The Assemblage Brain – Gilles Deleuze: The Man with Two Brains

This talk at Conway Hall (free event) might be of interest to readers of Virality. It’s loosely based on material from my new book, The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Times of Neuroculture (due early next year with Minnesota University Press).

CONWAY CONTAGIONS – or Gilles Deleuze: The Man with Two Brains

By critically approaching Millar and Gardener’s Conway Actants exhibit from the perspective of the brain, this talk draws attention to a seemingly contradictory philosophical turn in the work of Deleuze and Guattari. However, instead of looking to resolve the contradiction, Sampson argues that it is better to ask what we can learn from the tension between the somewhat cosy mixtures of the rhizome brain and the latter discrete image of thought grasped in the concepts and sensations of What is Philosophy?

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Full programme details

Space and Propagation: A Club Critical Theory Special at Conway Hall

Thursday 3rd March @ 6:30 pm

Club Critical Theory open up a critical space for Conway Actants — an artistic and curatorial collaboration between Deborah Gardner and Jane Millar that directly responds to Conway Hall’s spaces, ethos, activities and archive.

Programme starts at 6.30pm with an introduction to Conway Actants by the artists

INTRODUCTION TO CCT

Giles Tofield (The Cultural Engine)

CONWAY CONTAGIONS – or Gilles Deleuze: The Man with Two Brains

Tony D Sampson, Arts and Digital Industries, UEL

ART FOR ALL

Andrew Branch, Arts and Digital Industries, UEL

DISCUSSANTS: Deborah Gardner and Jane Millar

Event details and free registration here: http://conwayhall.org.uk/event/space-and-propagation-a-club-critical-theory-special-at-conway-hall/

 

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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. A former musician, he studied computer technology and cultural theory before receiving a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex. 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, due 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK, a co-founder of Club Critical Theory and 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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