Religion and cyborgs

‘We might instead acknowledge or explore the use of the cyborg not as actual disengagement of self from body, but as a metaphoric construct arising from centuries-old textual traditions of the body as a material residence for that mysterious immaterial entity variously called soul, mind or consciousness.’ ‘Ironically, in our popular and academic literature the cyborg figure of the [...]

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Chocolate (… and rhizome)

Gough, N. (2004). RhizomANTically becoming-cyborg: performing posthuman pedagogies. Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol 36, no 3, 253-265 I just read this paper (twice now) and it has the same effect on me as dark chocolate: I can only eat it in small quantities, it taste very pure, like an indulging substance and it will probably keep me [...]

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6 theoretical resources for mobility research – Sheller and Urry

the authors identify 6 bodies of theories that can be enrolled within mobilities research: humans have a ‘will to connection’, with the pulse of the city hybrid geographies of humans and nonhumans that enable people to move and to hold shape, bringing things close (incl surveillance) material stuff makes up places, requiring assemblage (assembling/re-assembling) recentring [...]

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week 9 – summary

This week has seen a move away from blog activity to readings: Haraway, Hayles, Pickering, Pedersen and Sheller & Urry, looking at cyborgs, posthuman activity and mobility. I reflected offline what posthuman activity means to me and made an attempt at continuing with the lovesick story which I see as an online narrative, directed by [...]

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aesthetics and the new mobilities paradigm – Sheller and Urry

Is it possible to move away from a ‘sedentarist’ aesthetics (based on fixed artworks, such as on walls in galleries, or projected, displayed, staged in theaters  cinemas, musea)  to a mobility (liquid? nomadic? fluid? )  aesthetics, which reflects situated space, place and in networks? An aesthetics beyond boundaries and disciplines with meanings and narratives assembled and [...]

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Do cats play with electric ants?

Last night my daughter and I decided to test out a computer game on a willing subject: our cat. It made me think that perhaps we will not enter the next stage (beyond posthuman) until somehow animals join in our digitally interconnected world. Can cats really play with electric ants? Why would my cat play [...]

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love sick – dis/connect

I was unable to add a sound to the vuvox artifact, will need to investigate, but the one above is a found one I greatly enjoyed and thought fitted neatly. Click on sound above and then click/visit vuvox below, get my drift….?          ‘Making visible that [...]

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Material-semiotic assemblages of sociotechnical relations embedded and performed by shifting connections and interactions among a variety of organic, technical, natural and textual materials
Gough (2004), on posthuman pedagogy

This is such an ingenious definition. The ‘material-semiotic assemblages’ seems the most durable element in getting this off the ground.

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Harraway on boundary

I have just started to re-read the Haraway article, and only now realised she also discusses boundary breakdowns. She mentions that cyborgs represents a transgression.There are 3 boundaries: boundaries of humans-animals, animal-human and machine, boundary between the physical and non-physical. Harraway suggests: We are dealing with polymorphous information systems (the informatics of domination) , with [...]

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I thought the Katherine Hayles article was pretty captivating. What struck me in this article is the concept of ‘boundary’. As she gives a definition on posthuman – the posthuman subject is an amalgam, a collection of heterogeneous components, a material-informational entity whose boundaries undergo continuous construction and reconstruction – I think key is our [...]

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But the constructed revolutionary subject must give late-twentieth century pause as well. In the fraying of identities and in the reflexive strategies for constructing them, the possibilities open up for weaving something other than a shroud for the day after the apocalypse that so prophetically ends salvation history.
Donna Haraway


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week 8 – summary

This week directed my focus on a new (google) blog I developed for the micro ethnography, incorporating a study on YouTube. My choice of a BBC documentary (Schama on Mark Rothko) is relating to my forthcoming dissertation topic on aesthetic spaces. My activity on the Google blog turned my attention away from the WordPress course [...]

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Love sick – on the road again

The journey continues in the streets of Edinburgh, looking for clues, where does love lead to…?

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tagging for narratives

‘In this project, the author(s) tried to understand “What happens in nicovideo [a service similar to YouTube]  by visualizing the inherent tag co-occuring networks. Tag co-ocurring networks on Nicovideo represent relationships of content and subsequently, evolution of content. ‘ I thought the idea of ‘evolution of content’ was an interesting concept. The internet grows discussion, [...]

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The sound of a YouTube Rhizome

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Typology of consumption

Correll (1995) suggests that online community experience is mediated by impressions of the real-world locations as well as the unique contingencies of computer-mediated communications. There are four styles of online community membership and participation: regulars, newbies, lurkers and bashers.  Over time, a shift develops, from newbie, lurker to regular; bashers come from the outside. Members of online community have 2 main [...]

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Ehtnography – YouTube Mark Rothko

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Some online communities may be too task-orientated (and therefore not 'social' enough) or might not stimulate sufficient interaction to develop 'group-specific'meanings, or they might be too divided and divisive to coalesce'
(Baym 1998)
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week 7 – summary

I have spent all week checking through the YouTube upload of the BBC’s Simon Schama’s Power of Art – part 1 to 7 This was a tasks that took longer than originally anticipated. The observations will be offering an interesting perspective of the YouTube platform, with a sample of postings recorded over a 4 year [...]

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YouTube community rules

“Let folks know what you think. Feedback’s part of the experience, and when done with respect, can be a great way to make friends, share stories, and make your time on YouTube richer. So leave comments, rate videos, make your own responses to videos that affect you, enter contests of interest—there’s a lot going on [...]

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