The Image of the Network Symposium 10.30am, Tues 16 June 2015 – full blurb

Organised at the Winchester School of Art by Yigit Soncul and Jussi Parikka 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.

Location: Rotunda (East Building), Winchester School of Art

Registration: The event is free and open to all, but booking is essential via Eventbrite:

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

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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