giovedì 20 giugno 2013

Affective Virality + First Bezna Congress (Tony Sampson and Luciana Parisi) @ Bucharest, Romania, 22 - 29 June 2013

Affective Virality + First Bezna Congress
(Tony Sampson and Luciana Parisi first time in Bucharest)
The National Dance Center (CNDB) hosts between 22 – 29 Jun the series of events Affective Virality + First Bezna Congress

Detailed information below:
- workshop with Tony Sampson – Virality, Chaos and the Brain  - 22 Jun 17h00 – 20h00, 23 Jun 17h00 – 20h00, CNDB, studio Stere Popescu
- lecture Luciana Parisi – Contagious Architecture: Digital Control and Aesthetics – 25 Jun, 17h00 – 20h00, CNDB, studio Stere Popescu
The workshop and lecture are part of the course “Mediatic Affects, Biological Pathos and the Psychotechnology of Gender” by the Bureau of Melodramatic Research (2012/2013) at the National University of Arts, Bucharest, supported by Patterns Lectures, Erste Foundation – More information about the course:
- Bezna #4 – a series of lecture-performances on/from the Netherworld + zine launch, 29 Jun, 20h00, CNDB, studio Stere Popescu
Virality, Chaos and the Brain – workshop with Tony Sampson
Virality – Saturday, 22 Jun, 17h00 – 20h00
The first discussion will begin by introducing the conceptual approach behind the book Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Network (2012). This is a diagrammatic rendering of social contagion drawing on the work of Gabriel Tarde and Gilles Deleuze. The lectures will then explore two stratagems of networked virality. The first, the immunologic, is a discursive formation or series of analogical propositions relating to the spreading of fear from biological to nonbiological contexts. The second, viral love, is typified by Obama-love and appears to be far more catching. It works according to nondiscursive resonances and affective atmospheres. It speaks of the event, not the essence. The aim of exploring these two stratagems is to tease out the subtlety and softness of cognitive and affective power relations in the control society.
The workshop that follows this lecture asks how stratagems can be developed to counter the contagions of fear and love.
Chaos and the Brain – Sunday, 23 Jun, 17h00 – 20h00
The second lecture will open up Deleuze’s long standing interest in neurophilosophy and look again at the brain’s confrontation with chaos. By doing so two main questions are posed: what can be done to a brain and what can a brain do? The first looks at the rise of so-called neuroculture, and focuses particular attention on the inventions of neuromarketing as an extension of cognitive labour. These new techniques of persuasion and absorption are intended to capture the chemical firings of the neuron and put it to work in new ways. The latter explores the potential of a nomadic brain that can confront chaos and escape the objectified brains of neuroculture. Here Deleuze’s interest in the relation between science, art and philosophy helps to prompt important questions for this event.
The workshop that follows this lecture asks how the common brains of artists, scientists and philosophers can respond to chaos, each other, and more significantly, how do they become nomadic.
Contagious Architecture: Digital Control and Aesthetics – lecture Luciana Parisi
Tuesday, 25 Jun, 17h00 – 20h00
The talk will address the question of algorithmic automation as a new aesthetic form of power.  Algorithmic computation in architectural and interaction design is not simply an abstract mathematical tool but constitutes a mode of thought in its own right, in that its operation extends into forms of abstraction that lie beyond direct human cognition and control. The main philosophical source for the project is Alfred North Whitehead, whose process philosophy provides a vocabulary for “modes of thought” exhibiting various degrees of autonomy from human agency even as they are mobilized by it. Because algorithmic processing lies at the heart of the design practices now reshaping our world—from the physical spaces of our built environment to the networked spaces of digital culture—the nature of algorithmic thought is a topic of pressing importance that reraises questions of control and, ultimately, power.
Luciana Parisi is a Senior Lecturer and runs the PhD programme at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London (UK). Her research looks at the relations between science and philosophy, cybernetics and information, technology and politics to formulate a critique of capitalism and at the same time investigate possibilities for change. During the late 90s she worked with the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick and has since written with Steve Goodman (aka kode 9). In 2004, she published Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire, where she departed from the critical impasse between notions of the body, sexuality, gender on the one hand, and studies of science and technologies on the other. Recently her research has engaged with computation, cognition, and algorithmic aesthetics. Her latest book on architectural modeling is Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and the Control of Space (2013).
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