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In betweens – Live Vjing

A demo of Francesco Tacchini’s impressive VJing at the Viral Utopias launch party hosted by Mute Magazine on 16th Nov is online…

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/54710612″>In betweens – Live Vjing</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/ruffnuff”>Francesco Tacchini</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


This is a demo of the live VJing performance Francesco did together with Tony Sampson (academic voice), Nik Vaughn (turntables)  and Tim Vogt (Bass) at Limehouse Town Hall in London (goo.gl/db0Lx)

Music credit: Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld — Ret Marut Handshake. Big shout-out to Kieran Sullivan for his vital support on the visual side!! Check out his stuff: youtube.com/user/planetgrinder

All together now…

[Refrain One]

In between spontaneity and dictatorship

In between biology and culture

In between conscious and nonconscious

In between the refrain and the line of flight

In between attention and inattention

In between attraction and distraction

In between excitation and inhibition

In between glutamate and GABA

In between the real and the imagined

In between the virtual and the actual

In between presynapse and postsynapse

In between repetition and difference

In between work and play

In between the smooth and the striated

In between inter(neurons) and projection neurons

In between rhizomes and tree trunks

In between volition and mechanical habit

In between (and beyond) good and evil

In between utopia and dystopia

In between cognition and noncognition

In between thinking and feeling

In between stability and instability

In between the Self and the Other

In between Self and Nonself

In between desire and belief

In between the inside and the outside

In between good media studies and evil media studies

In between walking and falling over

In between filtering and amplifying

In between the heuristic and the recursive

In between subject and object

In between ritornellos and improvisation

In between imitation and nonimitation

In between the crowd and the dividual

In between the viral and the utopian

In between the in-between, in between the in-between, in between the in-between, in between the in-between, in between the in-between…

You can now see a video of the live performance (filmed on an i-phone, so quality is not that good) on the excellent Rhizomatika blog

Confirmed Viral Events for 2012/13

  • There are a number of confirmed events related to Virality that might be of interest to readers of this blog.

    Following the academic launch of Virality at Goldsmiths College in October and the launch party with Mute Magazine in Limehouse last Friday (more on that collaboration soon in another post), I will be joining Jussi Parikka at the School of Arts and Humanities (Culture, Media and Creative Industries) Kings College, London on the 20th March (this new date is penciled in replacing the Feb 6th) for our “Anomalies, Archaeology and Contagion” talk and discussion followed by a wine reception for both Virality and Jussi’s What is Media Archaeology?

    There’s an interesting event at the University of East London (School of Arts and Digital Industries) in Feb where I’m planning to do a piece on “Viral Love and the Underground Man.” The “Love Slam” event is on the 14th Feb 6-9pm.

    As part of an ongoing series of collaborations with artists and musicians I’ve been working with the “crowd” artist Dean Todd on a performance piece for Virality which will be exhibited at the “Bookworks” show between April 8-19th, also at the University of East London.

    On April 11th 2013 I will visit the Copenhagen Business School to do a talk called “Putting the Neuron Doctrine to Work.” This is for an invite to a public lecture series called “Public Sphere, Crowd Sentiments and the Brain.”

    I have a provisional working title for a confirmed invite to the Department of Sociology and Communications at Brunel University on May 24th. “Too Much Connectivity” will form part of the “New Media and the Internet: Digital Democracy or Complex Chaos?” series of workshops.

    Between July 1-3rd we (Darren Ellis, John Cromby, Lewis Goodings, Tony Sampson, and Ian Tuckerare) are off to the Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands to run a couple of seminars called “Leaking Affects and Mediated Spaces.”

    Finally, there are a few other events in the pipeline including a contribution to an exhibit at the Berlin Transmediale Festival in Jan-Feb 2013, and a series of workshops at the University of Bern in Switzerland on the subject of the Immunologic. More details to follow.

Viral Utopias launch event on Friday November 16th

Viral Utopias Update

The Virality part of this free event will now be a collaboration between Tim Vogt, Francesco Tacchini, Nik Vaughn and Tony D Sampson. We will be responding to the idea(l) of a viral utopia using academic voice, image projection, bass guitar and turntable. 

Viral Utopia: What kind of Ontology is This?



Friday November 16th – 7PM til 1AM @ LimehouseTown Hall

Panics, plagues, and politics. Countless times the death of politics, utopia and neoliberalism has been proclaimed… and just as many times the lumbering remains of our conceptual apparatuses dust themselves and trundle on again… mutating their movements in unfolding recombinatory patterns.

Come join us to celebrate the release of several new publications exploring this overlap between the utopian and the viral, the networked and the not-worked: Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks by Tony Sampson; Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia by Angela Mitropoulos; Open Utopia by Thomas More & Stephen Duncombe; and the current issue of Mute Magazine, ‘Becoming Impersonal’ Vol.3 #3.


Agit Disco DJs


Traum – London-based chanson for lovers of neo-romantisch perverse pop

Hungry Hearts – whisky filled gruff folk punk:


Limehouse Town Hall
646 Commercial Road
London E14 7HA




Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks – Tony Sampson http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/virality

Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia – Angela Mitropoulos

Open Utopia – Thomas More & Steve Duncombe

Mute, ‘Becoming Impersonal’, Vol.3 #3


Link to Mute