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.
Tero Karppi has written a nice review of The Assemblage Brain for AI & Society Journal. It’s actually more than a mere “review” of this book since it also makes a number of knowing references to developments (and improvements) made between Virality and The Assemblage Brain.
Here’s Tero’s concluding remarks…
“Sampson’s vision of media culture is dark, original and innovative. In a Tardean manner, Sampson develops his own voice through the ability to adapt texts and ideas that have not been brought together and produce something original.
Sampson’s book is an assemblage, which expands the way brain can be thought and gives the name of “neuroculture” to our everyday dystopia, which is not the future, but has already occupied “all corners of cultural, social, political and economic life” (ix).” Karppi, T. AI & Soc (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-018-0826-8
Looking forward to Tero’s Disconnect book! Due in spring this year (2018).
Just to note that the full review is here and if you do not have institutional access it costs money.
There’s a nicely balanced, detailed and mostly favourable review of Virality by Claire Barber in Reviews in Cultural Theory this month.
Some of the remarks concerning the neuroscientific viewpoint, an example of virality briefly introduced in the latter part of the book, are very pertinent and will be addressed in far more depth in my next book on neuroculture. I’m busy writing that right now… More to follow!