“.. the ‘modern’ kind of experimentation has been contrasted with ‘post-modern’ forms of experiment. The former, it is argued, relied on clear-cut separations between laboratory and society, facts and values, nature and culture. In contrast, the latter manifests itself as a “socio-technological experiment” (Latour) with no boundaries, ‘carried out in real time and in the scale of 1:1,’ thus retrospectively changing our perspective on the seemingly modern form of experiment.”
Introduction to ‘The Shape of Experiment’ by Hans Jorg Rheinberger of the Max Planck Institute, examining Mirko Grmek and the material logic of experiments.
Our approach to experimentality is shaped by the conceptual development of relations between forms of knowledge; from the specifics of a scientific rationale developed, to the material shape, systems and structures of experiments, including experimental representations and their role in culture and the public/social imagination.