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    Platform Seeing: Image Ensembles and Their Invisualities.Adrian MacKenzie & Anna Munster - 2019 - Theory, Culture and Society 36 (5):3-22.
    How can one ‘see’ the operationalization of contemporary visual culture, given the imperceptibility and apparent automation of so many processes and dimensions of visuality? Seeing – as a position from a singular mode of observation – has become problematic since many visual elements, techniques, and forms of observing are highly distributed through data practices of collection, analysis and prediction. Such practices are subtended by visual cultural techniques that are grounded in the development of image collections, image formatting and hardware design. (...)
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    The Performativity of Code.Adrian Mackenzie - 2005 - Theory, Culture and Society 22 (1):71-92.
    This article analyses a specific piece of computer code, the Linux operating system kernel, as an example of how technical operationality figures in contemporary culture. The analysis works at two levels. First of all, it attempts to account for the increasing visibility and significance of code or software-related events. Second, it seeks to extend familiar concepts of performativity to include cultural processes in which the creation of meaning is not central, and in which processes of circulation play a primary role. (...)
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    Living Multiples: How Large-scale Scientific Data-mining Pursues Identity and Differences.Adrian Mackenzie & Ruth McNally - 2013 - Theory, Culture and Society 30 (4):72-91.
    This article responds to two problems confronting social and human sciences: how to relate to digital data, inasmuch as it challenges established social science methods; and how to relate to life sciences, insofar as they produce knowledge that impinges on our own ways of knowing. In a case study of proteomics, we explore how digital devices grapple with large-scale multiples – of molecules, databases, machines and people. We analyse one particular visual device, a cluster-heatmap, produced by scientists by mining data (...)
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    Personalization and probabilities: Impersonal propensities in online grocery shopping.Adrian Mackenzie - 2018 - Big Data and Society 5 (1).
    Accounts of big data practices often assume that they target individuals. Personalization, with all the risks of discrimination and bias it entails, has been the critical focus in accounts of consumption, government, social media, and health. This paper argues that personalization through models using large-scale data is part of a more expansive change in probabilization that, in principle, is not reducible to individual or ‘personal’ attributes and actions. It describes the ‘personalization’ of an online grocery shopping recommender system to list (...)
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    Codes and Codings in Crisis.Adrian Mackenzie & Theo Vurdubakis - 2011 - Theory, Culture and Society 28 (6):3-23.
    The connections between forms of code and coding and the many crises that currently afflict the contemporary world run deep. Code and crisis in our time mutually define, and seemingly prolong, each other in ‘infinite branching graphs’ of decision problems. There is a growing academic literature that investigates digital code and software from a wide range of perspectives –power, subjectivity, governmentality, urban life, surveillance and control, biopolitics or neoliberal capitalism. The various strands in this literature are reflected in the papers (...)
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    Adopting Neuroscience: Parenting and Affective Indeterminacy.Celia Roberts & Adrian Mackenzie - 2017 - Body and Society 23 (3):130-155.
    What happens when neuroscientific knowledges move from laboratories and clinics into therapeutic settings concerned with the care of children? ‘Brain-based parenting’ is a set of discourses and practices emerging at the confluence of attachment theory, neuroscience, psychotherapy and social work. The neuroscientific knowledges involved understand affective states such as fear, anger and intimacy as dynamic patterns of coordination between brain localities, as well as flows of biochemical signals via hormones such as cortisol. Drawing on our own attempts to adopt brain-based (...)
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    Having an Anthropocene Body: Hydrocarbons, Biofuels and Metabolism.Adrian Mackenzie - 2014 - Body and Society 20 (1):3-30.
    What does it mean to have an Anthropocene body? The Anthropocene period is putatively defined by flows of hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon derivatives (fuels, plastics, fertilizers, etc.), and the very term ‘Anthropocene’ suggests an increasing awareness of the finitude and contingency of contemporary corporealities. This article explores the idea of modelling an Anthropocene body as a living/non-living metabolic process. While identifying bodies with molecules raises a host of problems, metabolism and hydrocarbon biomolecules display a gamut of forms of possession and ways (...)
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  8. Contribution to “We Have always Been… Cyborgs,” Review Symposium for Natural Born Cyborgs.Adrian Mackenzie - 2004 - Metascience 13:153-63.
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    Every thing thinks: Sub-representative differences in digital video codecs.Adrian Mackenzie - 2010 - In Casper Bruun Jensen & Kjetil Rødje (eds.), Deleuzian intersections: science, technology, anthropology. New York: Berghahn Books. pp. 139--162.
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    Losing time at the PlayStation: Realtime individuation and the whatever body.Adrian MacKenzie - 2000 - Cultural Values 4 (3):257-278.
    In the ways that they currently link images and bodies, online computer games are not just a new form of commodity. As toys, they also materialise a collective, historical temporality. Disjunctions in the timing and spacing of action in computer game play suggest a different kind of temporality might be involved in the formation of contemporary collectives. These games highlight the role of ‘realtime’ in the constitution of an experience of speed. Through Giorgio Agamben's notion of the whatever body, and (...)
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    Problematising the technological: The object as event?Adrian Mackenzie - 2005 - Social Epistemology 19 (4):381 – 399.
    The paper asks how certain zones of technical practice or technologies come to matter as "the Technological", a way of construing political change in terms of technical innovation and invention. The social construction of technology (SCOT) established that things mediate social relations, and that social practices are constantly needed to maintain the workability of technologies. It also linked the production, representation and use of contemporary technologies to scientific knowledge. However, it did all this at a certain cost. To understand something (...)
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    Super-Critical Technics.Adrian Mackenzie - 1998 - Theory and Event 2 (2).
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    Technical Objects in the Biological Century.Adrian Mackenzie - 2012 - Zeitschrift für Medien- Und Kulturforschung 3 (1):151-168.
    Wie unterscheidet sich ein Betriebssystem wie bspw. Linux von einer Mikrobe? Der Beitrag untersucht, wie technische Objekte im »Jahrhundert der Biologie« aufgefasst werden. Anhand des Werks von Gilbert Simondon wird gefragt, welche Existenzweisen biotechnische Objekte aufweisen. Die Prozesse von Abstraktion und Konkretisierung, die auf dem Feld der Synthetischen Biologie stattfinden, können einen Weg aufweisen, diese Fragen zu beantworten. How does a computer operating system such as Linux differ from a microbe? This paper explores how technical objects are envisaged in the (...)
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    Technical Objects in the Biological Century.Adrian Mackenzie - 2012 - Zeitschrift für Medien- Und Kulturforschung 3 (1):147-164.
    How does a computer operating system such as Linux differ from a microbe? This paper explores how technical objects are envisaged in the »century of biology«. Via the work of Gilbert Simondon, it asks what modes of existence biotechnical objects will display. The processes of abstraction and concretisation taking place in the field of synthetic biology offer one way to address these questions.
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    The Problem of the Attractor.Adrian Mackenzie - 2005 - Theory, Culture and Society 22 (5):45-65.
    Contemporary complexity sciences claim a literal, non-metaphorical applicability to physical, economic, social and cultural events. They envision the development of a general social or historical physics. Conversely, in the social sciences and humanities, complexity sciences have been typically treated as a source of new metaphors or tropes to be used in theory-building. Can there be a critical social or historical physics that is not a world-view and that does not treat science as a source of metaphors? The Lorenz attractor figures (...)
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  16. The problem of the technological: Event and excess relationality.Adrian Mackenzie - 2005 - Social Epistemology 19 (4):381-399.
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    Science.Celia Roberts & Adrian Mackenzie - 2006 - Theory, Culture and Society 23 (2-3):157-163.
    How could social scientists and cultural theorists take responsibility in engaging with science? How might they develop an experimental sensibility to the links between the production of knowledge and the production of existence or forms of life? Critically outlining key fields in the social and cultural studies of science, we interrogate a number of approaches to these questions. The first approach tries to make sense of how science operates in relation to economic, political and cultural forces. The second analyses science (...)
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    Classifying, Constructing, and Identifying Life: Standards as Transformations of “The Biological”. [REVIEW]Brian Wynne, Lawrence Busch, Ruth McNally, Emma K. Frow, Rebecca Ellis, Claire Waterton & Adrian Mackenzie - 2013 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 38 (5):701-722.
    Recent accounts of “the biological” emphasize its thoroughgoing transformation. Accounts of biomedicalization, biotechnology, biopower, biocapital, and bioeconomy tend to agree that twentieth- and twenty-first-century life sciences transform the object of biology, the biological. Amidst so much transformation, we explore attempts to stabilize the biological through standards. We ask: how do standards handle the biological in transformation? Based on ethnographic research, the article discusses three contemporary postgenomic standards that classify, construct, or identify biological forms: the Barcoding of Life Initiative, the BioBricks (...)
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    Book Review: My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts by N. Katherine Hayles Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. [REVIEW]Adrian Mackenzie - 2008 - Theory, Culture and Society 25 (5):145-152.
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    A Miller’s Tale. [REVIEW]David Oldroyd, Phil Dowe, Adrian Mackenzie, Alison Bashford, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Alan Chalmers, I. J. Crozier, John Dargavel, Wendy Riemens & Andrew Dowling - 1997 - Metascience 6 (1):105-184.
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