Full blurb for CCT event at Conway Hall – Deleuze, Bourdieu, Art!

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


CONWAY CONTAGIONS or Gilles Deleuze: The Man with Two Brains

Tony D Sampson, Arts and Digital Industries, UEL

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, Tony argues that it is better to ask what we can learn from the tension between the somewhat cosy mixtures of concepts and sensations in the rhizome brain and the latter discrete planes of thought grasped in the concepts and sensations of What is Philosophy?

ART FOR ALL Andrew Branch, Arts and Digital Industries, UEL

How is art valued and utilised in an epoch in which cultural, social and economic orthodoxies compel us to view life as a process of commodity accumulation, in which our relations with others are increasingly competitive? This question invites others: if art has a transformative potential, where and how does this occur and what transformation occurs? and for whom?

Drawing inspiration from the work of French sociologist and political activist, Pierre Bourdieu, Andrew will seek to answer these questions, or at least argue for their validity, in the context of exploring how Conway Hall itself works spatially and affectively for those who visit it.

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) 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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