MachineMachine is the website of writer/artist and academic Daniel Rourke.

Dr. Daniel Rourke is originally from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and lives and works in London.

In his work Daniel creates collaborative frameworks and theoretical toolsets for exploring the intersections of digital materiality, the arts, and (critical) post-humanism. These frameworks often hinge on speculative elements taken from fiction and pop culture: figures and fabulations that might offer a glimpse of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities). Daniel’s work asks what remains of art as act, to fragment and disperse the future.

His writing, lecturing, and artistic profile is extensive, including work with Arebyte Gallery (London + online, 2018) PICNIC Brasil (Rio, 2018), Photographer’s Gallery (London 2018), Walk&Talk Azores (São Miguel, 2018), 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 contributor to Rhizome.org and Furtherfield.org.

Portfolio of work

Daniel completed his PhD in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.

His PhD – entitled ‘The Practice of Posthumanism‘ – mobilises a series of speculative figures to investigate arenas under which the self-effacement and subsequent renewal of humanism as post-humanism is taking place.



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, at Transmediale Berlin. The resulting 3D Additivist Cookbook – composed of the work of over 100 artists, designers and theorists – was published as a free 3D-PDF in 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

Academic Career
Dr. Daniel Rourke is lecturer and co-convener of the MA in Digital Media at Goldsmiths, University of London, in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies.

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.