Chapter 4: New Materialist Research Strategies

Corina Lerma
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Chapter 4: New Materialist Research Strategies
1 Cultivating new materialist habits for visual rhetorics
1.1 Breaking down destructive binaries that position humans over non human matter
1.1.1 Visual rhetoric "how visual things circulate and acquire power to co-constitute collective life" (86)
2 Principles of new materialist rhetorical approach (86-87)
2.1 Principle of Becoming
2.1.1 open process of mattering and assemblage
2.2 Principle of Transformation
2.2.1 Rhetorical transformation of things as they materialize in different spatiotemporal configurations
2.3 Principle of Consequentiality
2.3.1 consequences that emerge once matter is initially produced
2.4 Principle of Vitality
2.4.1 Ability of things to exert material forces and trigger changes via various assemblages
2.5 Principle of Agency
2.5.1 actancy/dynamic dance enacted by diverse entities intra-acting within and across assemblages
2.6 Principle of Virality
2.6.1 tendency of things to spread quickly and widely
3 Importance: Enables a visualization of how to employ materialist rhetorical approaches to research
4 Research Actions
4.1 Following
4.1.1 Tracing Embracing Uncertainty De-scribing "is a composing act (de-scribing) that entails replying visual actants as networks of mediation in such rich detail that little theoretical explanation is needed to account for how their actions are distributed across" (101) "investigate how a wildly consequential a visual thing is, we cannot help but confront materiality's radical opens and flux no matter how much uncertainty such research creates" (97). "exterior relations so they can disclose the process whereby an image circulates, materializes in different versions, intra-acts with other concrete and abstract entities, and triggers changes" (94).
4.1.2 Discovering why technological systems or inventions fail to material
4.1.3 "how it plays a significant role in generating, sustaining, and influencing the continual assemblage and reassemble of collective existence" (89).
4.2 Accounts for an image's diachronic movement, complex relationally, and distributed materialization and impact.
5 Corina Lerma and Sidouane Patcha Lum
6 Latour
6.1 "actants themselves can make everything, including their own frames, their own theories, their own contexts, their own metaphysics...even their own ontologies" (103).
6.1.1 "If no trace is produced...they offer no information to the observer and will have no visible effect on other agents" (94).
7 Rhetorical Transformation
7.1 Iconographic Tracking
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