The research project consisted of an artistically grounded and theoretically engaged exploration of the material dimensions of digital technologies by tracing a new digital materialism that includes infrastructures as core intra-active agencies that act on the tension between distinction and convergence of matter. Drawing on the definition of materiality as entanglements (Barad, 2007), as well as an abstract and historical account of the distinction between the analog and the digital within cybernetic theory, the research enacted a series of experiments that aimed to interrogate the issues of digitality from an ontological standpoint and problematize the tropes of its dichotomous tension between matter and information within a contemporary neoliberal condition.
How might sites of mining and land extraction be critically evaluated from within the black boxes of contemporary digital technologies? How is raw, untamed matter domesticated by the action of digital machines? Could digital machines be "short-circuited" to their sites of extraction in order to expose their entangled mechanisms of segmentation of matter, bodies, labor, and landscapes? How might an artistic framing and enactment of such thinking offer an escape from the habitual infrastructures of extraction and outsourcing that underlie neoliberal economies? The research explored the act of recognition as a core habitual mechanism that segments matter into discrete entities through the tension between the processes of reading and writing between matter and value.