Category: neuroculture

Two Assemblage Brain related articles published in AI and Society

There are two Assemblage Brain related articles published in the current issue of AI & Society journal.

I am more than a little excited about these publications since my school history teacher at an Essex comp in the late 1970s, Richard Ennals, set up AI & Society in 1986.

Firstly, Tero Karppi’s review of the book. See Karppi, T. ‘Tony D. Sampson: The Assemblage Brain. Sense Making in Neuroculture.’ AI & Society (2019) 34: 945. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-018-0826-8

And next, the first article I wrote after the book was published in Dec 2016.

See Sampson, T.D. ‘Transitions in human–computer interaction: from data embodiment to experience capitalism.’ AI & Society (2019) 34: 835. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-018-0822-z

This one develops on themes from the book, including Experience HCI and Capitalism, as well as many of the subsequent Whiteheadian ventures started in AB and picked up again in my next effort.

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Society for the Study of Affect Summer School Early Bird Deadline

ANIMATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS
Society for the Study of Affect
Summer School
July 29 to August 02, 2019
Characteristic post on this event from Greg Seigworth below – I’m the spam/virality/neuro guy 😉 Just to add that we’ll be looking at post-truthiness by way of songwriting workshops led by the very talented Mikey Georgeson (in the video).

Here’s today’s SSASS-y tidbit! Are you registered yet? If not, time to visit http://affectsociety.com/ … DON’T BE LATE FOR SSASS!

So, Tony D Sampson (that spam/virality/neuro guy) is co-convening seminar #4 with Mikey B Georgeson … Mikey was/is David Devant from the band ‘David Devant and His Spirit Wife.’ (See their video below!) With this convening duo, you are going to have all of your brain bandwidth and performance skills jammed with post-truthiness. Is this for real? Find out!

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Neuroliberalism in Action

Mona Mannevuo is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, Contemporary History and Political Science, University of Turku, Finland. Her research interests include affect theory, labour history, STS studies and, recently, neuromanagement. Her work has been published in journals such as The European Journal of Cultural Studies and The Sociological Review. She is also one of the editors of Ephemera’s special issue ‘Affective Capitalism’.

A review of the Reworking the Brain session at Transmediale in Berlin on 1st Feb

One of my students sent me this link to a review of Transmediale in Berlin earlier this month. It includes the Reworking the Brain session I contributed to with Hyphen Labs. It’s on the Contemporary Art from East Asia and East Europe website. Not sure who the author (EC) is, but if they want to become my agent, please let me know.

Read on… 🙂

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Image from Contemporary Art from East Asia and East Europe website

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Reworking the Brain at Transmediale, 2019 Berlin

Managed to get through (and survive) my talk at the Transmediale Festival here in Berlin yesterday. This one was with the wonderful Hyphen_Labs talking about their Neurospeculative Afrofuturism project in a session called Reworking the Brain.  We were in the auditorium in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which is this absolutely huge venue with one of the largest engaged audiences I’ve ever seen at an event like this.

Highlights from the first day were Jackie Wang’s keynote on Carceral Capitalism including some very affecting poetry. Only realized afterwards that it was Jackie who asked me two really interesting/challenging questions during the Reworking the Brain session.

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Link to Transmediale Events Schedule

Here’s the link to Transmediale Events Schedule: https://2019.transmediale.de/events/schedule

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31 Jan – 03 Feb
2019
HKW, Berlin

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transmediale 2019 focuses on how feelings are made into objects of technological design and asks what role emotions and empathy play within digital culture. One of the key questions of the upcoming festival is “What moves you?”, referring not only to an emotional response but also to the infrastructures and aesthetics that govern how affect becomes mobilized as a political force today.

With digital technologies being integrated into the liveness of experience, a new situation for social change and cultural practice has arisen, which currently seems to lead to either political extremes or extreme complacency. How to resist the manipulative and polarizing aspects of affect in the digital public sphere as it is expressed through a deadlock of the politics of feeling on the one side and disengagement on the other? What motivates social engagement and how can new forms of care and solidarity be developed and embodied?

For the first time in many years, the festival does not have a title in order to emphasize the possibility of emergence: In response to a critical time, transmediale wants to focus on live practices and the creation of learning environments rather than close down meaning.

Taking up the challenge of how to understand and work with new technologies of feeling, transmediale recognizes that digital culture has become instrumental for capturing and managing what Raymond Williams once called “structures of feeling”—lived experiences and cultural expressions, distinct from supposedly fixed social products and institutions. Such experiences and expressions now create the affective spaces of social media, form the design imperatives of artificial intelligence applications, and seem to be capable of evoking empathy through virtual reality. In these contexts, social and political issues tend to become emotionalized and get turned into binary choices of for and against. One of the contemporary challenges is how to be critical and affirmative at the same time while avoiding such oversimplifications. For this purpose, transmediale 2019 strives to feature living, and not yet fully formed digital cultures of artistic vision, speculative thinking, activist intervention, and counter-cultural dreaming.

Following its focus on cultural emergence, the 2019 festival aims for a high level of participant and audience engagement through discussion-based and educational formats: Preceding the public festival days, transmediale offers the new Student Forum to create an environment for concentrated, in-depth work and studying. The workshop program is extended and starts on 29 January, too, continuing throughout the festival. Furthermore, the transmediale Study Circles are integrated across the program, zooming in on specific aspects of the festival theme. The Study Circles Affective Infrastructures and Uneasy Alliances consist of working groups in which participants come together before, during, and after the festival and generate various outputs such as workshops, events, and publications.

Find all events in our 2019 schedule.

Reworking the Brain in Berlin

 

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Panel
Fri, 01.02.2019
15:30 to 17:00
Auditorium

What happens when the neurosciences shape culture and promise to assist in overcoming traumas and conflicts? Can technologies like VR foster new ways of understanding? Is it possible to expand the plasticity of the brain? In this panel, Hyphen-Labs present excerpts from their work NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism. They underline the importance of understanding how synaptic lineages are made, harvested, and experienced and discuss how speculative practices can assist in collectively materializing and (re)imagining memories, experiences, and future scenarios. Tony D Sampson introduces his thesis on neuroculture, which argues that capitalism is increasingly colonizing of our brains. However, the coincidence of capitalism and the neurosciences (neurocapitalism) points as much to what the brain can do, as it reveals what can happen to the brain.

The panel is organized in collaboration with Winchester School of Art.

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