Son[i]a #245 Matthew Fuller
- 02:10 The threshold of knowledge has been passed: we have to start working in ways that are collective
- 04:18 Scale, levels of reality, levels of transformation
- 06:45 A very contemporary problem
- 10:05 Water density over large areas of forest
- 11:43 The question of big data and scale
- 16:30 New forms of knowledge and the self: the figure of Chelsea Manning
- 20:50 How do we learn about the world? All knowledge is situated, even the supposedly critic
- 28:18 We are already in the future
- 31:04 Denial of service attack on people's brains: evil media
- 36:20 We spend a third of our lives sleeping
- 41:12 Jonathan Crary
- 41:50 Sleep: rethinking the human
- 43:36 Commodification of sleep
- 44:53 Sleep: an experience that we can not experience
Matthew Fuller is an author and Professor of Digital Media at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London. He works in the fields of media theory, software studies, critical theory, and contemporary fiction.
In this podcast, Fuller begins with a detailed analysis of the notion of scale, not only in an abstract sense, but as a doorway into pressing issues regarding ethics, ecology, technology and post-human practices. Following Fuller’s reasoning, the very idea of scale becomes a fundamentally political question in a context characterized by profound environmental damage. As such, it is a crucial tool to measure and understand the world around us, and to rethink it and our impact on the medium we inhabit.
This subtle shift of the collective point of view is in a sense the backbone of Fuller’s case, and this also applies to his recent work around sleep: “People are conscious in different kinds of ways, at different levels, when they are asleep; but they are also not the classical human subject. So for a third of our life we are not the classical human subject. And this maybe provides a possibility for rethinking the human”.
SON[I]A talks to Matthew Fuller about sleep, procedural imperialism, big data, post-humanity, and what he calls “denial of service attacks on people’s brains”.