Author Archive | Fernando Domiguez Rubio

Pic Nic the Street: public spaces and the materials of the body politk

In a previous post we already discussed the ‘ergonomics of public and political life’, which we defined as the various ways in which our bodies ‘fit’ in the material environments that we inhabit and about how this ‘fitting’ shapes the quality of public and political life.

The post was a way of signaling the increasing precariousness of urban public spaces and how they enable or diable the constitution of effective political bodies.

Well, it seems that we are not alone in this .

A couple of weeks ago, the philosopher Philippe Van Parijs published this opinion piece in which he denounced the increasing pauperization of public spaces in Brussels; their reckless marketization; the dictatorship of the car; and the need to reclaim them back.…

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CFP: 2012 – Audible Observatories

Ethnographic Terminalia seeks submissions for Audible Observatories, an exhibition to be held in San Francisco in November 2012.  Artist-researchers, collaborators, anthropologists and other artistically inclined scholars are encouraged to submit their proposals prior to July 15, 2012. 

Audible Observatories makes a playful connection between research-based art and place-bound exhibition in order to animate a curatorial vision that foregrounds audio-centric works within a broader rubric of site-specificity. We conceptualize the audible observatory as either a mobile or a stationary site of perception that is sensible to others just as it is a place from which sensing the world happens.  Audible observatories are points of sensory convergence.  They are nodes where worlds perceived through the senses intersect and begin the labour of transforming independent events into knowable and meaningful claims.  …

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Quiet and invisible materialities

One of the most common side-effects of the pervasive tendency to equate the material with the visual–with the things that we see– is that we often leave unexplored all those invisible materialities that quietly make posible our daily lives. Just think of air, light…or WIFI:

Press here to see more about this wonderful project.


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Reading Artifacts Summer Institute 2012

Discover alternative historical perspectives and methods in the midst of Canada’s largest collection in science, medicine and technology. Our annual artifact sessions in the CSTM storage facility bring together Canadian and international scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum. Participants immerse themselves in our collections gaining renewed appreciation for artifacts and the multiple, unpredictable stories they tell.

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A reference library for new materials

I just wanted to bring your attention to the website of this company (, which may be of interest to some of you.
When I first stumbled upon it, it took me a good while to understand what this was all about. After some time, I realized what the company offers is consultancy about materials. The interesting thing is that they have created a huge database where you can browse through all the new materials that are being created. The best thing is that they also have a physical library where you can browse through the “physical references” of all those materials.
Hope you enjoy it!
PS: You can also sign up for their monthly newsletter, which sends you update with new materials.…

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CFP: Material Culture in Philadelphia: the Vernacular to the Spectacular

The Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts & Landscapes (PAS: APAL) will hold its 44th annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 26-29, 2012. The meeting will be held in downtown Philadelphia at Loews Hotel, housed in the historic 1932 Philadelphia Saving Fund Society skyscraper.

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Artifacts, Openness and Digital Practice in Design Collaboration

We invite you to submit a short paper to participate in a discussion on “Artifacts, Openness and Digital Practice in Design Collaboration” at the 28th EGOS Colloquium 2012. The conference, organized around the theme of ‘Design!?’, will take place at the Aalto University and Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland from July 5-7, 2012.

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CFP: Knowledge in a Box

We invite proposals from scholars in the history of science, technology, and medicine, science and technology studies, the humanities, visual and performing arts, museum and cultural studies and other related disciplines for a workshop on the uses and meanings of mundane things such as boxes, packages, bottles, and vials in shaping knowledge production. In keeping with the conference theme, we are asking contributors to include specific references to the ways in which boxes have played a role—commercial, epistemic or otherwise—in their own particular disciplinary frameworks.

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CFP: Indigenous Interfaces

Seeking scholars, activists, artists, performers and educators for Indigenous Interfaces, a day-long symposium exploring the interactions, representations, connections, and coordinations concerning Indigenous peoples and issues. We welcome panels, papers, performances, readings, artistic work, artist talks, roundtables, workshops, and other forms of presentation.

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