More Virality dates

Just confirmed an invited talk on Virality as part of the “I am Algorithm” show by the artist Charlie Tweed (6pm on Wednesday 19th June at the Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. More details to follow).

Tweed was the winner of Emergency5. His I am algorithm show continues an exploration of the human desire to control and systematise the natural world, and how new technologies have instilled a complex form of social control over populations in both the physical and virtual sphere.

His films attempt to visualise an approach that moves beyond the separation of human and environment and physical and virtual space in order to present a flat ontology where the voice of all types of organic and inorganic materials, architectures, technical components, processes and algorithms is heard.

Here’s an example of Tweed’s work: http://vimeo.com/63355716

And an interview with him: http://www.aspex.org.uk/blog/interview-with-charlie-tweed/

Also confirming details of another very interesting visit as part of the open lectures/seminars Mediatic Affects, Biological Pathos and the Psychotechnology of Gender in the University of Arts Bucharest and organised by The Bureau of Melodramatic Research based in Bucharest. I’ll talk about “Virality, Chaos and the Brain” on the 22nd-23rd June. More details to follow. http://www.thebureauofmelodramaticresearch.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/news

Other confirmed speakers in this series include Luciana Parisi whose new book Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and the Control of Space (MIT Press, 2013) was published very recently.

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: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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