Intermingled Bodies: Distributed Agency in an Expanded Appreciation of Making

Rosenberg, Terry E.. 2013. Intermingled Bodies: Distributed Agency in an Expanded Appreciation of Making. FORMakademisk, 6(2), pp. 1-18. ISSN 1890-9515 [Article]

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This article offers an expanded view of making and, concomitantly, an understanding that through making we constitute the way we are in the world. The article begins with the idea that making produces a 'surrogate' of the body, which extends the body into the world, reforming the body and the world and their relationship. The ideas the article offers run counter to certain currents of thought that reduce making to a narrow cast anthropocentric crafting. Instead of this reduction, where making is merely understood and fixated as a close inembodied handicraft, the article advances: first, that all that we produce is making – not just that which is crafted by the immediacy of a hand; and, second, and linked to this expanded view of making, that all making workst hrough a distributed agency that includes human and non-human actors and actants in meshworks that extend across space – synchronous - and across time –diachronous. In other words, the body is extended into the world through what is made and this made world acts ineluctably on, and in, making. The paper references the practices of three makers to make the case for the need, bothethical and poetic, to think about making as an expanded term and to consideran intentionality of making that works through distributed agency doubly constituted as material and narrative.

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agency, material, narrative, tact, apparatus, network, meshwork

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05 Nov 2013 13:59

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29 Apr 2020 15:54

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