╰( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )つ──☆*:・゚a community of those orbiting tech + tools begins…

On a November evening in 2017, a diverse group of thinkers and practitioners braved the cold to meet for the first time at the Sussex Humanities Lab in Brighton. Their reason? The launch of Techne — a new meet-up series for those whose work explores tools, machines and the digital, bringing together disparate departments and projects across the university and neighbouring institutions. After a warm evening of new connections, both electronic and embodied, a community was born.

To introduce themselves to the group, participants were asked to transform the immaterial into the material by bringing along an object that represented…


Over the last decade or so, there has been growing debate around relationships between digital technologies and the ways we think. As a “result” of our coded-co-inhabitants, concerns have circulated net-wide about the decaying abilities of the human brain in relation to artificial intelligence. In this so-called “humans vs robots” world, media rhetoric would have us believe that the robots are winning this round.

“Is Google making us stupid?’, Nicholas Carr asked Atlantic readers in 2008. The much-coifed search algorithm, he argued, was “tinkering” with his ability to retain mental information and concentrate on literary texts for sustained periods of…


After I read Orwell’s dystopian classic, the following weeks were haunted by the words in its pages. Everywhere I looked, it seemed as though his musings from sixty-or-so years ago were correct. Surveillance was inhabiting every street corner, the devices in our pockets, and even our own minds, as we were becoming increasingly instructed to ‘report any suspicious behaviour’ by disembodied voices in train stations and airports.

Things have only gone from bad to worse. Over the last year, we have witnessed the passing of the so-called ‘Snoopers Charter’ in the UK, which has been said to be one of…


I have started to notice that almost every time I leave my house these days, I come across a new marketing display crammed full of the new “in” thing: ‘mindfulness colouring books for grown-ups’. I grumbled to myself as I stumbled upon a particular title a few days ago: The Mindless Violence Colouring Book from Modern Toss. “Perhaps this a bit more representative of how everyone’s feeling right now”, I’d thought cynically.

Earlier in the week, I’d been scrolling through Facebook to find a series of personalised ads telling me to subscribe to online counselling, or to buy a new…

Emma Harrison

Writing up a PhD thesis @SussexHumsLab: on the economisation of everything. ___〆(・∀・)

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