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Nina Jäger 2016

FlatWorld - A document of real/virtual trauma in the Technosphere

What should we make of the “fire walls” between the real and the virtual? Anthropologist Lucy Suchman explores the archival remnants of FlatWorld, a flagship project at the Institute for Creative Technologies in the early 2000s, critically attending to the imaginaries that are realized in the figurations of places and bodies simulations generated for the project and the narratives they create.

by Lucy Suchman, Lucy Suchman
194 seconds read

On ASMR

When the human-technology system called technosphere is broken, it is the human-technology system that tries to fix it. Connecting people in intimate auditory ways over the internet is a way to provide therapy for the very kind of alienations and isolations that it helped to create in the first place. In a series of videos, texts and audio, artist Claire Tolan depicts the world of the ASMR subculture working to do just that.

by Claire Tolan
334 seconds read

Sleeping in Public, Working Like Babies

Sleep is a state where we disengage from the world around us both physically and sensuously. Artist Anna Zett discusses how this disconnection plays a role in our relations to capital, the pharmaceutical industry and our cognitive plasticity, exploring the disorders that alterations of sleep propagate.

by Anna Zett
943 seconds read

Sound and Pain

One cardinal source of the trauma induced by the technosphere is sonic: the ubiquity of anthropophonic vibrations passing through our environments. Social scientist and artist Josh Berson tells his story of being caught by the pervasiveness of human-generated sounds, forever beholden to a tinnitus of life emanating from our remaking of the Earth’s resonator.

by Josh Berson
693 seconds read

The Alien Hand of the Technosphere. Kurt Goldstein and the Trauma of Intelligent Machines

Philosopher Matteo Pasquinelli investigates the curious history of the phantom limb syndrome and how it chronicles the confluence of war trauma research, neurology, cybernetics and the philosophy of mind. Is there a way by which all of that translates and extends to today’s planetary technosphere, being a prosthesis and a fear of amputation at the same time?

by Matteo Pasquinelli
934 seconds read

The Free Sea

Trauma is when your home ceases to exist. Using a collage of documentary and artistic intervention, these four artists and scholars confront the catastrophe of global warming as the rising sea literally dissolves the Maldives and, subsequently, those lives that are lived upon them.

by Hanna Husberg, Laura McLean, Ele Carpenter, S. Ayesha Hameed, Ele Carpenter
20 seconds read

Trauma of Machines That We Make Love to Machines?

Writer Rana Dasgupta follows the data paths of the technosphere from the rural crafts cultures of India into new cultures of global desire, with stops at Facebook and in Hollywood, formulating two universal machines – that of technology and that of commerce – which he sees as unfolding into what could be called a global technomarket.

by Rana Dasgupta
19 seconds read

Traumasphere, Thinking through Commodity Violence

Littered ground: decaying leaves, cigarette butts, dislocated feathers. Unnoticed detritus pushed by each passing wheel further into the macadam, further from the notice of any passerby who may — many will, after all — fall also under the tread of the tire like so much extruding yellow paint. Ethnographer S. Løchlann Jain poetically examines how commodities and violence sustain one another in the technosphere.

by S. Løchlann Jain
128 seconds read

continent. inter-view: Arno Rosemarin on disconcerting technical systems

Of course, corrective lenses, antiperspirants, things to stop bacteria, lots of interesting stuff in your mouth—mercury, lead. I am a walking bionic, not too much steel—there is a lot of metal in one’s mouth...

by Arno Rosemarin
141 seconds read
One more speculative way to understand the intertwining of biological and technological forces is in understanding the technosphere itself as a form of trauma. Freed from its hackneyed psychoanalytic treatment, the notion of trauma might be an accurate description of a general process of recursion, iteration, and memory that is inherent within the relationship of technospheric infrastructures, cultural inscriptions, and the supple physicality of the individual. If frictions, adaptations, and disruption inscribe themselves within cultural and technological systems, it becomes necessary for the individual, the culture, or the environment to create new ways of living with and around the scars left by a traumatic event. As the technospheric body is disclosed in and through these recursions, trauma itself becomes a currency, a language of the technosphere. In this regard, trauma includes not only violence but also responses that incorporate new and productive constellations. How is the technosphere not only inscribed into the surface of the Earth but also in individuals, and how does it determine and shape the behavior of collectives? What kinds of injuries and frictions result from the engineering of our environments – and ourselves – along a complex machinery of instruments, techniques, and simulations?