ANDRÉS SALAS

I am a Concordia University humanities PhD candidate. My work lies at the intersection of studies of extraction, critical design, and alternative epistemologies. By exploring the modes in which emerging technologies influence and are influenced by cultural networks and vital ecosystems, my research-creation practice aims to make visible the ways wherein extraction modulates existence. I follow the case for niobium (Nb), a strategic mineral unique for its place in developing new technologies for particle accelerators and Artificial Itelligence technologies. By situating particle physics experiments within the material practices that allow them, I question the representations of the future that legitimate the development of new scientific inventions, and the processes through which scientific knowledge is created. My research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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