By Anna Munster
This present day virtually each element of existence for which info exists should be rendered as a community. monetary info, social networks, organic ecologies: all are visualized in hyperlinks and nodes, strains connecting dots. A community visualization of a company infrastructure may perhaps glance remarkably just like that of a 17 November. In An Aesthesia of Networks, Anna Munster argues that this uniformity has flattened our adventure of networks as lively and relational strategies and assemblages. She counters the “network anaesthesia” that effects from this pervasive mimesis via reinserting the query of expertise, or aesthesia, into networked tradition and aesthetics.
Rather than asking how people event pcs and networks, Munster asks how networks experience—what operations they practice and suffer to alter and convey new varieties of event. Drawing on William James’s radical empiricism, she asserts that networked adventure is assembled firstly via family members, which make up its so much instantly sensed and perceived point. Munster seriously considers quite a number modern inventive and cultural practices that have interaction with community applied sciences and methods, together with databases and information mining, the domination of seek in on-line task, and the proliferation of viral media via YouTube. those practices—from artists who “undermine” facts to musicians and VJs who use intranetworked audio and video software program environments—are serious about the relationality on the middle of today’s community event.
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Aesthetic forms such as representational images of networks or “mosaic plots” or arrayed formations of crowds comprise part of our contemporary network dispositif, our “network condition” (Munster, 2009: 4). Tiziana Terranova sees the emergence of network science, responsible for the proliferation of, especially, the ubiquitous maps of networks, as a powerful element of this dispositif’s discourses and sets of scientific statements (2007). According to Terranova, the key mechanisms of this dispositif are security and the market.
For example: “The paper seen and seeing of it are only two names for one indivisible fact which, properly named, is the datum, the phenomenon, or the experience. The paper is in the mind and the mind is around the paper, because paper and mind are only two names that are given later to the one experience, when, taken in a larger world of which it forms a part, its connections are traced in different directions” (James, 1977: 156–157). 4 Diagram from “The Knowing of Things Together,” William James, originally published in Psychological Review 2 (1895).
The consistency of resemblance between map and territory lies not with cause but rather in the event of their overlay—an asignifying semiosis of relays between difference and resonance that generates a new relational plane of consistency. The place on the map and the place on the island recursively relate (to) each other, creating a looping topology that describes not simply the nature of the map or the island but generates the “event” of relationality in and through which map and land constitute a field.