Situated Systems (2016) - Georgina Voss, Deb Chachra, Ingrid Burrington, Sherri Wasserman.
We did a lot of writing as part of the Situated Systems project at the Experimental Research Lab at Autodesk’s Pier 9, San Francisco.
The Situated Knowledges zine series drew together material from our community around Pier 9. We explored the relationship that the other artists-in-residence and members of Pier 9 had with the machines in the workshop; talked with Scott Kildall about his artistic practices; discussed archiving and digital materials and physical space with Rick and Megan Prelinger, the founders of the Prelinger Library; and transcribed a work-in-progress talk that we gave the Gray Area festival.
In her essay “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective” (from which these zines took their name), Donna Haraway encourages researchers to recognize that their perspective reflects their specific experiences and identities. This suggests that collaboration and community are a way to situate one’s own knowledge, which is inevitably limited, in a larger context.
We also wrote newsletters - lots of them - figuring out and talking about what we were doing we went along. I wrote about Mare Island Naval Station here, and this is the big wrap up of the project. (But you should read what everyone else wrote too).