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.