MachineMachine is the website and archive of writer/artist Daniel Rourke.

In his work Daniel exploits speculative and science fiction in search of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities), including extensive research on the intersection between digital materiality, the arts, and posthumanism. In his artistic practice Daniel devises and creates collaborative platforms that promote open and critical discourse on the topics of media theory and posthumanism.

Portfolio of work

I submitted my PhD in Art at Goldsmiths in April 2017. The viva examination will take place soon.

In my PhD – entitled ‘Figures of Posthuman Becoming‘ – I mobilise a series of speculative figures, taken from fiction, to investigate arenas under which the self-effacement and subsequent renewal of humanism as post-humanism is taking place. I consider not only how radical new technologies are forcing us to redefine the most basic notions of what it is to be embodied, mortal human beings, but more significantly, what it means that the practice of engaging with these technologies co-creates the very paradigms needed to understand them.

CV and Research outline (at academia.edu)

In March 2015 artist & activist Morehshin Allahyari and I released The 3D Additivist Manifesto: a call to push technologies beyond their breaking point, into the realm of the provocative and the weird. The project was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research, Berlin. The resulting 3D Additivist Cookbook – composed of the work of over 100 artists, designers and theorists – was published as a free 3DPDF on December 2nd 2016. The 3D Additivist Manifesto and Cookbook have since become seminal critical resources in the teaching of 3D fabrication, speculative design, and digital cultures in fablabs, universities, and art institutions around the world.

See additivism.org/news for detailed list of events

Writing and Art Practice
My writing, lecturing, and artistic profile is extensive, including work with FACT (Liverpool, 2017), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017), Transmediale (Berlin, 2016 + 2017), Tate Modern (London, 2016), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam, 2016 + 2017), Carnegie Mellon’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (Pittsburgh, 2015), DarAlHokoomeh Project (Iran, 2014), Carroll/Fletcher Gallery (London, 2014), The Wellcome Trust (London, 2013), AND Festival (Manchester, 2012), GLI.TC/H Fest (Chicago, 2012), as well as HOLO Magazine, Media-N, Alluvium, and AfterImage Journals. I am also a regular contributor to Rhizome.org and Furtherfield.org.

I am lecturer in Digital Design at London South Bank University, and associate lecturer in Digital Media Arts at the University of Brighton.

The /stream section of this website archives what I read, write, watch, think, research, and do as part of an ongoing experiment with aggregation and abundance. You can think of it as an interactive notebook and (extendedportfolio, designed for making connections and going astray. Click. All. The. Things.