Thinking more and more about something one might call systems justice and about the ways in which entanglements among media, climate change, new materialities and ways of addressing them come to matter, how the gatherings we want, and need, and find ourselves in, companion the boundary object-oriented feminist approaches in attention now. Excited to offer a keynote for the Swedish g14 conference 2014 in Umeå, the Berlin Memorial Lecture at Purdue, another keynote for 4M conference on matter, materials, materiality, materialism at Utrecht, an intro to playful digital materialities at our own WMST Summer Technology Institute, and the exciting Queer Methods conference talk at U Penn, fall 2013. (See the Papers TAB for links to these various presentations.)
Thinking toward my next book I realize my goals in on-going research have become to nurture attention to just how it is that humans, systems, things adapt together, in and as something we might well want to call a sympoiesis of media. This next book's arguments are drawn from my on-going research in media cultural histories, media infrastructures of embodied learning, and media entanglements as ecological processes. How do media do their work less as devices of representation than as artifacts of coordination among non-linear systems? These media systems are at once social, ecological, and cognitive and, in the spirit of new materialisms, continually reworking; such multi-sensory communications work both with and without words. This very ability to demonstrate “us” as bits in systems of complexity and change is affectively powerful, actually triggering somatic reactions with motivating implications. I have been sharing this work in all these venues and learning more with each set of entangled conversations and communities.
I am also enjoying drawing on an iPad app called Paper and have started using these drawings in my talks and their websites, and for classes, for Facebook, as gifts for friends, and as meditations across being.