A question for the technophiliac hive-mind…

I’ve been tentatively circling phenomenology for a while now; as an approach to grasping embodied experience in everyday technoculture. There are lots of very productive resources, from film theory (Laura Marks, Vivian Sobchack) and from HCI (Paul Dourish, Lucy Suchman), and back to Heidegger, and forward through Stiegler… However the film and HCI phenomenology, whilst sensitive to the reality of technics, seems fixed in a humanist frame. It is human bodies and sensoria that experience, sense, and locate themselves in relation to screen images and technologies, not vice versa. I’m writing a paper on virtual gravity that will, amongst other things, address the proprioceptive faculties of accelerometer-equipped devices such as wii-motes and iPhones. Is there anything in Stiegler (or beyond) that might help?


2 thoughts on “post-phenomenology

  1. hi seth
    from that book I noted before, Economie de l’hypermatériel et psychopourvoir: Entretiens avec Phillippe Petit et Vincent Bontems , there is a great discussion of contemporary science, the shift noted by Gaston Bachelard to a science no longer of the phenomenon, (with the question being ‘what is it?) but a science which examines the phenomeno-technique: the phenomenon that is composed with its technical instrumentation that frames, measures, ‘produces’ the phenomenon. virtual physics could be thought of as one these things. They are technically produced but phenomenal inasmuch as they can be perceived and even function to produce certain effects/experiences/operations. Eg in videogames but also in simulations of non-terrestrial gravity that would be part of r & d for robot space ship exploration of other planets…..

    in general, though, stiegler’s work is all about the way the what conditions the who, makes certain experiences and understandings of them possible. in TT1 the elaboration of the notion of ‘epiphylogenesis’ : the becoming of the human as an experience-conditioned phylogenesis: experience that is available to condition human becoming because of techniques that remember, record and archive the experiences of people who have lived already, and which survive them and their neuronal/bodily memories.

  2. Hi Seth –

    There was someone who spoke at a symposium I attended a few years back, who was into these kinds of questions. His approach ways of conceptualising the desire and agency of non-human and technical beings. Can’t remember his name, but the symposium was called Biodigital Lives, and was hosted by Sussex Uni in 2009.

    Just checked the list of speakers at that symposium and think it must be Jussi Parikka. Checked out his blog ( and it’s very interesting in the light of your query, though the content is slightly different to the approach I just described…

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