This conversation is the first one I recorded for Archipelago (hence the not-so-great quality of the sound, sorry!). In the first part of the discussion, Sarah and I attempt to introduce the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon through his concepts of individuation, allagmatic, milieu, the body as “always more than one.” His work is important to us as Sarah explains because it went from a metaphysics of “being” to one of “becoming,” allowing things not to have an essence, but rather to be involved in the process of their individuation. In the second part of the conversation, I ask questions to Sarah about her activity of bio-hacker that her knowledge of Simondon’s philosophy inform on a daily basis in the democratization of means of bio-molecular modifications in which she is involved. This conversation can be associated — that’s the appropriate word! — to the Funambulist Paper entitled “Of Associated Milieus” written by Sarah and referenced below.
Sarah Choukah is a Montreal-based researcher and doctoral student in the field of communications, at Université de Montréal. Her current fieldwork is situated within participatory and open milieus of cultural exchange, expressed as technologically, socially and biologically informed configurations of the living and the non-living. Sarah draws much of her inspiration from communication and media theories, semiotics, French pragmatic sociology, anthropology, as well as from science and technology studies and philosophy.