Whitney Stark

An apparatus is a technology, structure or medium through which legibility or the measurement of a property is enabled. It is, however, not objective or neutral. It influences measurements in ways that the apparatus itself cannot detect; it is a part of the objects it enables as legible. When apparatuses shift, they can change history across spacetime (quantum erasure). Apparatuses are not only what has been traditionally understood as the mechanical parts of a system of measurement (Barad, 1998, p. 101-2). They include systems of thinking, objects, spatio-temporal properties, people and more-than-people; they are extremely localized. Apparatuses are phenomena.

Synonym: situated knowledge, making legible, structural operations, systematic understanding, medium, measurer, technology, definition-maker
Antonym: objectivity
Hypernym: understanding, technology, system, epistemology
Hyponym: language, theory, experiment machine, teleology, Cartesian sciences, ‘us’

Barad, K. (1998). "Getting Real: Technoscientific Practices and the Materialization of Reality." Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, no. 10 (2), pp. 87-128.

COST Action IS1307 New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter'.

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Genealogies of New Materialisms; examines and intervenes in canonization processes by compiling a web-based bibliography, coordinating the OST 068/13 8 EN... Read more

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New Materialisms on the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences; seeks to develop new materialisms at the boundaries of the human and natural sciences. The group focuses on how European new materialisms can rework the ‘Two Cultures' gap... Read more

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New Materialisms Embracing the Creative Arts; brings together European researchers, artists, museum professionals, and other activists with a keen interest in the material... Read more

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New Materialisms Tackling Economical and Identity – Political Crises and Organizational Experiments... Read more


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