The Assemblage Brain – Gilles Deleuze: The Man with Two Brains

This talk at Conway Hall (free event) might be of interest to readers of Virality. It’s loosely based on material from my new book, The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Times of Neuroculture (due early next year with Minnesota University Press).

CONWAY CONTAGIONS – or Gilles Deleuze: The Man with Two Brains

By critically approaching Millar and Gardener’s Conway Actants exhibit from the perspective of the brain, this talk draws attention to a seemingly contradictory philosophical turn in the work of Deleuze and Guattari. However, instead of looking to resolve the contradiction, Sampson argues that it is better to ask what we can learn from the tension between the somewhat cosy mixtures of the rhizome brain and the latter discrete image of thought grasped in the concepts and sensations of What is Philosophy?

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Full programme details

Space and Propagation: A Club Critical Theory Special at Conway Hall

Thursday 3rd March @ 6:30 pm

Club Critical Theory open up a critical space for Conway Actants — an artistic and curatorial collaboration between Deborah Gardner and Jane Millar that directly responds to Conway Hall’s spaces, ethos, activities and archive.

Programme starts at 6.30pm with an introduction to Conway Actants by the artists

INTRODUCTION TO CCT

Giles Tofield (The Cultural Engine)

CONWAY CONTAGIONS – or Gilles Deleuze: The Man with Two Brains

Tony D Sampson, Arts and Digital Industries, UEL

ART FOR ALL

Andrew Branch, Arts and Digital Industries, UEL

DISCUSSANTS: Deborah Gardner and Jane Millar

Event details and free registration here: http://conwayhall.org.uk/event/space-and-propagation-a-club-critical-theory-special-at-conway-hall/

 

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