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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Recommended Books - On the Existence of Digital Objects, Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon and Biocultural Creatures: Toward a New Theory of the Human

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On the Existence of Digital Objects (Electronic Mediations)
On the Existence of Digital Objects (Electronic Mediations)
"Digital objects, in their simplest form, are data. They are also a new kind of industrial object that pervades every aspect of our life today—as online videos, images, text files, e-mails, blog posts, Facebook events.Yet, despite their ubiquity, the nature of digital objects remains unclear."

On the Existence of Digital Objects conducts a philosophical examination of digital objects and their organizing schema by creating a dialogue between Martin Heidegger and Gilbert Simondon, which Yuk Hui contextualizes within the history of computing. How can digital objects be understood according to individualization and individuation? Hui pursues this question through the history of ontology and the study of markup languages and Web ontologies; he investigates the existential structure of digital objects within their systems and milieux. With this relational approach toward digital objects and technical systems, the book addresses alienation, described by Simondon as the consequence of mistakenly viewing technics in opposition to culture.

Interdisciplinary in philosophical and technical insights, with close readings of Husserl, Heidegger, and Simondon as well as the history of computing and the Web, Hui’s work develops an original, productive way of thinking about the data and metadata that increasingly define our world.

Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (February 29, 2016).

Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon
Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon
"Artmachines presents, constructs, and transforms the thought of Deleuze and Guattari, excavating from their work a new philosophy of individuation and creative production."

Western thought remains burdened by a worn-out image predicated upon binary oppositions, sterile notions of art as representation, and an untenable model of the subject as a sovereign individual. Deleuze and Guattari aim, above all, to create a new image of thought that dismantles these worn-out concepts and that fosters creativity, life, and becoming.

These 13 essays by Deleuze specialist Anne Sauvagnargues, 12 of which are being published in English for the first time, will help to make Deleuze and Guattari's work useful to scholars and artists in a range of disciplines. Ranging over literature, art, cinema, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and politics, they converge around the concepts of individuation, ecology, territory, the machine, transversality, and the refrain. The result is the sense of a new image predicated on individuation and the event.

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2016). 

Biocultural Creatures:
Toward a New Theory of the Human
Biocultural Creatures: Toward a New Theory of the Human 
"In Biocultural Creatures, Samantha Frost brings feminist and political theory together with findings in the life sciences to recuperate the category of the human for politics. Challenging the idea of human exceptionalism as well as other theories of subjectivity that rest on a distinction between biology and culture, Frost proposes that humans are biocultural creatures who quite literally are cultured within the material, social, and symbolic worlds they inhabit."

Through discussions about carbon, the functions of cell membranes, the activity of genes and proteins, the work of oxygen, and the passage of time, Frost recasts questions about the nature of matter, identity, and embodiment.  In doing so, she elucidates the imbrication of the biological and cultural within the corporeal self.  In remapping the relation of humans to their habitats and arriving at the idea that humans are biocultural creatures, Frost provides new theoretical resources for responding to political and environmental crises and for thinking about how to transform the ways we live. 

Publisher: Duke University Press Books (June 28, 2016).

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