Blog Post 7 – Makey Make

Yesterday’s class is the inspiration for this post. During our allotted time, our group experimented with playing a song using sounds downloaded from the internet and bottles. At the time, I thought it was a great activity and a successful cyborg. Myself, for example, was able to play the drums to my beat without actually knowing how to play the instrument. It wasn’t until afterwards that I thought our group or any group may not have touched a boundary object.

Thinking back to the Cyborg Manifesto, Donna Haraway examines how boundaries of human/nonhumans, humans/animals, physical/nonphysical, humans/machines are crossed. Other than being a human and using a machine, I can’t help to think that my group specifically didn’t cross any boundary object. Rather, we just played music using bottles.

I wonder if, given more time, we could have actually crossed a boundary object. Using the “makey makes” what would this have looked like? What should we have done differently? We were given such a powerful system and I feel as though we didn’t make the most of it.

One thought on “Blog Post 7 – Makey Make

  1. I agree, I would have liked to brainstorm about boundary objects prior to the experiment. I feel like had I fully understood the process of the Makey Makeys or exactly how they functioned, I could have been better prepared in class. It would have been interesting to take something more gendered than fruit, which is what my group used, and transform that into something that blurred the gender binary. The group that used the doll came closest to challenging the gender binary with their connection of a feminine gendered object, the doll, with a male gendered object, the technology. I think it would have been interesting to do the same thing with kitchen supplies, power tools, or something more gendered that still conducts electricity.

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