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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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Genesis of Form

Genesis of Form

Insect Architecture and Swarms

(p.27) Two Genesis of Form
Insect Media

Jussi Parikka

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on discourse addressing social insects and their architectural creations. This discourse gainined popularity during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. These early discussions perceived natural forces as being organized inherently according to certain singularities, often expressed in terms of mathematics. Insects and other natural phenomena were viewed as mathematicians or mathematically determined and this produced interesting ideas that can be related to contemporary discussions of the evolution, technologies, and culture of technical media. The chapter also presents a materialist analysis of animal behavior that challenges the traditional form of hylomorphism, with insects being shown as capable of nonmeasured swarming—a form of temporality and individuation.

Keywords:   social insects, natural forces, technical media, animal behavior, hylomorphism, swarming

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