Aesthetics and Politics Lecture Series

Series Director, Jonathan Beller

Please join us for two major lectures in the Aesthetics and Politics Series this November  — all welcome:

McKenzie Wark, Talk Title to be Announced
November 4, 2009, Alumni Reading Room, Main Library, Pratt Institute at 5PM

Sean Cubitt, “Genealogy of the Raster Display”
November 11, 2009, Alumni Reading Room, Main Library, Pratt Institute at 5PM

About the Series Speakers:

McKenzie Wark, Associate Professor of Cultural and Media Studies and Associate Dean at Eugene Lang College, The New School University, is an internationally recognized theorist of digital counter-culture whose work covers the intersecting realms of visuality, aesthetics, politics, algorithms and interventions. He is the author of Gamer Theory and A Hacker Manifesto, both from Harvard University Press, and most recently 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International (Columbia and Princeton) Other books include

* Dispositions, Salt Publications, Cambridge, 2002
* Speed Factory, (co-author) Fremantle Art Centre Press, Fremantle, 2000
* Celebrities, Culture and Cyberspace, Pluto Press, Sydney, 1998
* The Virtual Republic, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1997
* Virtual Geography, Indiana University Press, 1994

For more information on Ken Wark see

http://www.newschool.edu/lang/faculty.aspx?id=1718

Sean Cubitt, Professor of Media and Communications and Director of the Program in Media and Communications at School of Culture and Communications at the Universtiy of Mellbourne, is one of the world’s leading figures in the emerging fields of digital culture and digital aesthetics. His research interests include: History and philosophy of media; globalisation and global media governance; media arts; digital media; sound and popular music studies; media and communications theory; media ethics; convergent media industries. He is on the editorial board of numerous journals including Third Text, Screen, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Vectors, and Visual Communication, and is the author of numerous books including the following:

*  EcoMedia, Contemporary Cinema series, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2005
* The Cinema Effect, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2004.
* Simulation and Social Theory, Theory, Culture & Society/Sage, London and New York, 2001.
* Digital Aesthetics, Theory, Culture & Society/ Sage, London and New York, 1998.
* Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture, Communications and Culture/Macmillan, London, 1993; published
simultaneously in New York by St Martin’s Press.
* Timeshift: On Video Culture, Comedia/Routledge, London and New York, 1991.

Talk Abstract: A hundred and fifty years ago, two inventions revolutionised the image: lithography and photography. Combined in contemporary photolitho presses , large-scale printing of photographs lead us into a new set of mathematised techniques. Refined through fax, TV and digital transmission, our imaging technolgies are dominated by grids. This talk traces that history, and asks whether the unacknowledged presence of tiny squares is just a random blip in a chaotic cosmos, or perhaps a structural characteristic of the society we now inhabit: the database economy.

Professor Cubitt has also written on films including Infernal Affairs and Lord of the Rings. More information can be found at

http://www.culture-communication.unimelb.edu.au/people/sean-cubitt.html

These talks are part of the Aesthetics and Politics Lecure Series, sponsored by SLAS and co-sponsored by Orbis Mediologicus.

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- Past Speakers include:

Angela Davis

Coco Fusco

Nicholas Mirzoeff

Gina Dent

Alan Feldman

Warren Sack

Sari Dalena

Saidya Hartmann

Josie Saldaña

Alberto Toscano

Sheila Coronel

Randy Martin

Neferti Tadiar

Lisa Nakamura

Vicente Rafael

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