Iris van der Tuin & Felicity Colman

Diffractive Difference & The Dirty Digital

Diffractive Difference: Epistemological materials

Diffractive methodology offers a mode of theorizing about knowledge and knowledge production. Karan Barad refers to this mode of theorization as performative in the sense that it requires an understanding of the material reconfiguration of things as they are observed, and mapped. In this genealogy of new materialist theory, the understanding of matter concerns a situated performance, as Donna Haraway points out. This talk describes this mode of
material epistemology, and its significance for thinking about how the world performs matter.

The Dirty Digital: the matter of obsolescence

Artists are excellent scavengers, picking over the leftovers, and re-appropriating materials, in order to produce a different durational form for matter. However, the conditions in which matter resides and circulates as energy forms in the digital realm requires scrutiny. This talk examines the dirty side of digital matter – the metallurgic waste materials, which are toxic for the environment, and for the human e-recycling workers – the leads, cadmiums, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybromides, and various polymers that are the materials
of the e-waste. How have, and can artists use the tools of new materialist theory to assist with the carcinogenic dirt of consumptive energy practices? This talk will give an applied view of new materialist theory for creative practices.

Lectures in English - 2 July 2015, 6.30 pm