Quote of the Day: Jussi Parika

 “Insect media”… is a transversal field that has moved from the historical examples from the nineteenth century … to the more recent discussions concerning swarms and network culture, and from the discourses surrounding art and the transmutation of bodies and their sensoriums to new diagrams of tapping into and capturing such bodies in technocapitalist projects. It is defined by this complexity, and by the media ecological relationality that demands an insectlike compound vision system and the alternative senses of the cultural analyst as well, to be able to take into account the various planes on which the notion of insect media is organized and distributed but also finds its lines of flight. … The way some insects are defined by metamorphosis connects them to a conceptual agenda of cultural analysis and media archaeology keen on developing conceptual tools to open up “universes of virtuality” and ecosophic cartographies that are less about interpretation than about creating potentials for “assemblages of enunciation capable of capturing the points of singularity of a situation.”  In this case, the singularity resides in ethological relations, metamorphosis, and bodily intensities and potentials of communication that are not captured from an anthropomorphic perspective. Incidentally, these points are what connect contemporary network culture and the much older techniques of environing that we find in animals such as insects.1

1. Parikka, Jussi (2010-12-20). Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology (Posthumanities) (Kindle Locations 4165-4182). University of Minnesota Press. Kindle Edition.

10 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Jussi Parika

  1. I really like this quote! It brings to mind for me the central ambiguity of swarm-oriented discourses as a whole and foregrounds. This ambiguity is centered on the ‘symbolic coordinates’ from which a swarm itself arises: the coordinates provided by the Zapatistas, for the alter-globalization movement, the production of democratic processes for those in Tahir square, insect or bird songs, or even the deterritorialized ummah in the case of ISIS. Its all about those incommunicable things that overflow the circuits, can’t be contained in them ,or strain them to the point of disconnection – a point that was surely lost on the RAND technocrats with their netwar fetishes.

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      • Yeah, reading them is very much a technodeterminist experience… new media makes swarms, medium is the message to the nth degree. The search for functionality negates the social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental (and all transversal lines between them contexts that gives content to the form and actually breaks the form. All they can see is top down… It’s a media ecology, not an assembly line!

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      • Yea, that was one of Parika’s keys was the use of Simondon’s sense of milieu in media, his transversal, transindividuaiton, pre-individual, etc. The book is worth a read… brings home a lot of Serres’ insights as well.

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