MachineMachine is the website of writer/artist Daniel Rourke.
Daniel Rourke is a British born writer/artist currently based in London.
In his work Daniel creates collaborative frameworks and theoretical toolsets for exploring the intersection of digital materiality, the arts, and posthumanism. These frameworks often hinge on speculative elements taken from science fiction and pop culture: fictional figures and fabulations that might offer a glimpse of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities).
His writing, lecturing, and artistic profile is extensive, including work with AND Festival (Peak District, 2017), The V&A (London, 2017), FACT (Liverpool, 2017), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017), Transmediale (Berlin, 2016 + 2017), Tate Modern (London, 2016), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam, 2016 + 2017), Carnegie Mellon’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (Pittsburgh, 2015), DarAlHokoomeh Project (Iran, 2014), Carroll/Fletcher Gallery (London, 2014), The Wellcome Trust (London, 2013), AND Festival (Manchester, 2012), GLI.TC/H Fest (Chicago, 2012), as well as HOLO Magazine, Media-N, Alluvium, and AfterImage Journals. Daniel is also a regular contributor to Rhizome.org and Furtherfield.org.
Portfolio of work
Daniel submitted his PhD in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, in April 2017. The viva examination will take place soon.
The PhD – entitled ‘Figures of Posthuman Becoming‘ – mobilises a series of speculative figures to investigate arenas under which the self-effacement and subsequent renewal of humanism as posthumanism is taking place. It considers not only how radical new technologies are forcing us to redefine the most basic notions of what it is to be embodied, mortal human beings, but more significantly, what it means that the practice of engaging with these technologies co-creates the very paradigms needed to understand them.
In March 2015 artist & activist Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel released The 3D Additivist Manifesto: a call to push technologies beyond their breaking point, into the realm of the provocative and the weird. The project was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research, Berlin. The resulting 3D Additivist Cookbook – composed of the work of over 100 artists, designers and theorists – was published as a free 3DPDF on December 2nd 2016. The 3D Additivist Manifesto and Cookbook are now considered as key critical resources in the teaching of 3D fabrication, speculative design, and digital culture in fablabs, universities, and art institutions around the world.
See additivism.org/news for a detailed list of events
He also lectures Digital Design (BA) at London South Bank University.
The /stream section of this website archives what Daniel reads, writes, watches, thinks, researches, and does as part of an ongoing experiment with aggregation and abundance. You can think of it as an interactive notebook and (extended) portfolio, designed for making connections and going astray. Click. All. The. Things.