Environmental Sensing and Expanded Subjects of Sense
Far from being passive matter upon which human or nonhuman “sense” operates, environments are an active part of how actual entities come to concresce and relate, how organisms endure, and how values—including those values implicit in technology—are expressed.
In this presentation, I consider how distinct environments and environmental relations emerge, take hold, and are programmed with and through sensing technologies. Along the way, I consider how environments are sensed and monitored by sensor networks, and how it might be possible to bypass an automatic understanding of sensors as merely detecting preformed environmental data as though there is a world of substantialist phenomena to be processed by a cognizing device.
Jennifer Gabrys is Professor in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Principal Investigator on the European Research Council funded project, Citizen Sense. She is the author of Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (University of Michigan Press, 2011), and Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), and co-editor of Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic (Routledge, 2013). Her work can be found at citizensense.net and jennifergabrys.net.
Citizen Sense. http://citizensense.net.
Citizen Sense publications. https://citizensense.net/publications.
Deptford Data Stories. https://citizensense.net/data-stories-deptford.
Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/gabrys_pdf
This talk is 4.1 of the post-graduate talks series: Number Culture
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