illustrate bio-inspired algorithmic design methods at the core of EcoLogicStudio’s work, as well as the new academic stream in Urban Morphogenesis

Anthropocene Aesthetics & Future of Exhibitions, Jill Bennett

11 March 2014

Queer Gaming, Glitches and Going Turbo, Jack Halberstam

11 March 2014

Onto-Cartography Now Available

11 March 2014

Larval Subjects .

51Muy3NeWxL I’m pleased to announce that Onto-Cartography:  An Ontology of Machines and Media is now available.  Here’s the blurb:

Onto-Cartography gives an unapologetic defense of naturalism and materialism, transforming these familiar positions and showing how culture itself is formed by nature. Bryant endorses a pan-ecological theory of being, arguing that societies are ecosystems that can only be understood by considering nonhuman material agencies such as rivers and mountain ranges alongside signifying agencies such as discourses, narratives, and ideologies. In this way, Bryant lays the foundations for a new machine-oriented ontology.

This theoretically omnivorous work draws on disciplines as diverse as deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Marxism, media studies, object-oriented ontology, the new materialist feminisms, actor-network theory, biology, and sociology. Through its fresh attention to nonhumans and material being, it also provides a framework for integrating the most valuable findings of critical theory and social constructivism.

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Goffman, Material Performativity & the Sounds of Economic Exchange, Trevor Pinch

10 March 2014