Details of The Image of the Network, Symposium at Winchester School of Art, June 16th 2015

The Image of the Network, Symposium

Organised at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton by Yigit Soncul and Jussi Parikka

Tuesday June 16, 2015

Rotunda (East Building)

Free registration:

The Image of the Network is a one day symposium that explores the connection between aesthetics, politics and technology. New technologies of addressing the involuntary aspects of human cognition open up the topics of both affective design and new modes of preemptive surveillance. The double logic of security and commerce is an effective context in which the contemporary platforms of design and aesthetics are to be understood, at the centre of the so-called control society, as posited by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

This agenda opens up issues of surveillance, anticipatory logic of networks and art practices important to this technological infrastructure. The aim of the event is to problematise and initiate a debate on the contemporary politics of embodiment and visuality through such themes of network politics. The topics map the definitions of the image in an age that is characterised by concepts such as contagion, immunity, affect, the involuntary, preemption and premediation.


10.30 Opening Words by Jussi Parikka and Yigit Soncul

10.40 Tony D. Sampson, (Reader, UEL)

Waking the Somnambulist: The Capture of Affect, Attention and Memory (and Why We Need New Weapons to Stop it)

11.20 Olga Goriunova (Associate Professor, Warwick)

Digital Subjects: On Persons and Singularity in Calculative Infrastructures

12.00 Lunch break

13.30 Jussi Parikka (Professor, WSA)

Networks: Service Economy and Denials of Service

14.00 Yigit Soncul (PhD student, WSA)

Contagious and Immunogenic Images of the Network

14.30 Jane Birkin (PhD student, WSA)

Keeping Time: Archive as Secure Back-up for the Networked Image

15.00 Closing Discussion

Chaired by Prof. Ryan Bishop


The Image of the Network is a Design & Media Ecologies Lab event.

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), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: Full academic profile:
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1 Response to Details of The Image of the Network, Symposium at Winchester School of Art, June 16th 2015

  1. Virality says:

    Reblogged this on club critical theory (southend-on-sea) and commented:

    Might be of interest to the group…

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