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Out Now and Free! Special Issue: Blurring Digital Media Culture. Launch event

There is a blurry launch event at the University of Amsterdam on 25th May. We’ll be there in-person and online all afternoon. Full programme will be announced soon.

MAST: The Journal of Media Art Study and Theory

Special Issue: Blurring Digital Media Culture

Edited by Tony D. Sampson and Jernej Markelj

Vol. 4 | No. 1 | April 2023

The entire issue, along with individual articles, is now available for free download on MAST’s website at: https://www.mast-journal.org/vol-4-no-1-2023.

“The focus of this special issue—the potentials of the concept of the blur—might seem counterintuitive. Surely, there is a need to rethink how our perception of fact can be sharpened as a tool against the fake. Yet, we have asked media arts practitioners and theorists to consider the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological usefulness and application of the blur in the study of digital media culture. This is because we are interested in exploring the various ways in which porous boundaries and zones of indistinction can be creatively employed for dealing with the often dangerous intricacies of our networked existence, challenging rigid political, aesthetic, and technological categorizations. This does not mean that we necessarily reject the idea of making clear distinctions, but we are nonetheless keen to investigate different modes of empowering entanglements and blurrings that might surprisingly bring reality back into the mix without the baggage of categorical separability.”


In January, February and March 2017, through talks, performances, film screenings, a reading group, Brainstorms, an exhibition of student works and a conference-festival at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie & Rietveld Uncut are collaborating on an extensive, artistic research trajectory.

8th Feb 2017

Franco “Bifo” Berardi and Tony D Sampson

Franco “Bifo” Berardi: Trauma and Disentanglement as a Neural Possibility

A process of traumatic barbarianism seems to be underway: politics is unable to stop it, as it has stepped beyond the point of no return. The global civil war is proceeding together with a process of automation of cognitive activity. The trauma will not be a mere cultural breakdown, but it will possibly evolve into a neurogenetic transformation whose forms and meaning may be shaped by therapeutic and aesthetic action. As the trauma is going to transform the relation between emotional and cognitive in the neurosphere, will it be the condition for autonomy of knowledge and communist solidarity of cognitive workers?

Franco Berardi Bifo is a contemporary writer, media theorist and activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978). In the ’70 and ’80s he worked with Felix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. His last book is AND. Phenomenology of the End (Semiotexte, 2015

Tony D Sampson: The Assemblage Brain

In his new book, The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (Minnesota, 2017), Tony D. Sampson unravels the conventional image of thought that underpins many scientific and philosophical accounts of how sense is assumed to be produced inside the brain. In this talk he uses his assemblage brain thesis to draw specific attention to the politics of neuroculture, looking at capitalism and the neurosciences endeavour to colonize the brain and the potential for brains to be free.

Tony D. Sampson is reader in digital culture and communications at the University of East London. He is coeditor of The Spam Book (Hampton, 2009), author of Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (Minnesota, 2012) and The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (Minnesota, 2017). Tony is also the organizer of the Affect and Social Media annual conference in East London. He is currently coediting a new book (Affect and Social Media) for the Radical Cultural Studies series (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018). Academic Profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson. Blog: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/. New book: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-assemblage-brain


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