Jonnet Middleton is a art activist and PhD candidate at Highwire doctoral training centre for radical innovation in the digital economy, Lancaster University. Jonnet has a background in fashion design, prison education, ethnomusicology and Spanish TV presenting. Her PhD is titled ”The Age of Mending: New materialist futures for digital and non-digital things” and the abstract goes like this:
The activist agenda of this practice-based research is to promote discourses of mending in academic communities and to reinvigorate mending practices in everyday life. The research positions mending as a disruptive innovation in the digital economy. It examines how technosocial systems of technologies, artefacts and practices span worlds of different durations, creating tensions between the finiteness of matter, human expectations of infinite growth and the brevity of human visions of the future for which new technologies are shaped. The Age of Mending demands that we consider an expanded view of the future which addresses the speculative arena of deep uncertainty beyond. Taking a posthumanist perspective on things, mending is promoted as a means to enliven human relationships with matter and to promote the qualities of longevity, durability and mendability in post-consumer culture.