Are We All Addicts Now? Digital Dependence – book out now!

I have a chapter in this book (co-edited by Vanessa Bartlett & Henrietta Bowden-Jones) called ‘Tap My Head and Mike My Brain’: Neuromarketing and Digital Addiction – a nod (endnote) goes to Jussi Parikka’s Pynchon reference in his review of The Assemblage Brain.

I’m also taking part in the Are We All Addicts Now? symposium at Central St Martins (University of the Arts London) in collaboration with London Laser. The date for this event is yet to be fully confirmed, but likely to be at 6.30pm on Tuesday 7 November.

The book is published by Liverpool University Press: https://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/100809

It’s part of an amazing looking exhibit at Furtherfield Gallery in London between 16 September – 12 November 2017: http://furtherfield.org/programmes/exhibition/are-we-all-addicts-now

Here’s the blurb

Are We All Addicts Now? Digital Dependence is an artist-led enquiry by Katriona Beales into digital hyper-connectivity and the normalization of addictive behaviours through our everyday interactions with digital devices. While internet addiction is not yet considered an official psychiatric disorder, it is gaining increased recognition as a behavioral phenomenon in both scientific study and the popular press. This project is the first interdisciplinary exploration of this burgeoning diagnostic territory. The book combines visual and textual research, including artistic works from Katriona Beales and Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice, alongside essays from contributors in the fields of anthropology, digital culture, psychology and philosophy. Informed by the latest scientific research, the book acknowledges the increasing difficulty many people experience in controlling their online habits. At the same time, it also thinks beyond the biological model of internet addiction toward the social and political dimensions that shape everyday online activities and habit-forming behaviour. This book is co-edited by curator Vanessa Bartlett and medical doctor and neuroscience researcher Henrietta Bowden-Jones. It is published to coincide with a major exhibition of new artwork by Katriona Beales at Furtherfield, London.

The below text is taken from Vanessa Bartlett’s blog.

Are We All Addicts Now? Digital Dependence… new book goes to press

For the past two years I have been working in collaboration with artist Katriona Beales on her Welcome Trust funded project Are We All Addicts Now? The project developed off the back of her 2015 work White Matter, which I commissioned as part of my Group Therapy exhibition with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). The project will culminate in a major exhibition of new artwork by Katriona at Furtherfield, London this September.

Are We All Addicts Now?  is an artist-led enquiry into digital hyper-connectivity and the normalization of addictive behaviours through our everyday interactions with digital devices. While internet addiction is not yet considered an official psychiatric disorder, it is gaining increased recognition as a behavioral phenomenon in both scientific study and the press.

I have edited the Are We All Addicts Now? book in collaboration with medical doctor and neuroscience researcher Henrietta Bowden-Jones. It combines visual and textual research, including artistic works from Katriona, alongside essays from contributors in the fields of anthropology, digital culture, psychology and philosophy. Informed by the latest scientific research, the book acknowledges the increasing difficulty many people experience in controlling their online habits. At the same time, it also thinks beyond the biological model of internet addiction toward the social and political dimensions that shape everyday online activities and habit-forming behaviour. This book is the first interdisciplinary exploration of this burgeoning diagnostic territory.

The book also features some amazing visuals by designer Stëfan Schäfer (see featured image).

List of contributors:

Katriona Beales
Ruth Catlow
Mark D. Griffiths with Daria J. Kuss & Halley M. Pontes
Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice
Gerald Moore
Emily Rosamond
Tony Sampson
Theodora Sutton

It’s due to be published on 15 September and is available from the Liverpool University Press website

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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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One Response to Are We All Addicts Now? Digital Dependence – book out now!

  1. Virality says:

    Reblogged this on VIRALITY and commented:

    We now have confirmation that the Are We All Addicts Now? symposium will go ahead at Central St Martins on Tuesday 7 November at 6.30pm.

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