Programme for Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines

Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines

Tuesday 16 July, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Commons CM107 and 108
Bath Spa University
Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN

Programme Schedule


09:15 – 10:00                    Coffee and Registration                                CM.107/108



10:00 – 10:15                    Welcome and Introduction:                        CM.107/108

Charlie Tweed (Bath Spa University)



10:15 – 11:00                    Keynote Lecture 1:                                           CM.107/108

Professor Simon O’Sullivan


Fictioning: Mythopoesis, Myth-Science and Mythotechnesis


                                           Chair: Charlie Tweed




11:00 – 12.35                    Panel 1: Activist Fictions                                 CM.107/108                        


Ami Clarke

covfefe – language in a meme economy


Ada Hao

NAUT-ADA: (m)other eye


John Wild

Psychogeography in the Digitally Expanded City


Alberto Micali

         The machinic conspiracies of data leaks


Chair: Ramon Bloomberg




12:35 – 13:30                    Lunch                                                                      Atrium   


Viewing of Rod Dickinson’s Fear Filter



13:30 – 13:45                    Performance: Ami Clarke                            Screening Room


        Error-Correction: an introduction to future diagrams (2010 –

ongoing) and Low Animal Spirits (2014).




13.45 – 15:00                    Panel 2: Non human Fictions                              CM107/108


Stephanie Moran and Alex Hogan

alien holobiontology: a collaborative multi-species eco-sci-fi


Jennet Thomas



Andy Weir

Call for a Geo-fictionalised Atomic Priesthood



                                Chair: Rebecca Smith




15.00 – 16:35                     Panel 3: Speculative Fictions (parallel)            CM.107/108                                                          


Hugh Frost

Mould Map EARTH PANTROPY: Near Future

Visions in Sequential Digital Art.


Garfield Benjamin

Human-DEcentred design: Speculative

fiction, design and ethics for a future after   humanity


Teodora Sinziana Fartan

Reframing Futures: Speculative Strands and Fictions from an Uneven Aftertime



Chair: Andy Weir




15.00 – 16:35                     Panel 4: Post Truth Fictions                      CM.111



Maud Craigie

Bad Evidence: The Fictions of Interrogation


Michelle Atherton

Repository of Irrational Gestures (RIG’s):

A Performative Lecture/Screening



Rebecca Smith

Parafictions and Contemporary Art 2008-2018



Ramon Bloomberg

Facial Fictions: Identity and Recognition in the




Chair: Ami Clarke




16:45 –17.30                     Keynote Lecture 2                                            CM.107/108


Tony David Sampson


Feeling Facts and Fakes in the Speculative Contagion of  Shock Events



Chair: Charlie Tweed




17.30                               Wine Reception                                                      CM.107/108



17:45 – 18.30                   Final Performances & films                               CM.107/108





        Harry Meadows and Andy Weir






                                     Charlie Tweed



       Bjørn Erik Haugen

                                       The Pen is mightier than the Word





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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