Making sense of sensors

O'Riordan, Kate, Parker, Jennifer, Harrison, David and Devereaux, Emile (2017) Making sense of sensors. Digital Culture and Society, 3 (1). pp. 147-158. ISSN 2364-2114

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The paper explores the different projects resulting from a practical workshop on making and hacking biosensors. The workshop was part of the Sussex-UCSC Digital Media partnership initiative, funded though the University of Sussex (and the EPSRC). The projects and the workshop enable a series of reflections about biosensors and their commercially offered promises and what they might offer to other constituents in digital arts theory and practice. These reflections include: issues about expertise and how to ‘make with sensors’; how inner states of being can be communicated in social situations; non-human relations and the possibility of radical communication beyond the human; and questions about materiality and performance and the role of the manifesto in relation to devices. These points are developed to argue that despite the radical promise of biosensors to offer new forms of communication, the objects they produce often fail. However, the process of design and making open up questions about the technological horizon and possibilities for connection in a device orientated culture.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: hacking, making, biosensors, manifesto
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology
Depositing User: Kate O'Riordan
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 14:02
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 06:59

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