Memory in Technoscience: Biomedia and the wettability of mnemonic relations
This chapter explores how, in contexts of technoscience, memory vacillates between biotic systems and communication devices. Adopting a media ecology perspective, I identify how the entry of media techniques and diverse mediatic forms into technoscientific worlds effect mutational fields in mnemonic relations. The discussion receives its empirical grounding through a media archaeology of the intermedial mnemonic relations affected by a media technique called electrowetting. I argue that studying the intermediality of memory in technoscience demands a departure from a prevailing anthropic-logocentric view on media and memory. In turn this will enhance capacities for explaining how emerging media technologies transform memory through novel configurations of bios and techne.
CitationAllen, Matthew J. "Biomedia and the wettability of mnemonic relations" in Hoskins (ed.) Digital Memory Studies: Media Pasts in Transition (Routledge, 2017).
Author affiliationSchool of Business
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