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Author Salter, Chris, 1967- author

Title Alien agency : experimental encounters with art in the making / Chris Salter ; afterword by Andrew Pickering
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 311 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Part I. Resonances : -- 1. Hearing Perspectives -- 2. From Agency to Practice -- 3. Green Belts in Goethe's City -- 4. Stories Told of Sonic Reals -- 5. Four Ears, or Listening as Making -- 6. Can Architecture Hear? -- 7. Hearing View -- 8. Affects and Atmospheres -- 9. Tuning -- Part II. Cellular Vitality : -- 1. A Living Machine? -- 2. Suspicions of a Wet Kind -- 3. Experiments in a Lab at the End of the World -- 4. The Tissue Culture Point of View -- Part I -- 5. Techniques for Immortality -- 6. The Tissue Culture Point of View -- Part II -- 7. Surface Tensions -- 8. The Tissue Culture Point of View -- Part III -- 9. A Tutorial on Muscle-Cell Energetics -- 10. Where the Art Is ... -- 11. The Tacit Knowing of Tissue -- 12. A Revealing School Seminar -- 13. Goals and Purposes -- 14. Tissue Culture Hands On -- 15. Life's Triumph in the Dish -- 16. Eight Failed Experiments in Substrate Sketching -- 17. Reflections on Bare Life at the Bench -- 18. Collagen Trials While the Clock Ticks -- 19. Suspension -- 20. Is Life in Bodies? -- Part III. Sensorium : -- 1. Limens -- 2. Mediations of Sensation -- 3. Three Tensions -- 4. Four Seminars in Sensory Experience -- 5. Translation and Enactment -- 6. Atmospheres Unveiled -- 7. Technologies of the Senses -- 8. Seeding Alter -- 9. How to Invoke the Cosmos -- 10. Experience Near-Far -- 11. The Missing Sense -- 12. The Conditions of Sensory Assemblage -- 13. Displace -- 14. "Death, Limbo, and then Heaven down the Hall" -- 15. Is Sense in Culture? -- Conclusion: Is the World a Laboratory?
Summary "In Alien Agency, Chris Salter tells three stories of art in the making. Salter examines three works in which the materials of art - the 'stuff of the world' - behave and perform in ways beyond the creator's intent, becoming unknown, surprising, alien. Studying thse works - all three deeply embroiled in and enabled by science and technology - allows him to focus on practice through the experiential and affective elements of creation. Drawing on extensive ethnographic observation and on his own experience as an artist, Salter investigates how researcher-creators organize the conditions for these experimental, performative assemlages that sidestep dichotomies between subjects and objects, human and nonhuman, mind and body, knowing and experiencing."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Artificial life.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Experience.
Senses and sensation.
Technology -- Philosophy.
Tissue culture -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
Author Pickering, Andrew, 1948- author of afterword
ISBN 0262028468
0262323591 (electronic bk.)
9780262028462
9780262323598 (electronic bk.)