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Insect MediaAn Archaeology of Animals and Technology$
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Jussi Parikka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667390

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667390.001.0001

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Animal Ensembles, Robotic Affects

Animal Ensembles, Robotic Affects

Bees, Milieus, and Individuation

(p.121) Five Animal Ensembles, Robotic Affects
Insect Media

Jussi Parikka

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the zoology of communication and cybernetics, as embodied life forms have become the focus of crucial interest for the emerging technologies and discourses of control. Cybernetic zoology relies on the embodied and contextual animality of both machines and nature. The insistence on embodiment that is inherent in the regimes of cybernetics, informatics, and their machines and robots can be further connected to the themes of biopower and the capturing of animal affects in the culture of technical modernity. By looking at bees and milieubound robots, the chapter seeks to answer questions regarding intensity, relations, and individuation as key themes of the early integration of animals and technological entities.

Keywords:   cybernetic zoology, informatics, biopower, animal affects, bees, milieubound robots, individuation

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