The word technology comes from Greek, -τέχνη techne, “art, skill, cunning of hand,” combined with -λογία, logia, “knowledge.” Up until the 1930s, the –ology in technology referred to human knowledge, as in other -ologies such as biology. In the word technology, the suffix signifies human knowledge of making machines. After the 1930s, however, the knowledge of making was subsumed into the devices themselves. What at root spoke to human knowledge of processes came to mean devices in which knowledge is embedded. Technology has become something that displaces human abilities—an apparatus where knowledge resides and is instrumentalized, honing out the speculative turn of hand and brain.
My work is a speculative endeavor, one at odds with the elision of human forms of knowing and machinic operations that the very word technology now implies.