A new Mattering Press book: Energy Babble

Mattering Press is excited to announce the publication of Energy Babble, by Andy Boucher, Bill Gaver, Tobie Kerridge, Mike Michael, Liliana Ovalle, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, and Alex Wilkie. The book tells the story of a set of computational devices called Energy Babbles. The product of a collaboration between designers and STS researchers, Energy Babbles are like automated talk radios obsessed with... Read more

Launching the Ethnographic Case

Mattering Press is very happy to announce the launch of a new, experimental, Open Access book: The Ethnographic Case, edited by Emily Yates-Doerr and Christine Labuski. The interactive launch will take place at the Displacements virtual conference, the 2018 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology. The conference runs from April 19th to April 21st 2018. Throughout... Read more

Modes of Knowing

Resources from the Baroque

Edited by John Law, Evelyn Ruppert

How might we think differently? This book is an attempt to respond to this question. Its contributors are all interested in non-standard modes of knowing. They are all more or less uneasy with the restrictions or the agendas implied by academic modes of knowing, and they have chosen to do this by working with, through, or against one important Western alternative — that of the baroque. ...Read more

Practising Comparison

Logics, Relations, Collaborations

Edited by Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim, Zuzana Hrdličková

This book compares things, objects, concepts, and ideas. It is also about the practical acts of doing comparison. Comparison is not something that exists in the world, but a particular kind of activity. Agents of various kinds compare by placing things next to one another, by using software programs and other tools, and by simply looking in certain ways. Comparing like this is an everyday...Read more

Imagining Classrooms

Stories of Children, Teaching, and Ethnography

Vicki Macknight

In this book we go to five Australian classrooms, bustling with nine- and ten-year-old children. In each classroom, imaginations are being done, not just in minds, but with bodies too, using materials and words, laughter and ideas. Each classroom is part of a different type of school: a Waldorf/Steiner school, an exclusive private school, a middle-class government school, a diverse catholic school,...Read more

On Curiosity

The Art of Market Seduction

Frank Cochoy

What draws us towards a shop window display? What drives us to grab a special offer, to enter the privileged circle of premium newspaper subscribers, to peruse the pages of an enticing magazine? Without doubt, it is curiosity — that essential force of everyday action which invites us to break from our habits and to become transported beyond our very selves.Curiosity (whether healthy or unhealthy)...Read more