Sound and Technological Posthumanism
Publication Year: 2013
Humanesis critically examines central strains of posthumanism, searching out biases in the ways that human–technology coupling is explained. Specifically, it interrogates three approaches taken by posthumanist discourse: scientific, humanist, and organismic. David Cecchetto’s investigations reveal how each perspective continues to hold on to elements of the humanist tradition that it is ostensibly mobilized against. His study frontally desublimates the previously unseen presumptions that underlie each of the three thought lines and offers incisive appraisals of the work of three prominent thinkers: Ollivier Dyens, Katherine Hayles, and Mark Hansen.
To materially ground the problematic of posthumanism, Humanesis interweaves its theoretical chapters with discussions of artworks. These highlight the topos of sound, demonstrating how aurality might produce new insights in a field that has been dominated by visualization. Cecchetto, a media artist, scrutinizes his own collaborative artistic practice in which he elucidates the variegated causal chains that compose human–technological coupling.
Humanesis advances the posthumanist conversation in several important ways. It proposes the term “technological posthumanism” to focus on the discourse as it relates to technology without neglecting its other disciplinary histories. It suggests that deconstruction remains relevant to the enterprise, especially with respect to the performative dimension of language. It analyzes artworks not yet considered in the light of posthumanism, with a particular emphasis on the role of aurality. And the form of the text introduces a reflexive component that exemplifies how the dialogue of posthumanism might progress without resorting to the types of unilateral narratives that the book critiques.
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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I am extremely grateful to Stephen Ross, whose efforts and expertise in guiding me through the process of writing this book are matched only by his patience with my tendency to obfuscate doubly where I am asked to clarify; moreover, Stephen has acted as both an advocate and a mentor, and I set him as my standard when working with my own students. I would also ...
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To hear past the historical insignificance of sounds, we need to It is in the character of sound to be semiotically parasitic, to take on—and usually intensify—the systems of meaning to which it attaches. High-fidelity audio accompanying a video, for example, tends to pro-duce the impression of higher-definition visuals, while the reverse is ...
1. From Genes to Memes: Ollivier Dyens and the Scientific Posthumanism of Darwinian Evolution
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...enterprise, but it is the role of a means to an end; the end is a In this chapter, I elaborate a notion of technological posthumanism that is predicated on understanding information—specifically replicable data—as the dominant term in relations between culture and technology. To ex-emplify this perspective, I focus my argument on the theoretical work of ...
2. Dark Matters: An Eidolic Collision of Sound and Vision
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It was terrible, . . . with breath which one could almost see rather To the extent that scientific data are repeatable, verifiable, and falsifiable, we might follow McLuhan in saying that they are staged in visual space.1 In chapter 1’s analysis of Dyens’s cultural bodies, then, it is specifically the vision of scientific representation—which is virtually synonymous with ...
3. N. Katherine Hayles and Humanist Technological Posthumanism
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In this chapter, I discuss the humanist technological posthumanism that is proffered in the writing of N. Katherine Hayles.1 The chapter begins by situating Hayles as a coalescing figure of posthumanism, discussing her role in forming a coherent discourse around the various and scat-tered activities that have slowly combined to overdetermine the cyber-...
4. The Trace: Melancholy and Posthuman Ethics
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The year 1nine.oldstylenine.oldstyle5: it was a time of f_lesh, it was a time of data. It was a virtual time, really, in the full sense of the term, that is, in the sense that data bodies were seen circulating freely, but their visibility as such attested to an explicit awareness that something was not circulating. Isn’t this the story of virtual reality? That every dematerializing claim that it makes is simultaneously a ...
5. From Affect to Affectivity: Mark B. N. Hansen’s Organismic Posthumanism
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The new man is the old man in new situations; in particular, he is The potential of deconstructive analysis lies not in the simple recognition of the inevitability of exclusions, but in insisting upon accountability for the particular exclusions that are enacted and in taking up the responsibility to perpetually contest and rework the ...
6. Skewed Remote Musical Performance: Sounding Deconstruction
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.... . . but rather a “beyond” . . . that is at the same time radically intimate, a beyond that is not, in Derrida’s terms, a place. In short, If the organismic technological posthumanism discussed in chapter 5 performs an intensification of the paradoxical (deconstructive) causality that it disavows, this chapter discusses an art practice—Skewed Remote ...
Conclusion. Registration as Intervention: Performativity and Dominant Strains of Technological Posthumanism
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In creation and observation works of art unfold as a sequence of events. But how? . . . [They] must be capable of generating both continuity and discontinuity, which is easier in reality than in niKLas LuhMann, as citeD By cary WoLfe in What is posthuManisM?Perhaps these differences are superficial, perhaps they are destined ...
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About the Author
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David Cecchetto is assistant professor of critical digital theory ...
Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Posthumanities