Machines for Enquiring

Mchardy, Julien and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2020. Machines for Enquiring. In: Katrina Jungnickel, ed. Transmissions: Critical Tactics for Making and Communicating Research. Massachusetts: MIT Press, pp. 36-64. ISBN 9780262043403 [Book Section]

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Since Foucault (1978) we are used to thinking about the apparatus of knowledge production. But what does it look like if we take this literally and think of enquiries as machines with particular materialities and capabilities? What are the sociotechnical mechanics of an enquiry? On what materials does it operate, and what kinds of stories can it make? This chapter explores the making and use of enquiry machines (EMs), an interdisciplinary collaboration in which we made a series of, sometimes annoyingly, interactive machines to explore sociocultural topics. We use the EM project as a way to make explicit and experiment with the materiality of knowledge production and transmission.

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1 November 2019Accepted
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