Neoliberalism, Deliberation and Dissent: Critical Reflections on the ‘Community Activation’ Turn in Ireland’s Community Development Programme – Community Development Journal – article

Neoliberalism, Deliberation and Dissent: Critical Reflections on the ‘Community Activation’ Turn in Ireland’s Community Development Programme

Niamh Gaynor | Community Development Journal

2019-10-26

Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in the field of ‘art-science’ collaborations for their perceived capacity to develop new cultural understandings of technology and science. In this article, and through an engagement with the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon, I argue that if art-science represents an important site for the formation of an alternate technical culture today, then it is because of the new technical mentalities that such practices might cultivate. Here, creating a new technical mentality is more than just a representational concern with enhancing ‘public awareness’ of technology, instead referring to more material transformations in our embodied capacities for perceiving and affectively engaging with technologies. I flesh this potential out through an encounter with work of Art Orienté objet, whose art-science collaborations challenge the anthropocentric and utilitarian mentalities of contemporary bioscience through explorations of the transindividual conditions of human embodiment and its material immersion within nonhuman ecologies.

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