Dear group members,
There was a bit of a delay getting this started (turns out dissertations take time to write??) but Eamonn and I had a brief chat and felt like the end of the year would be a good time to dig in.
To introduce yourself and help shape the direction of the group, we were thinking we’d all share (in a comment on this post):
- a few lines about our research interests
- 100-200 words about what you’ve recently been reading
- what you are looking forward to reading in the near future
No real deadline, but I’ll try to follow up early in January to see where we might want to bring all this first.
To reiterate from Twitter: direction of the group will be shaped as much by the shared interests of the members than any single research program or theme. As it turns out, we all appear to be interested in sound and technology, which remains the banner under which are currently organizing.
Ezra and Eamonn
research interests: my dissertation focuses on connecting technical decisions taken in the design, assembly and maintenance of homemade electronic music instruments to understand which timbres, rhythms and melodies are the result of everything from realized intentions to accidental and unexpected experimentation. Practically, this means reverse engineering electronic music hardware and software and documenting the context of their geneses to better appreciate their authors intents and labor. This research serves as the basis for my composition projects, which are variations, extensions and developments of the various sonic mechanisms I’ve documented during these reverse engineering and historical inquiries.
what I’ve been reading: I’m currently annotating Wolfgang Ernst’s “Chronopoetics” (2011) to identify every technical concept used in the book, evaluate the extent to which I agree with his descriptions (I tend not to) and offer alternative assessments of his underlying points. As my own project relates extensively with media archaeology, this is done mostly in an attempt to better understand the extent to which I need to rely on Ernst in my dissertation. I’ve kept a list of all the other books I’ve read this year here, some fun ones included Pickering’s “Cybernetic Brain,” Simondon’s “Mode D’Existence des Objets Techniques,” Wendling’s “Marx on Technology and Alienation,” Gabrys’ “Digital Rubbish,” Mattern’s “Code and Clay,” or Kittler’s “Discourse Networks.” Throughout these books I am interested in identifying helpful templates to discuss the mechanisms by which humans, artworks and electrical systems co-construct each other in the context of global / oppressive chains of production and consumption of late technocapitalism.
Looking forward to:
- the two books that made this group happen,Hansen, Mark, and N. Katherine Hayles. Embodying technesis: Technology beyond writing. University of Michigan Press, 2000. Hansen, Mark Boris Nicola. New philosophy for new media. MIT press, 2004. (both were uploaded to the reading list – let me know if you can’t access it?)
- Wendy Chun, “Programmed Visions”
- Bourdieu “Distinction” and “Esquisse D’Une Theorie de La Pratique”
- Van Eck “Between Air and Electricity”
- Lojek “History of Semiconductor Engineering”
- Henriques “Sonic Bodies”
- Benjamin “Race After Technology”
- McKittrick: “Sylvia Wynter on being human as praxis”