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Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 15 March 2019
DOI: 10.1215/9781478004479-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0447-9
Book Chapter

By The Project on Vegas
Published: 07 September 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7523-4
... constructed nature artificial plants nature and technology branding nature climate change in Vegas ...
Published: 07 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375234-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7523-4
..., where the ability to create believable simulacra of natural forms tests our ability to distinguish the real from the fake. Newer hotel-casinos have responded to a more global and upscale clientele by foregoing corporeal nature in favor of technological displays that convey the idea of nature...
Series: Experimental Futures
Published: 22 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374190-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7419-0
... Hormonal menstrual suppression, as a chemical means of choosing nature, is a peculiar kind of purification, situated within a Bahian esthetic preference for artificiality. The conclusion engages with anthropological debates on the tension between biological contingency and technological...
Series: a Cultural Politics Book
Published: 01 January 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373476-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7347-6
.... The last two chapters set out to find a path to climb out of this slough of despond. Chapter 3 historicizes the construction of the contemporary condition in successive historical process identified here as environmentalization (of nature, technology, and data). It proposes that economic, political...
Published: 18 April 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373629-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7362-9
..., Solomon-Godeau argues, can be categorized as landscape, much less “nature.” Rather, such imagery belonged more often to a nineteenth-century category of the “view,” or to categories of topographic documentation or touristic souvenirs. Solomon-Godeau traces the technological developments and social shifts...
Published: 18 April 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373629-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7362-9
... In this essay, Solomon-Godeau continues her investigation of the epistemological, ethical, and political problem of documentary. She examines how changing technologies have affected truth claims in various manifestations of “documentary” photography. Such an inquiry requires distinguishing...
Published: 01 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375494-021
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7549-4
... A critical first step in denaturalizing the category of voice entails understanding the common and naturalized meanings “voice” has in English, and by extension, in the Euro-Western context. While the sonorous and material aspects of voice typically serve as the constitutive outside when “voice...
Series: Experimental Futures
Published: 22 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374190-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7419-0
... of modernity, emblematized by a move out of nature made possible through technological intervention. Contemporary discussions of menstrual suppression center on whether menstruation is a defining feature of female bodies. Such assessments allude to an imagined human evolutionary past of fewer menstrual...
Series: Objects/Histories
Published: 05 February 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374602-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7460-2
... the technological revolution. Rather, the indexical nature of the photographic imprint shares ontological immediacies with originary Ancestral imprintation, conjoining in her work, to command a new revelatory potency. The mediatory capacities of the digital allow the real work of tradition to reveal itself...
Series: Elements
Published: 19 January 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059011-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5901-1
.... Diffractions, disruptions that expose difference, result from crashes and reveal the precarious manner by which technologies, laws, and discourses bring nature and culture together. To support crash theory, this chapter presents ethnographic cases. Drones crashing into a tern colony in California...
Series: ANIMA
Published: 01 January 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373827-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7382-7
... of the generative effects of both ecological damage and its proposed remedies. Each ravaged ecosystem, each technological triumph, each bold new synthesis of Nature pulls creatures into new forms of connection, as compelling as any that shadowed futures past. Twenty-first-century animism blurs the boundaries...
Published: 01 January 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374824-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7482-4
... This chapter examines some of the ways in which sound unfolds in time, from the fundamental nature of sound as a perishable, passing event to the present perfect of sounds as memory traces and the ways in which technologies of recording or “fixation” have changed our relationship to sonic...
Published: 03 February 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373414-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7341-4
... Chapter 2 continues the opposition between the visible “moment of death” and the nebulous process of dying by examining long-term chronicles of natural dying. This documentary practice gained traction through the rise of analog video and then digital video. With newly affordable and user...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
...” in many ways: from ablest myths of “normal” hearing, to social lines drawn between ability and disability that become naturalized in the built environment, making it difficult to bring artists and audiences with disabilities and artists and audiences without disabilities together; to experimental sound...
Series: Elements
Published: 19 January 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059011-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5901-1
... of human bodies; elementality, or how drones are influenced by the sea and the wind; and governmentality, or how pilots aspire to a caring control over marine species with drones. Nature realism, or the drone operator's pragmatic ethos of conservation with technologies, is presented. Finally, the broad...
Published: 15 May 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375463-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7546-3
... In this chapter, the author examines the ways that surveillance technologies work to discipline different bodies paying particular attention to race and gender. The author focuses on the Shafia murders in Canada as iconized in the mainstream media as honor killings and argues...
Book Chapter

By Jaya Keaney
Published: 11 October 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027492-004
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2749-2
... fracture and multiply the rigid genomic logics naturalized in the fertility industry. While the racial categories ascribed to donors are often assumed to be used for racial matching, the parents interviewed here routinely reject matching in favor of other priorities. In the process, they highlight...
Book: Brutalism
Series: Theory in Forms
Published: 24 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027720-009
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2772-0
... and to articulate a critique of contemporary materialism. This allows us to relativize the dominant nature-artifice polarity of the West's thinking on technology and open the way to what Africa has been the sign of throughout the centuries—that of potential humanity and of the future object. politics...
Series: Elements
Published: 19 January 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059011-008
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5901-1
... After seven chapters of increasingly distant yet intimate flight, the conclusion comes home, reconsidering how conservation technologies and their enhanced intimacy and capacity to invoke care and control alter the relationship between nature and culture. The conclusion draws from aerial...