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Research project:

Articulating Novelty in Science and Art – A Technography of Two Objects

My dissertation is a comparative study of two objects. One object is a robotic hand, which is made from silicon, and the other object is a media installation, which generates a moving image based on changes in the Earth’s magnetic field. Over the course of approximately two years, I encountered both objects’ becoming through various situations. I visited experiments in the studio and laboratory, followed mundane tinkering practices, recurrently conducted interviews, went to robotics conferences and art exhibitions, and analyzed discursive documents such as research papers and exhibition catalogues.  My main research question is: what is novelty in the becoming of technological objects and how does it become part of a shared reality? I regard novelty as a temporal articulation that connects narratives, materialities and situated practices as to create a sense of unity among otherwise separated elements. My results show how ideas create coherence among loose elements like past events, shared imaginaries, and prototypes as to enact not-yet-realized objects; how technically realized objects become effective within hybrid constellations; and how the new becomes valorized by the science and art community. All these different articulations share the tension between individuating and relating an object, between becoming one and becoming one of the many, which is the significant tension for how objects become novelty.

Publications:

Peer reviewed articles

Stubbe, J. (2016): Material Practice as a Form of Critique. In: Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal - IxD&A (30): 30–46. Full Text

Stubbe, J. (2015): Comparative Heuristics from an STS Perspective. Inquiring "Novelty" in Material Practice. In: Historical Social Research, Vol. 40 (3), p. 109-129. Full Text 

Working papers and proceedings

Stubbe, J. und M. Töppel (2012) (Hrsg.): Muster und Verläufe der Mensch-Technik-Interaktivität. Technical University Technology Studies Working Papers TUTS-WP-2-2012, Berlin.

Töppel, M., Stubbe, J., Schmidt, S. und W. Rammert (2011): Technikgenerationen in der Mensch-Technik-Interaktion. In: Tagungsband der 9. Berliner Werkstatt Mensch-Maschine-Systeme. Reflexionen und Visionen der Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion - Aus der Vergangenheit lernen, Zukunft gestalten. VDI Verlag Berlin, S. 240-245.

Schmidt, S., Engelbrecht, K.-P., Schulz, M., Meister, M., Stubbe, J., Töppel, M. und S. Möller. (2010): Identification of interactivity sequences in interactions with spoken dialog systems. In: Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Perceptual Quality of Systems (PQS), September 6-8 2010, Bautzen, Germany. Dresden University of Technology. S. 109-114.

Schmidt, S., Schulz, M., Meister, M., Stubbe, J., Töppel, M., Engelbrecht, K.-P., und S. Möller. (2010): Identifikation von Interaktivitätsmustern zur regelbasierten Usability-Evaluierung von Sprachdialogsystemen. In: Proceedings of The 21st Conference on Electronic Speech Signal Processing, September 8-10 2010, Berlin, Germany. Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation Band 58. TUD Press, Dresden.

Gareis, Karsten und J. Stubbe (2010): Community and Family. In: Universität Siegen et al. (eds): Study on the Social Impact of ICT. European Commission, Brussels.

Stubbe, J. (2009): Soziales Kapital und Internet. Die Rolle des Internets bei der Bildung und Nutzung von sozialem Kapital im Kontext von Migration. VDM Verlag, Saarbrücken.

Selected presentations:

"Technologies in Art and Science – Two Modes of Reflexivity", Conference of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, Denver, CO, 11-14 November 2015.

with Ralf Baecker,"Zeichen – Körper – Instrument: Über das Entstehen technologischer Artefakte", Talk at the Salon für Ästhetische Experimente of the UdK Berlin, 14. September 2015.

„Interactional Transitions: Scientists, Test-Persons and Artefacts in the Lab". Talk at the 4S / EASST Conference 2012, Open Panel 83: „Studio Studies & Creative Production", 18. October 2012 in Kopenhagen.

„In Interaktion mit Artefakten. Mensch-Technik-Interaktivität als empirischer Gegenstand der Soziologie“. Lecture in the lecture series Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion WS 2011/12, 14. December 2011 at the TU Cottbus.

„Das Internet und die Bildung sozialen Kapitals junger Migranten“. Talk at the conference of the section Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung

„Die Web-2.0-Gesellschaft: Transnationale Vergemeinschaftung im Internet“ at the DGS-conference 2010, 15. October 2010, Frankfurt/Main.

„Using Video Data for Reconstructing Practices of Man-Machine-Interactivity”. Talk at the ESA Research Network Midterm Conference 2010 “Qualitative Research on and with New Technology”, 21. September 2010, Bayreuth.

„Using Video Data for Reconstructing Practices of Man-Machine-Interactivity”. Talk at the EASST Conference 2010, Track 10: Video & STS: Methodologies and Methods, 03. September 2010, Trento.

„The Internet and Social Capital: The Case of Young Migrants”. Talk at the ICMPD International Workshop ‘ICT and Migrations: Mobility and Cohesion in the Digital Age’, 25. September 2009, Vienna.

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