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      From Data to Matter: Anti-Systematic Interventions and Explorations of the (Micro)biopolitical Organism

      Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021 (POM 2021)
      debate and devise concepts and practices that seek to critically question and unravel novel modes of science
      September 14-17, 2021
      Bioart, Biological materials, (Micro)biopolitical matter, Material research, DIY/DIWO/DIT, Biology, (Micro)biopolitics


            Abstract: In this essay, we draw on multidisciplinary scholarship and artistic interventions that we consider to be instances of anti-systematic practice, wherein artists’ use of their own biological data and matter supports material research, and catalyzes alternative, embodied knowledge production of the self. While an anti-systematic practice builds on systematizing biomedical tools and practices, its primary aim is to integrate that general knowledge with complex, contextualized experiences for deeper collective self-understanding. The datafication of the self through wearable self-tracking technologies expands our capability to build bodily knowledge, but simultaneously entails pervasive (micro)biosurveillance and reproduces an internalized, isolating neoliberal ethos. Technological advances can constitute forms of (micro)biopower that dominate, control, classify, and govern our life on a molecular level. We consider theory and art practice that domesticates and demystifies biotechnology and citatresits or subverts forms of (micro)biopower, while engaging with medical knowledge and biotechnological capability for bodily observation. The works we describe invite participation in collective body projects and empower self-understanding that arises from collaborative conceptualization of alternate futures.


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            September 2021
            September 2021
            : 205-213
            [0001]Nicosia, Cyprus
            [0002]Berlin, Germany
            © Satsia et al. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021, Berlin, Germany

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            Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021
            POM 2021
            Berlin, Germany
            September 14-17, 2021
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            debate and devise concepts and practices that seek to critically question and unravel novel modes of science

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/POM2021.27
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Bioart,(Micro)biopolitics,Material research,Biology,DIY/DIWO/DIT,(Micro)biopolitical matter,Biological materials


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