chapter  9
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Memory in Technoscience

Biomedia and the wettability of mnemonic relations
WithMatthew Allen

This chapter explores how, in contexts of technoscience, memory vacillates between biotic systems and communication devices. Adopting a media ecology perspective, I identify how the entry of media techniques and diverse mediatic forms into technoscientific worlds effect mutational fields in mnemonic relations. The discussion receives its empirical grounding through a media archaeology of the intermedial mnemonic relations affected by a media technique called electrowetting. I argue that studying the intermediality of memory in technoscience demands a departure from a prevailing anthropic-logocentric view on media and memory. In turn this will enhance capacities for explaining how emerging media technologies transform memory through novel configurations of bios and techne.