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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

Activist Neuroaesthetics in Cognitive Capitalism: SFSIA 2021 | online

Scheduled programme

Some of the below includes free public talks.

All times Central European Time (CET/Berlin).

WEEK ONE
THURSDAY – JULY 1
3-8pm ORIENTATION

FRIDAY – JULY 2
3-5pm Ina Blom
6-8pm Shu Lea Cheang

SATURDAY + SUNDAY off

WEEK TWO
MONDAY – JULY 5
3-5pm Franco “Bifo” Berardi
6-8pm Agnieszka Kurant

TUESDAY – JULY 6
3-5pm Matthew Fuller
6-8pm Kathryn Andrews

WEDNESDAY – JULY 7
3-5pm Cécile Malaspina
6-8pm Katie Grinnan

THURSDAY – JULY 8 > CONFERENCE
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 > CONFERENCE
1pm Yann Moulier Boutang
2:30pm Yves Citton
5pm Tony David Sampson
6:30pm Reza Negarestani

SATURDAY- JULY 10 > CONFERENCE10am Anna Munster
11:30am Jacquelene Drinkall
2:30pm Abdul-Karim Mustapha
5pm Florencia Portocarrero and Karen Lofgren
6:30pm Anuradha Vikram

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

WEEK THREE
MONDAY + TUESDAY off

WEDNESDAY – JULY 14
3-5pm Tino Sehgal
6-8pm Lorenzo Sandoval

THURSDAY – JULY 15
3-5pm Marie-Luise Angerer
6-8pm Ramon Amaro

FRIDAY – JULY 16
3-5pm Freddy Paul Grunert
6-8pm Ed Keller
+ closing

Details of guest talk for the Seminar of Aesthetics, Online/Oslo 18th June

This talk will be for the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo.

Details of the Seminar of Aethetics.

Details of the talk – see below.

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Tony D. Sampson: Experiencing Radical Aesthetic Ontology

In this lecture, Tony D. Sampson (University of East London) will focus on two trends in neuroculture that influence the production of radical aesthetic experiences.  

Time and place: June 18, 2021 3:15 PM–5:00 PM, ZOOM Add to calendar

Tony Sampson

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, coedited with Darren Ellis and Stephen Maddison (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018). His latest 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.

Organizer

Seminar of Aesthetics

Activist Neuroaesthetics in Cognitive Capitalism. Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art 2021 | online

Activist Neuroaesthetics in Cognitive Capitalism. Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art 2021 | online

This summer school/conference should be of interest to people into neuroculture.

Activist Neuroaesthetics in Cognitive Capitalism
SFSIA 2021 | online

in collaboration with artbrain.org
July 1 – 16

Faculty include: Elena Agudio, Ramon Amaro, Kathryn Andrews, Marie-Luise Angerer, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Ina Blom, Yann Moulier Boutang, Juli Carson, Shu Lea Cheang, Yves Citton, Arne de Boever, Matthew Fuller, Katie Grinnan, Ed Keller, Agnieszka Kurant, Cecile Malaspina, Anna Munster, Abdul-Karim Mustapha, Reza Negarestani, Warren Neidich (founder/director), Florencia Portocarrero, Tony David Sampson, Lorenzo Sandoval, Tino Sehgal, Anuradha Vikram, and Charles T. Wolfe.

The brain and mind are the new factories of the twenty-first century in what is referred to as cognitive capitalism, where workers have transitioned from proletariats to cognitariats. Here, the brain not only refers to the intracranial brain consisting of neurologic matter, but also the situated body and the extracranial brain composed of gestalts, affordances, linguistic atmospheres and socially-engaged interactions. Just as the pioneers of cognitive capitalism (such as Tony Negri, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Mario Tronti among others) realized the coming digital economy would have serious consequences for labor and the production of subjectivity, the transition from the information economy to the neural-based economy (or neural capitalism) is a new moment of crisis with even greater challenges. Activist Neuroaesthetics questions what neuro-enhancing drugs, new technologies (like brain-computer interfaces that link the brain to the internet currently explored by companies like Facebook and Neuralink), and the transition from artificial neural networks to artificial intelligence will do to our sense of self and freedom.

Activist Neuroaesthetics understands that our capacity to consciously and directly affect our complex environment of evolving relations through artistic interventions is key to an emancipatory ethics. By consciously refunctioning and estranginging the environment, we are estranging and refunctioning our material brain’s neural plastic potential – literally enhancing its capacity to ‘think outside the box.’ This cognitive activism forms the basis of Activist Neuroaesthetics which resists new forms of subjugation at work in neural capitalism. Activist Neuroaesthetics is more than simply an aesthetic response, but is also a way of reengineering what aesthetics as a philosophical concept means. As such, Activist Neuroaesthetics pro-actively forms a counter-insurgency against the tactics of the neural economy which attempts to privatize and normalize the suppression of free thought and produces a regime which further weakens the cognitariat and makes obvious neural capitalism’s totalitarian tendencies.

This year’s Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art program will take place online in collaboration with ACTIVIST NEUROAESTHETICS, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of artbrain.org. ACTIVIST NEUROAESTHETICS is a year-long festival of events curated by Warren Neidich, Susanne Prinz and Sarrita Hunn including a three-part exhibition (Brain Without Organs, Sleep and Altered States of Consciousness, and Telepathy and New Labor), conference, screenings, lectures and publications, developed by lead institution Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V. with various local partners that will take place online and in Berlin over the course of 2021. In July, an ACTIVIST NEUROAESTHETICS Conference will be held in collaboration with Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art.

Priority Deadline: May 2

Applications for SFSIA 2021 | online are open to students, practitioners and scholars from the fields of art (including video, painting, photography, sculpture and installation), design, architecture, critical writing, neuroscience, science and technology studies, critical theory, cultural studies, film and media studies, and beyond.

Please note this online program is focused around discussion-oriented seminars and public lectures listed in the program schedule. Additionally, participants should plan extra time for the required Reader and to informally connect and engage with other participants as interest and time allows.

All information HERE

Viral Culture blog post

Exploring “Viral Culture”

Today’s guest post is authored by Mark Featherstone and John Armitage, editors of the new Cultural Politics issue “Viral Culture.” Learn more about “Viral Culture” or purchase the issue here.

In this blog post we want to explain the originality and relevance of the idea of ‘viral culture’, which we explore in the special issue of Cultural Politics devoted to the idea. However, before we talk about originality, it is important to note that it is possible to find precursors to what we are calling ‘viral culture’ in the work of a number of writers who understood what was happening with processes of globalisation and informationalisation from the 1960s onwards. It is important to acknowledge their influence upon our theory of ‘viral culture’ because in a sense what we have done is picked up the debates they started and explored them in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In looking for these influences we might track back as far as the 1960s and think about Jacques Derrida’s early work. In his early works, such as Of Grammatology, Derrida was interested in the informationalisation of biology through the discovery of DNA and communication processes filtered through computers that translated meaningful language into mathematical symbols. In his view this transformed everything, what he spoke about in terms of ‘the living’, into a kind of text that was endlessly on the move and fundamentally unfinished and unfinishable. In much the same way that one never finishes writing, Derrida saw that reproduction is endless and really represents the transmission or communication of DNA code to a new generation through sexual contact. This final point about sexual contact and the combination of DNA in the formation of a new person or animal was very important for Derrida because it represented communication and the emergence of new life, new meaning, and new possibilities. As the new is born, so the old must die out. This is why in his later works he writes about auto-immunity, which really means maintaining openness to the other through opposition to processes immunity that seek to shut down communication.

Read on Cultural Politics Blog

Cultural Politics Viral Cultures: Volume 17, Number 1

Pleased to have an article with Jussi Parikka in this issue of Cultural Politics. You can also look here: https://repository.uel.ac.uk/item/88497


Subject: Cultural Politics Table of Contents for March 01, 2021: Volume 17, Number 1

  Also view Duke University Press book selection
 
  Cultural Politics    
Cultural Politics    
Viral Cultures
March 01, 2021; Volume 17, Number 1  
Read This Issue   Articles      
Viral Culture     John Armitage; Mark Featherstone  
Protective Measures: An Exercise     Bruno Latour; Stephen Muecke    
In a Viral Conjuncture: Locking Down Mobilities     David Morley
Trump, Authoritarian Populism, and COVID-19 from a US Perspective     Douglas Kellner  
After the “Age of Wreckers and Exterminators?”: Confronting the Limits of Eradication and Entanglement Narratives     Eva Haifa Giraud  
Against the New Normal     Sean Cubitt  
The Operational Loops of a Pandemic     Tony D. Sampson; Jussi Parikka  
The Great City Is Fragile: Fang Fang’s Wuhan Diary     Kevin Robins  
Circuit Breakers and Biopolitical Strategies     Cera Y. J. Tan  
Virus Is a Language: COVID-19 and the New Abnormal     Chris Hables Gray  
Life, Death, and the Living Dead in the Time of COVID-19     James Der Derian; Phillip Gara  
On the World of the Virus: Remaking Image Theory Anew     John Armitage  
Žižek’s Pandemic: On Utopian Realism and the Spirit of Communism     Mark Featherstone
On the Beach     John Beck  
Virus Is Other People     Irving Goh  

Speaking Engagements, Summer 2021

I’ve been invited to talk at the Activist Neuroaesthetics Conference in Berlin on July 9th or 10th – tbc. Part of this exciting project curated by Warren Neidich, Susanne Prinz and Sarrita Hunn.

“In celebration of the 25th anniversary of artbrain.org, ACTIVIST NEUROAESTHETICS is a festival of events including a symposium, three-part exhibition, conference, screenings, and publications, developed by lead institution Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V. along with various local partners that will take place online and at different venues on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin over the course of 2021.”

I’m also confirmed for a guest lecture on my sleepwalker book at the Seminar of Aesthetics, University of Oslo on June 18th.  

The Seminar of Aesthetics is an interdisciplinary forum for new research at the intersection of aesthetic theory, philosophy and art. “Since 1988 the seminar has presented a long series of guest lecturers from all over the world, among them Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Derrida, Norman Bryson, Jean Starobinski, Julia Kristeva, Gayatri Spivak, Arthur Danto, Thierry de Duve, Sarat Maharaj, Michael Fried, John Rajchman, Boris Groys, Peter Kivy, Andrew Benjamin, Gianni Vattimo, Martin Seel, Hélène Cixous, Gernot Böhme, Gottfried Boehm, Mieke Bal, Peter Brooks, Eric Alliez, Wolfgang Ernst, WJT Mitchell, Hal Foster, Mark B. Hansen, Lorraine Daston and Mark Wigley.”