Colin Johnson is a PhD. Candidate in Performance Studies, with Designated Emphases in Science and Technology Studies and Critical Theory. Colin’s research, broadly, looks at the long, contingent histories of surveillance in techno-science and their intersection with the knowledge formation and creative activity. In examining contemporary tools and technics for measurement, evaluation and visualization, his work interrogates how daily user repetitions and institutional structures come to embody particular formations of power, political possibility and affective relations.
Colin’s dissertation combines an analysis of the discursive forms of digital life with the everyday, material practices of living facilitated by new media architectures such as videogames, social media and machine to machine technology. In so doing, he theorizes together the technologies of political economy (e.g. platforms), practical connection (e.g. applications) and organizational structures (e.g. grids) that users recursively engage and sustain through the language of “synthetic ecologies.”