8. Returns of the machine
There are not only different conceptions of machines as e.g. mechanical, mathematical or symbolical apparatuses, but such conceptions have also changed over time. In this section, we want to investigate the genealogies and cultural diversity of “machines”, and the ways in which they have been articulated and reflected by theorists and artists. We are particularly interested in contributions that look at artistic critiques of existing technologies, historical or current, or at speculative artistic practices which seek to reconsider technological paradigms altogether.
Some of the topics we are interested in include:
- Material and immaterial aspects of machine archaeology
- Pre-modern machine paradigms
- Machines in 19th-century art
- Gender aspects in the variantology of machines
- Wild machine genealogies
- Machine geologies
- Machine politics
- Posthuman machines
- Sonic machines
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