Our academic committee member Zhang Yibing and initiator Yuk Hui will participate in the academic conference “L’INTELLIGENCE URBAINE APRÈS DEUX SIÈCLES D’INDUSTRIALISATION” held in Paris from July 2nd to 3rd. Details can be found in the following link:
Our members of academic committee, Yuk Hui, Erich Hörl and Andrew Feenberg will participate the conference “Quelle éco-logie (techno-)politique ?
Penser au-delà de Simondon” in Paris organized by Jean-Hugues Barthélémy who is also our member of academic committee (also the director directeur du CIDES). For more information, please refer to the link for more information and the run down of the event: http://cides.mshparisnord.fr/index.php/presentation-du-centre-actualites.html
Our member of academic committee will teach the course “Ratio-analyse : l’Inconscient technique des réseaux” in Paris. The course will be hosted at Collège international de philosophie. Each class requires registration. For register, please refer to the following links:
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Yuk Hui will participate the event, Hardwired Temporalities: Media, Infrastructures, and the Patterning of Time this summer 1-2 June. The event is will take place at the Media of Cooperation Collaborative Research Center, University of Siegen, Germany. More information can be found in the website of the event: http://www.hardwiredtemporalities.org/
Hardwired Temporalities: Media, Infrastructures, and the Patterning of Time is envisioned as an international conversation between North American and European scholars working on media, technologies, and temporality. The project began as a symposium at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in March 2016, as the North American side of our collaboration, and will continue this year with a workshop in Siegen, Germany, on June 1–2, 2018, rounding out its European side. Our contributors include, among others, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Marisa Leavitt Cohn, Wolfgang Ernst, John Durham Peters, Gabriele Schabacher, Florian Sprenger, Nicole Starosielski, and Yuk Hui.
The upcoming workshop will take place at the Media of Cooperation Collaborative Research Center, University of Siegen, Germany, on June 1–2, 2018.
Axel Volmar (University of Siegen)
Kyle Stine (Johns Hopkins University)
Yuk Hui will participate in the Mapping Festival in Geneva on May 9 and will give a keynote speech on the first day. Title of this talk is “On Technodiversity”, details: https://2018.mappingfestival.com/en/show/on-technodiversity/#
In his talk, philosopher Yuk Hui will explore the concept of technodiversity, and how this question is becoming essential in the time of the Anthropocene, by developing a critique of the concept of noosphere as well as its appropriation in transhumanism, in order to reflect on the question of invention and the future of the technosphere.
In recent years, there have been many discussions on different ethno-futurisms, however, the fundamental question is: do these futurisms really promise us a rich variety of futures or do they only point to a further homogeneous and synchronized future dominated by industrial technologies? Current discussions on artificial intelligence, machine learning, smart cities, bioengineering and full automation seem to point to a rather definite future, which has been described in different ways, singularity, noosphere/omega point among others.
This talk aims to question this “definite” future and the political theology which is inscribed in its imagination, as well as the fantasy of a super intelligence or an intelligence explosion as a project of depoliticisation. It proposes to think together the possibility of technodivisity and Noodiversity, in order to reflect on the question of invention and the future of the technosphere. How is it possible to think a Technodiversity which has been shrinking and rendered obsolete in face of modern technology throughout the process of modernisation and industrialisation? And what will be the essential elements which can help us to further reflect on such a possibility as resistance? In this talk philosopher and researcher Yuk Hui will attempt to respond to these questions by re-articulating the notion of the episteme.
Our academic committee member Jussi Parikka will participate in the “Is Big Data a New Medium?” forum at the LaSalle Art Institute in Singapore from May 7th to 8th. Details: http://www.lasalle.edu.sg/events/is-big-data-a-new-medium/
The growing quantification of social behaviours changes those behaviours. Extensive data collection alters the way we view our bodies, habits, environments, relationships, and society at large. Big data architectures are increasingly determining classificatory systems in the social, political, and corporate realms.
Bringing together artists, anthropologists, media, social and political theorists, this 2-day symposium ponders questions such as: Can big data be viewed as a new medium in the way that photography and film, and, more specifically, the photographic/cinematic close-up were in the 19th/ 20th centuries? How does extensive data collection shape the unconscious? What is the aesthetics of this process? Does big data, with its predictive abilities, eliminate the future (Berardi 2011)? Does it mark the end of ‘free will’ as we know it (Han 2017)?
Keynote speakers include Btihaj Ajana, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Simon Biggs, Masaki Fujihata, Davide Panagia and Jussi Parikka.
With the introduction of civilian radio, then with the advent of television, and now with social networking, the advertising industry has had a significant impact on the collective individuation processes organizing everyday life,. This collective individuation process is materialized through processes of transindividuation. Language is such a process of collective individuation operated through processes of transindividuation.
What Gilbert Simondon called the transindividual is another name for meaning, and it is what results from the co-individuation of psychic individuals who thus form collective individuals, social groups through which social systems metastabilize themselves, the same social system being common to numerous groups – hence, the fact that a language may be spoken differently by different groups. Metastabilization is a process of stabilization at the limit of instability, that is, the formation of a structure that is in movement but which maintains its form as it deforms – like a vortex or a tornado.
Processes of co-individuation are co-ordinated processes of psychic individuation (such as the socratic dialogues), these dialogical relations causing language to evolve – by giving, for example, a new definition to a word, and therefore a new use. This new feature – which is at first local, as for instance when two speakers agree on something, for instance Socrates and Meno – can then be disseminated through time and to other speakers along various vectors, such as through books, Plato’s academy, the trial of Socrates, and so on. This dissemination constitutes the process of transindividuation.
Now, it is possible to influence the transindividuation process in a rational ande systematic way via vectors such as these, which are always constituted on the basis of what we will call tertiary retentions – from writing to analog recordings of cultural industry and algorithms of platform capitalism and social networking : such are the objects of this course.
Seminar 1. Language and transindividuation in the age of platform capitalism. Saussure, Kaplan
Seminar 2. Around neuromarketing. Brain, writing and attention. Carr, Wolf, Ong,
Seminar 3. Biological memory and technical memory. About neurocience and an ‘anthropological rupture’. Canguilhem
Seminar 4. Instincts, drives, automatisms, addiction. Joseph LeDoux, Malabou, Freud, Vygotsky
Seminar 5. About education
Seminar 6. On automatisms, life, repetition and des-automatization, Sein und Zeit, Difference and repetition
Seminar 7. Hermeneutics, heuristics and paideia in the digital epistémè
Seminar 8. Conclusions
Texts we should read:
1.Ferdinand de Saussure, Cours de linguistique générale
2.Nicholas Carr, The Shallows. Is Internet making us stupid ?
3.Frederic Kaplan, On linguistic capitalism
4.Maryanne Wolf, Proust and the Squid
5.Georges Canguilhem, Le normal et le pathologique
6.Martin Heidegger, Sein und Zeit
7.Gilles Deleuze, Difference and repetition
8.Sigmund Freud, The Es and the Id
10.Joseph LeDoux, Synaptic Self
11.Lev Vygotsky, Thought and Language
Out initiator, Yuk Hui and Bernard Stiegler will participate in the Spring Advanced Class of School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art. They will conduct lectures and seminars throughout April. For more information, please refer to the information in Chinese: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Ailbr52NWV83rREnl0wdYw
Description of the courses (Chinese)
Our academic committee member Bernard Stigler will participate in the 90th anniversary of the founding of the China Academy of Art in April. He will participate in the forum “Crisis and Potential – Forum of Deans of the International Academy of Fine Arts”. For details, please refer to the official WeChat post (Chinese only) : http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/92MU-eez4X7FkKH1PVa90g
校庆期间，中国美术学院将主办「危机与潜能——国际美术学院院长论坛」，并邀请英国皇家艺术学院、美国罗德岛设计学院等60位来自世界17个国家的国际著名美术学院院长以及研究型大学艺术联盟( a2ru )、国际美术学院院长理事会（International Council of Fine Arts Deans） 、艺术与设计独立学院协会（AICAD）等3家国际艺术院校联盟主席前来参加。
论坛上午将分别由法国著名哲学家Bernard Stiegler、新加坡南洋理工大学国家研究中心主管Ute Meta Bauer、中国美术学院副院长高世名和著名建筑师Rem Koolhaas进行主旨演讲。下午分四组进行主题讨论，四个主题分别为：自动化社会的艺术与教育、艺术院校的实践与担当、人的危机与艺术教育的责任、潜能。
Our academic committee member, Mark Hansen will lead one unit of the masterclass of Central Academy of Fine art, Center for Art and Technology in Beijing this May. More details in Chinese can be found at the following and here: http://www.artda.cn/view.php?tid=10668&cid=73
本次媒体艺术大师班课程设置以周为单元，共八个单元，分为媒体艺术理论、 媒体艺术考古学（史）、 媒体艺术策展与批评以及媒体艺术工作室专题四大模块，结合讲座与研讨，技术与实践并进的有机关系，以强化、集中、高效的教学机制使学生得以在短时间、近距离内与艺术、科学及技术领域的最新研究成果和创作形态相熟悉，从而达到深化知识结构，拓展批评视野和发掘创作潜力的教学目的。
2018年5月7日 – 5月11日
美国杜克大学 马克·汉森（Mark Hansen）教授
马克· 汉森，美国杜克大学教授，他一直致力于在研究、写作和教学中将技术对人类能动性（human agency）和社会生活的影响理论化。其研究范围涉及各个学科，包括文学研究、电影和媒体、哲学（尤其是现象学）、科学研究和认知神经科学。他出版的著作包括《新媒体的新哲学》（ New Philosophy for New Media. MIT Press, 2004），《代码之身：数字媒体接口》（Bodies in Code: Interfaces with Digital Media，2006），《新媒体批评术语》（Critical Terms for Media Studies, 2010），《前馈：21世纪媒体的未来》（Feed Forward: On the Future of 21st Century Media, 2014)，《新目的论》（Neofinalism， 2016）等。