I am Algorithm: Charlie Tweed invites Tony D. Sampson

I am Algorithm: Charlie Tweed invites Tony D. Sampson

19 Jun 2013

6:00 pm – 8:00 pmAspex

The Vulcan Building
Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth
PO1 3BF
(Behind Loch Fyne on Canalside)

The talk will expand upon some of the themes and ideas within the exhibition I am Algorithm and look at connections between Charlie’s practice and the writing and research of Tony D. Sampson who is a London-based theorist, writer and Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London.

Charlie Tweed will discuss the development of his work for the show and will look at some ongoing themes in his research including: new forms of technological control,  the use of fictional writing and fictional identity as a form of agency, media ecologies, affects and non-human agency and its political potential in art.

Tony D. Sampson will give a talk titled: From Virality to Neuroculture: What Can a Brain Do? In this talk Tony D. Sampson will draw on the late 19th century sociology of Gabriel Tarde to develop a conceptual approach to contagion theory before going on to think through Tarde’s relevance to contemporary experiences of networks, software culture and the technologies of neuromarketing.

Charlie and Tony will then draw on connections in their research and there will also be an opportunity for the audience to get involved in the discussion and ask questions.

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http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6977250143/eorg

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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK. As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Sampson has developed a number of funded research projects and public events that aim to bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach a series of local challenges. These activities have included large conferences co-organized with local authorities looking at a range of policies relating to the revitalization of the Essex costal region, developments in the cultural industries as well as a series of community focused events on food cultures and policy, collaborations with arts groups and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres. Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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