In betweens – Live Vjing

A demo of Francesco Tacchini’s impressive VJing at the Viral Utopias launch party hosted by Mute Magazine on 16th Nov is online…

<p><a href=”″>In betweens – Live Vjing</a> from <a href=””>Francesco Tacchini</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

This is a demo of the live VJing performance Francesco did together with Tony Sampson (academic voice), Nik Vaughn (turntables)  and Tim Vogt (Bass) at Limehouse Town Hall in London (

Music credit: Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld — Ret Marut Handshake. Big shout-out to Kieran Sullivan for his vital support on the visual side!! Check out his stuff:

All together now…

[Refrain One]

In between spontaneity and dictatorship

In between biology and culture

In between conscious and nonconscious

In between the refrain and the line of flight

In between attention and inattention

In between attraction and distraction

In between excitation and inhibition

In between glutamate and GABA

In between the real and the imagined

In between the virtual and the actual

In between presynapse and postsynapse

In between repetition and difference

In between work and play

In between the smooth and the striated

In between inter(neurons) and projection neurons

In between rhizomes and tree trunks

In between volition and mechanical habit

In between (and beyond) good and evil

In between utopia and dystopia

In between cognition and noncognition

In between thinking and feeling

In between stability and instability

In between the Self and the Other

In between Self and Nonself

In between desire and belief

In between the inside and the outside

In between good media studies and evil media studies

In between walking and falling over

In between filtering and amplifying

In between the heuristic and the recursive

In between subject and object

In between ritornellos and improvisation

In between imitation and nonimitation

In between the crowd and the dividual

In between the viral and the utopian

In between the in-between, in between the in-between, in between the in-between, in between the in-between, in between the in-between…

You can now see a video of the live performance (filmed on an i-phone, so quality is not that good) on the excellent Rhizomatika blog

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK. As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Sampson has developed a number of funded research projects and public events that aim to bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach a series of local challenges. These activities have included large conferences co-organized with local authorities looking at a range of policies relating to the revitalization of the Essex costal region, developments in the cultural industries as well as a series of community focused events on food cultures and policy, collaborations with arts groups and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres. Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: Full academic profile:
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