Terms and Concepts

Wirelessness

the phenomenon of ‘wirelessness’ as defined by Adrian Mackenzie in his book by the same name (Mackenzie 2010)⁠. According to Mackenzie, wirelessness is “a sensibility attuned to a proliferating ethos of gadgets, services, opportunities, and enterprises that transmit and receive information via radio waves using Internet-style network protocols” (2010, p. 29)⁠ . One of the important things Mackenzie recognizes in our experience of wirelessness is that “People attune themselves to signal availability and signal strength as they move around the world” (2010, p. 12).

Architecturality

a property of architecture which can be found beyond built artefacts and urban spaces. Different from the adjective ‘architectural’, ‘architecturality’ expresses a state or condition. It is used to evaluate the potential of affecting the experience of space in a significant way. Architecturality is in a direct link with performativity of architecture.

Performativity

performativity is understood in its broadest sense, as action residing in objects, structures, infrastructures. The ongoing critique of representations and constructivist world view challenges the positioning of materiality as either a given or a mere effect of human agency. Performative is opposite of representational but it is also different from performance. For example, in the work of Koolhaas and Tschumi, performance and event invert the additive process of design (McGaw, 2009) into a process of ‘carving’ (Tschumi, 1983) – architecture is thus seen as an ‘envelope’ but not as an actively performing entity. On the other hand, “performative” denotes a potential for action, focusing on experience. Or as the philosopher and gender theorist Judith Buttler distinguished, performance presumes a subject, some-body performing; while performativity contests the very notion of the subject – it exists in action, it is made through discourse. (Smitheram, 2011)

Agency

agency is a property and potential of things to impact other things. As discussed at length in the thesis, agency does not require consciousness and is not limited to humans or living beings. Although the discourse on non-human agency has been often (miss)used as a proof for existence of Artificial Intelligence, it is a powerful concept that primarily acts as “a conceptual currency across different sub-disciplines” (Barandiaran, Di Paolo, & Rohde, 2009) – an intellectual interdisciplinary glue. It is useful when evaluating the potential of things to affect the experience of space.

Post-humanist

As much as is it difficult to define or describe the scope of posthumanism, what is the most significant about it is the intellectual effort to dis-acknowledge common anthropocentric world view

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