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Data, Excrement, Information, Humors: Infrastructural Flows In and Outside of the Body

Chou, Sabrina (2024) Data, Excrement, Information, Humors: Infrastructural Flows In and Outside of the Body. In: In the Burrow: Critical Approaches to Infrastructure, 8-9 March 2024, University of California, Irvine.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Chou, Sabrina

This paper extends an infrastructural study of bodies, sewer pipes, and fiber optic cables. I attend to the varied temporal rhythms of flows of data, excrement, information, and humors, and what complex textures might be read through their imbrication. Beginning in the sewer, I overlap flows of fecal data and digital information to gesture towards an embodied metaphysical conception of data as a vibrant, relational, social substance. I then add a historic layer to these flows by tracing information as a humor based on early modern humoral theories. This study addresses the development from pre- and early modern conceptions of information as the informing of a substance to its modern use as contextless data or knowledge. By overlapping digital, material, and corporeal flows, I reorient the flow of information within a framework that is materially and environmentally embedded, one that might allow us to consider how to reconstitute information in relation to our bodies.

Official Website: https://intheburrow2024.site
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: infrastructure, flows
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 2024
Event Location: University of California, Irvine
Date Deposited: 20 May 2024 09:58
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 09:58
Item ID: 21692
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/21692

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