Year: 2021

Forthcoming talks in 2021-22

Originally scheduled for September, I am now going to Dublin (Trinity College) on 10th Dec this year to be on a panel alongside Catherine Malabou (keynote) on the topic “Philosophy and the Brain, Toward a Critical Neuroscience”.

In early 2022 I have also been invited to do a talk on my latest book – A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media – at the Department of Communication & Media Studies, York University, Canada on 28th Jan 2022 – 4pm GMT. This will be online. More details to follow.  

Experience Capitalism (2022)

Very excited to be working on a selection of chapters, articles and interviews in English and Spanish with translator Ana Fabbri. Experience Capitalism will be published through the amazing Rizosfera series. Should be available later next year.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Rizosfera
  2. Translator’s Introduction
  3. Neurolabor: Digital Work and Consumption
  4. Deeper Entanglements
  5. Contagions, Sleepwalkers, and the Nonconscious of Social Media: an interview with Tony D. Sampson by Jernej Markelj
  6. Unthought Meets The Assemblage Brain: A dialogue between N Katherine Hayles and Tony D. Sampson
  7. Afterword

Southend fanzine archive coming soon!

CERG are very excited to announce the soon to be published Southend on Zine project by Graham Burnett. We have written a foreword to this stunning collection of zines throughout the years – You can read our text below. As soon as it’s published, a link will appear on the CERG blog.

Community Engagement Initiative

CERG are very excited to announce the soon to be published Southend on Zine project by Graham Burnett. We have written a foreword to this stunning collection of zines throughout the years – You can read our text below. As soon as it’s published, a link will appear on this blog.

Foreword

Kicking Cultures: How Fanzines Make the Alternative

The impetus for Graham Burnett’s wonderfully comprehensive curation of local fanzine culture apparently began after he attended one of our Club Critical Theory (CCT) events back in 2018. The modest aim of this event, and the others we organised between 2014-18 at the much-missed Railway Hotel, was to generate critical discussion about the usefulness (or otherwise) of theorising the everyday practices we find in local communities. In some ways, we might consider CCT as a kind of hybrid format of fanzine culture. We certainly concentrated on alternative culture, albeit, in our…

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SFSIA 2021 | Tony David Sampson – Experiencing Radical Aesthetic Ontology

Experiencing Radical Aesthetic Ontology
Tony D. Sampson’s talk will focus on two trends in neuroculture influencing the production of radical aesthetic experiences. The first trend refers to disciplinary incursions by so-called neuro-rationalists into the work of artists through the development of neuroaesthetic programmes. Principally associated with cognitive and algorithmic neuroscience, it is argued that neuroaesthetics generally reduces aesthetic experience to conservative, locationist and ocularcentric regimes. The second trend relates to the new paradigm of affective neuroscience. On one hand, the turn to affect in brain science challenges rationalist models by prioritizing previously marginalized affects, sensations, and emotions in the production of concepts. On the other hand, though, as affective neuroscience enters the cultural circuits of capitalism, these productions introduce new pressures on what Fuller (2008) identifies as the capacity of radical art to bring ferocity and passion to the world. Drawing on his dystopian media theory trilogy of books on affective politics, neuro-contagion and aesthetic ontology, Sampson concludes by discussing art methodologies intended to return ferocity and passion to re-radicalized aesthetic experiences.

Tony D. Sampson is an academic, author and editor. 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, 2017) and Affect and Social Media: Emotion, Mediation, Anxiety and Contagion, co-edited with Darren Ellis and Stephen Maddison (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018). His new book – A Sleepwalker’s Guide to Social Media – was published by Polity in 2020. Tony is the host and organiser of the Affect and Social Media conferences in east London and a co-founder of the public engagement initiative the Cultural Engine Research Group. He currently works as a reader in digital media cultures and communication at the University of East London in the UK where he also leads the MA Media and Communication Industries and supervises PhDs and Prof Docs in Fine Art.
For more information see: sfsia.art/2021-online/

Activist Neuroaesthetics in Cognitive Capitalism SFSIA 2021 online. Free public lectures

Here is the list of public lectures for SFSIA 2021. Free registration link: https://activistneuroaesthetics.art/conference/

A central feature of SFSIA is a Public Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public to invite conversation, debate, and inquiry across communities. This year, an ACTIVIST NEUROAESTHETICS Conference will be held online over four days as part of Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art.

All times Central European Time (CET/Berlin).
via Zoom, free with registration at:
https://activistneuroaesthetics.art/conference/

THURSDAY, JULY 8
5pm         Introduction
5:30pm   Panel discussion with Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Cécile Malaspina, Warren Neidich, and Charles T. Wolfe
7:30pm   Warren Neidich

FRIDAY, JULY 9
1pm         Yann Moulier Boutang
2:30pm    Yves Citton
5pm         Tony David Sampson
6:30pm    Reza Negarestani

SATURDAY, JULY 1010am        Anna Munster
11:30am   Jacquelene Drinkall
1pm          Kundalini Yoga with Nathalie Anglès

5pm          Florencia Portocarrero and Karen Lofgren
6:30pm     Anuradha Vikram

SUNDAY, JULY 11
1pm          Elena Agudio
2:30pm     Agnieszka Kurant
5pm          Juli Carson
6:30pm     Arne De Boever

Fiction Machines: Part III Programme

A reminder that you can now book tickets for Fiction Machines: Part III (online) an evening of screenings, talks and performances from artists, filmmakers and theorists, and a belated launch event for the Fiction Machines special issue of the International Journal of Creative Media Research. The event is free but booking is essential:

Fiction Machines – Part III –

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fiction-machines-part-iii-live-online-event-tickets-157254878575

Programme

6pm – Welcome and Introduction Charlie Tweed

6.10 – Andy Weir: Unearth – shows a short video extract as part of new (theory and practice) work in progress on grounding and ungrounding, navigating planetary sites of nuclear toxicity through a mythic/materialist ontology (geo-fiction) of dust.

6.20 – Distributed Cognition Cooperative (Anna Engelhardt, Sasha Shestakova) will present the project Intra-structures which treats infrastructures as intra-active processes, placing the user within Russian propaganda infrastructures via the fictioning machine of the telegram bot

6.30 – Richard Carter: In the Wake of Waveform – showcasing two new projects Orbital Reveries and Landform, which centre on the processing of satellite and drone imagery into multi-dimensional ‘textscapes’.

6.40 – Maud Craigie will show an excerpt from her film Indications of Guilt, pt.1, along with some photographs from her current exhibition at Mirror, Plymouth.

6.50 Harry Meadows discusses Sasha Engelmann’s book Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices, exploring the atmosphere as a metaphor for thinking, free from earthly constraints.

7.05 – Ada Hao presents Making touch visible with the suture of fantasy with virtual aesthetician in “The Best Facial Clinic” – The glitchy-score of tele-synaesthesia performance in the age of global pandemic

7.20 – Tony D. Sampson – The Centre for Critical Neuroaesthetic Interferences, presenting a talk on his recent research into neuroaesthetics.

7.35 – John Cussans will present his new work PKD-AI: A proposal which outlines a plan to apply a GPT3-like AI to Philip K. Dick’s entire corpus of writing in order to produce a posthumous AI generated PKD novel.

7.45 – Mikey Georgeson will present Professor Kimey Peckpo who will attempt a live stream of an auto fictional account of a real life walk emerging from the past beyond the perimeter of the CCNI.

8.00 – Ami Clarke will present new work Pandemonium (working title), commissioned by Radar for Risk Related, and subject to further development through Clarke’s residency at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe in May 2021. It forms part of an ongoing body of work by Clarke exploring probability and risk within surveillance/disaster capitalism from a trans-feminist post-human position

Q and A

Fiction Machines – Part III

Ami Clarke, Tony D. Sampson, Maud Craigie, John Cussans, Andy Weir, Anna Engelhardt, Richard Carter, Mikey Georgeson, Harry Meadows, Ada Hao and Charlie Tweed

The Centre for Media Research at Bath Spa University presents Fiction Machines – Part III, an evening of new screenings, talks and performances from artists, filmmakers and theorists. The work presented will highlight a diverse range of critical approaches that make use of particular fictional strategies in their conception and deployment.

This event will be the third part of the Fiction Machines project, which began as a symposium at Bath Spa University in July 2019, featuring keynotes from Professor Simon O’Sullivan (Goldsmiths and Plastique Fantastique) and Dr. Tony D. Sampson (UEL). The project evolved into a special issue of the International Journal of Creative Media Research, edited by Andy Weir (AUB), Tony D. Sampson (UEL) and Charlie Tweed (BSU) which launched in late 2020.The event will bring together all of the contributors to the IJCMR: Fiction Machines special issue, acting as both a launch event and a showcase of new works and research projects that build on its themes.

Fiction Machines: Part III (online)

You can now book tickets for Fiction Machines: Part III (online) an evening of screenings, talks and performances from artists, filmmakers and theorists, and a belated launch event for the Fiction Machines special issue of the International Journal of Creative Media Research. The event is free but booking is essential:

BOOK TICKETS HERE

Fiction Machines – Part III

Ami Clarke, Tony D. Sampson, Maud Craigie, John Cussans, Andy Weir, Anna Engelhardt, Richard Carter, Mikey Georgeson, Harry Meadows, Ada Hao and Charlie Tweed

Fiction Probes in Art, Philosophy and Science – Tony D Sampson

The Centre for Media Research at Bath Spa University presents Fiction Machines – Part III, an evening of new screenings, talks and performances from artists, filmmakers and theorists. The work presented will highlight a diverse range of critical approaches that make use of particular fictional strategies in their conception and deployment.

This event will be the third part of the Fiction Machines project, which began as a symposium at Bath Spa University in July 2019, featuring keynotes from Professor Simon O’Sullivan (Goldsmiths and Plastique Fantastique) and Dr. Tony D. Sampson (UEL). The project evolved into a special issue of the International Journal of Creative Media Research, edited by Andy Weir (AUB), Tony D. Sampson (UEL) and Charlie Tweed (BSU) which launched in late 2020.The event will bring together all of the contributors to the IJCMR: Fiction Machines special issue, acting as both a launch event and a showcase of new works and research projects that build on its themes.

Contributors include

Ami Clarke who will present new work Pandemonium (working title), commissioned by Radar for Risk Related, and subject to further development through Clarke’s residency at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe in May 2021. It forms part of an ongoing body of work by Clarke exploring probability and risk within surveillance/disaster capitalism from a trans-feminist post-human position. Tony D. Sampson will present a talk on his recent research into neuroaesthetics. Maud Craigie will show an excerpt from her film Indications of Guilt, pt.1, along with some photographs from her current exhibition at Mirror, Plymouth.

John Cussans will present his new work PKD-AI: A proposal which outlines a plan to apply a GPT3-like AI to Philip K. Dick’s entire corpus of writing in order to produce a posthumous AI generated PKD novel. Richard Carter will showcase two new projects Orbital Reveries and Landform, which centre on the processing of satellite and drone imagery into multi-dimensional ‘textscapes’. Anna Engelhardt will present the project “Intra-structures” which treats infrastructures as intra-active processes, placing the user within Russian propaganda infrastructures via the fictioning machine of the telegram bot. Mikey Georgeson will present Professor Kimey Peckpo who will attempt a live stream of an auto fictional account of a real life walk emerging from the past beyond the perimeter of the CCNI.

Harry Meadows discusses Sasha Engelmann’s book Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices, exploring the atmosphere as a metaphor for thinking, free from earthly constraints. Andy Weir shows a short video extract as part of new (theory and practice) work in progress on grounding and ungrounding, navigating planetary sites of nuclear toxicity through a mythic/materialist ontology (geo-fiction) of dust. Charlie Tweed presents an excerpt from a new sound project which uses fictional writing to respond to images generated by AI applications.

Link to Event