Category Technical Objects

Mechanology: Machine Typologies and the Birth of Philosophy of Technology in France (1932-1958)

My article on mechanology was just published in the latest issue of Systema. It’s a short article and focuses on a movement in the history of philosophy that was in many ways a failed project and a missed opportunity to create a new field for the philosophical study and science of machines. I address the […]

Wear Me: Art | Technology | Body

Next week I’ll be giving a talk at the Wear Me: Art | Technology | Body curated art exhibit and small academic symposium which will be hosted by the Decimal Lab and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. My paper is “Re-Ontologizing the Body: Data and Wearable Personal Status Monitoring (PSM) Devices” and takes […]

Two Examples of Concretization

I have a short article in a new special issue of Platform: Journal of Media and Communication (Vol. 6) on Gilbert Simondon: Media and Technics. It’s a brief paper entitled “Two Examples of Concretization” and it looks at concretization, Simondon’s famous example of the Guimbal turbine, and the more modern example of so-called ‘dirty’ planar […]

Teaching – On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects, First Part, Chapter 1

Teaching – On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects, First Part, Chapter 1 Simondon begins On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects (METO) by telling us that “there is a human reality in technical reality,” that “human action” is “fixed and crystallized” in the “functioning structures” of technology. In this, METO attempts to […]