Governable Stacks

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Nathan Schneider:

“Governable stacks are cyborg assemblages of inter-operating technology, in symbiosis with human relationships (Haraway 1991; Puar 2012). Those relationships organise power, in partnership with the technology more than through domination over it.

We learn with each other, and we learn with the machines, which take on life of their own – through their own intelligence, or that which we affectionately project onto them… Governable stacks invite the people who use them to change their relationship with technologies, to imagine different sorts of technologies, and to be changed themselves… Governable stacks organise technology that bends with the ungovernable contortions of self-governing life – technology for communities that can be, as Rosa Luxemburg (1904) hoped for, ‘supple as well as firm.”