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Handout12 Bateson Asilomar

Handout12 Bateson Asilomar

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Handout: King,
 Among transcontextual feminisms we grow boundary objects
talk website: http://femcontext.blogspot.com/
 for “An Ecology of Ideas,” joint conference of the American Society for Cybernetics and the Bateson Idea Group, Asilomar, California, 11 July 2012Katie King, Professor of the Women's Studies department & program, University of Maryland, College Park / Email: katking@umd.eduHome Page: http://katiekin.weebly.com/ ; follow on twitter @katkingumd
• “People often cannot see what they take for granted until they encounter someone who does not take it for granted.” (Bowker andStar 1999: 305)
 Being inside and moved around literally by the very material and conceptual structures you are analyzing and writing about is a kind of self-consciousness only partially available for explicit discussion.
And so we find ourselves in the midst of an emerging posthumanities, where humans are only some of the agencies self-organizing in altering systems of things, people and worldly processes. Writing obliquely now is often a necessity for describing research into these alterations – because moving amongknowledges technically detailed also necessitates telescoping out to engage infrastructures in their layered accretions. Such doubled,transdisciplinary consciousness is not an obstinate refusal to be specific or propose something in particular. Instead, out of theseenlivened sensitivities, saying what counts as, say, using writing technologies has to be oblique – that is to say, has to diverge perpendicularly, across the normative. Such analysis works performatively, as both a demonstration of the very sensations of cognitionand a simulation of and for, in this case, writing technologies. My new book,
 Networked Reenactments
(King 2011) works todemonstrate transdisciplinary movements since the nineties across a range of writing technologies, as knowledge workings themselves become embedded within culture industries and transnational educational restructuring projects.
: How to be an agent among the complex worldly processes humans are not the controllers of, but bits within; studies of emergence and self-organization. These are some of the EMBEDDED REALITIES across transmedia storytelling:
"Academic practices of all kinds are now also enlisted as kinds of transmedia storytelling. I call these Queer Transdisciplinarities, but not ina move to enlist them in identity politics, although sometimes they very explicitly and quite properly are, inside my ownfeminist fields of interest and attention. Rather, my point in naming them thus is to watch them ‘queer the pitch’: they require usto attend to, to learn to be affected by, the political economies of knowledge worlds, to how interlinked now are the economiesof entertainment, knowledge laborings, globally restructured academies, governmentalities, and the infrastructures of communication." (King 2011, “Queering the Pitch.”)
What is transmedia?
Deep media, persistent narrative, immersive storytelling, transmedia: right now, we are experiencing a momentof radical technological change, with seismic shifts in the way that entertainment is conceived, produced and distributed. …Accordingto Henry Jenkins, author of …
Convergence Culture:
Transmedia storytelling is storytelling by a number of decentralized authors who share and create content for distribution across multiple forms of media. Transmedia immerses an audience in a story’s universethrough a number of dispersed entry points, providing a comprehensive and coordinated experience of a complex story.”
(Gomez2009; Jenkins 2006) Entertainment, knowledge work & instrumentation, globalacademies mutually restructure, intertwining and constituting ecologies.
Leigh Star refers to Gregory Bateson when she reflects on the origins of the conceptof a boundary object: “As I delved deeper into the relations between developers andusers, it became clear that a kind of communicative tangle was occurring. I used thework of Gregory Bateson, who had studied these sorts of communicative mishapsunder the heading of ‘double binds.’ As with Bateson’s work on schizophrenics,and what he called ‘the transcontextual syndrome,’ the messages that were comingat level one from the systems developers were not being heard on that level by theusers and vice versa. What was obvious to one was a mystery to another. What wastrivial to one was a barrier to another. Yet, clarifying this was never easy. The usersliked the interface when they were sat in front of it. Yet, they did not know how tomake a reliable working infrastructure out of it. They would ask the … team, who
– the pattern that connects you to a living creature
– a pattern through time
– that is, the pattern that connects, the pattern of patterns
– a knot of connectedness we call relevance(Bateson 1979: 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17)How we know anything, Bateson famously said, means that in “the pronoun we, I of course included the starfish and the redwood forest, the segmenting egg, and theSenate of the United States.” (Bateson 1979: 4)

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