Transductions: Bodies and Machines at Speed

Transductions: Bodies and Machines at Speed

by Adrian MacKenzie
     
 

Transductions explores the nature of technological speed and how technology becomes part of living bodies.Drawing on deconstruction and corporeal theory, Transductions re-examines the borders between bodies and machines, between what counts as social and what counts as technological. Using examples which include online computer games, military supercomputers,

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Overview

Transductions explores the nature of technological speed and how technology becomes part of living bodies.Drawing on deconstruction and corporeal theory, Transductions re-examines the borders between bodies and machines, between what counts as social and what counts as technological. Using examples which include online computer games, military supercomputers, genomic databases, performance art and the global positioning system, Mackenzie critiques the widely accepted notion that technology speeds everything up, arguing instead that there are only ever differences in speed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826458834
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/07/2002
Series:
Technologies: Studies in Culture & Theor Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Mackenzie is Researcher in Information Cultures, Department of Computing, Lancaster University.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Radical contingency and the materializations of technology
2. From stone to radiation: the depth and speed of technical embodiments
3. The technicity of time: 1.00 oscillations/sec to 9,192,631,770 Hz
4. Infrastructure and individuation: speed and delay in Stelarc's Ping Body
5. Losing time at the PlayStation: realtime and the whatever body
6. Life, collectives and the pre-vital technicity of biotechnology Conclusion.

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