[Air-L] Alexander Galloway Workshop at Sussex on 16.05.2012

Aristea Fotopoulou A.Fotopoulou at sussex.ac.uk
Fri May 11 04:35:19 PDT 2012

Dear All,

The Digital and Social Media Research Theme at the University of Sussex is hosting the final event of its successful 'Digital Humanities' series on Wednesday, 16th May 2012.  This exciting workshop on 'In the Aftermath of the Cybernetic Hypothesis' is held by guest speaker Alexander R. Galloway (New York University) and will take place from 16:30 until 18:00 in Shawcross A501.
An abstract of Alexander's work can be found below:

"In an essay from 2001, the French collective Tiqqun speaks of what they call the cybernetic hypothesis: "[A]t the end of the twentieth century the image of steering, that is to say management, has become the primary metaphor to describe not only politics but all of human activity as well." The cybernetic hypothesis is a vast experiment beginning in the overdeveloped nations after World War II and eventually spreading to swallow the planet in an impervious logic of administration and interconnectivity. What are the origins of the cybernetic hypothesis, and what are its futures? This talk offers a media archeology of cybernetics through an exploration of nineteenth-century chronophotography, the history of the pixel, developments in computer modeling, bit arrays and grid systems, and that most enigmatic cybernetic device, the black box. Instead of contributing to the many heroic histories of cybernetics that already populate the cultural imagination, this talk aims to uncover an alternative history of digital systems via an examination of the aesthetics and politics of control".

For more details on the workshop, please go to http://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/digital/newsandevents/events?id=13601 or refer to the attached poster.

Best wishes and I hope to see many of you next Wednesday for this insightful and stimulating workshop,


Bettina Zenz
Research Themes Assistant
University of Sussex
Research and Enterprise Services
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