Monday, June 23, 2003

Girls and boys, today's concept is transduction

Adrian Mackenzie, Transductions: Bodies and Machines at Speed. London: Continuum, 2002. Or see Transduction: invention, innovation and collective life (pdf).

The problem of representing technology needs post-representational understanding of invention and technological practice ... Transduction provides a way of thinking about technologies processually, that is, as events rather than objects, as contingent the whole way down, rather than covering over or reducing contingency ... It proposes that both normalising and generative capacities of technologies can be understood as a process of individuation, as an ontogenetic process which results in individuated things and which involves both ordinary and singular events. Much of what is represented as 'new' is in fact the capture and containment of the processual mode of existence in technology.

Oh ya!

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