Event: Signal:Noise II
Friday 20 – Saturday 21 January 2012
The Showroom Gallery, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8
Admission free, no bookings taken - places allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Luciana Parisi’s talk on ‘The speculative reason of algorithmic objects’ will discuss how algorithms have become actual objects that prehend external data and in doing so, determine computational spatio-temporality. Algorithms therefore are not simply executors of programs, but are prehensive agencies that evaluate data and create space-time. Algorithms use feedback systems of control to change over time. These prehensive agencies have come to subtend a neoliberal order of aesthetics corresponding to the topological surfaces at the core of digital architecture. Luciana Parisi is the Convenor of the MA Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research draws on information theories and the life sciences (from cybernetics to computation, from evolutionary to complexity theories) to examine the significance of digital technologies and biotechnologies for a cybernetic understanding of culture. In 2004 she published Abstract Sex. Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Continuum Press). Most recently, she has completed a monograph Contagious Architecture with MIT Press (forthcoming).