Bernard Stiegler, Gilbert Simondon, Science as Culture

A Plea for Technological Activism? (review article online)

My review article of a recent book on the European technological border regime has just been published online in Science as Culture. You can download the full text here.

The argument mainly consists of using Gilbert Simondon’s (and Bernard Stiegler’s) insights on the ‘perfect machine’ – on which the former elaborates in for instance his seminal On the Modes of Existence of Technical Objects – and combining it with the idea that technologies cannot be and are never exhausted by their political telos. That is to say that technology cannot be reduced to a means, but must be conceptualized in terms of having a specific dynamic of its own that – subsequently – can be given a political function or, as I argue, can be made into a site of contestation.