::fibreculture:: New Issue of the Fibreculture Journal—Issue 25—Apps and Affect

Andrew Murphie andrew.murphie at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 18:00:22 CET 2015

We are delighted to announce the publication of Issue 25—Apps and Affect.
This is issue was edited by Svitlana Matviyenko, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy,
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, and, from the journal's side, Andrew

You can read online, or download individual or issue pdfs or epubs here:


FCJ-179 On Governance, Blackboxing, Measure, Body, Affect and Apps: A
conversation with Patricia Ticineto Clough and Alexander R.
Galloway—Svitlana Matviyenko, Patricia Ticineto Clough & Alexander R

FCJ-180 ‘Spotify Has Added an Event to Your Past’: (Re)writing the Self
through Facebook’s Autoposting Apps—Tanya Kant

FCJ-181 There’s a History for That: Apps and Mundane Software as
Commodity—Jeremy Wade Morris and Evan Elkins

FCJ-182 Middlebroware—Frédérik Lesage

FCJ-183 iHootenanny: A Folk Archeology of Social Media—Henry Adam Svec

FCJ-184 Interpassive User: Complicity and the Returns of
Cybernetics—Svitlana Matviyenko

FCJ-185 An Algorithmic Agartha: Post-App Approaches to Synarchic
Regulation—Dan Mellamphy and Nandita Biswas Mellamphy

FCJ-186 Hack for good: Speculative labour, app development and the burden
of austerity—Melissa Gregg

FCJ-187 The Droning of Experience—Mark Andrejevic

This issue of the Fibreculture Journal explores a moment along this
hypothetical trajectory by investigating the contemporary intersection of
‘Apps and Affect’, publishing papers from a conference of that name
organised in October 2013 by faculty and students at Western University
(specifically from its Faculty of Information and Media Studies and Center
for the Study of Theory and Criticism). By recognising apps as objects that
are related to the constitution of subjects, as a component of biopolitical
assemblages, and as a means of digital production and consumption, our
conference aimed to make an intervention in what had – since the
announcements of the App-Store and the iPhone3 in 2008 – been a largely
technical and rather technophiliac public discussion of apps.

Isn’t it paradoxical, we asked, that instead of becoming ‘transparent’ and
‘invisible’ – as envisioned by the thinkers of ubiquitous computing decades
ago – the app-ecosystem manifests itself as permanent excess: excessive
downloads, excessive connections, excessive proximity, excessive
‘friends’-qua-‘contacts’, excessive speeds and excessive amounts of
information? How does the app as ‘technique’ (Tenner), indeed as ‘cultural
technique’ (Siegert) and as ‘technics’ (Stiegler), channel our ways of
maintaining relations with/in the media environment? Do the specific and
circumscribed operations of individual applications foster or foreclose
what media theorists call the transformative and transductive potential of
collective technological individuation (Simondon)? How might we think about
the social, political and technical implications of this movement away from
open-ended networks like the internet towards specific, focused, and
individualised modes of computing? Do apps represent ‘a new reticular
condition of trans-individuation grammatising new forms of social
relations’ (Stiegler) or do they signal instead the triumph of ‘regulatory’
networks over ‘generative’ ones (Zittrain)? If apps are micro-programs
residing by the hundreds and thousands on cell-phones, mobile-devices and
tablets, and affects are corporeal excitements (and depressions) running
beneath and beyond cognition, what is the relation of apps to affects?

—the Editors


"A traveller, who has lost his way, should not ask, Where am I? What he
really wants to know is, Where are the other places" - Alfred North

Andrew Murphie - Associate Professor
School of the Arts and Media,
University of New South Wales,
Sydney, Australia, 2052

Editor - The Fibreculture Journal http://fibreculturejournal.org/>
web: http://www.andrewmurphie.org/ <http://dynamicmedianetwork.org/>

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