Red Tape 5 — Form(s) of populism at the Royal College of Art 2nd July 5-7pm

This event has been moved to Sept 2015. More details to follow.

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More information  to follow regarding other guest speakers at this event, but for now here’s the blurb for The Birth of Digital Populism book launch event I’m speaking at on July 2nd (5-7pm) – part of a Red Tape event hosted by the RCA. Red Tape 5 — Form(s) of populismIn occasion of the launch of ‘The Birth of Digital Populism’, a book by the Italian collective Obsolete Capitalism, Red Tape introduces a discussion focusing on new forms of populism, investigating the role of images, faciality and the aesthetic of populist politics today.This discussion will focus on the coming together of computation and politics, and will try to investigate the visual form they can take together. Does the rise of computation allow for unexpected configuration of politics to emerge? ‘The Birth of Digital Populism’, published by Obsolete Capitalism in 2015, tries to answer this question by focuses on the…

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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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