Enter the Cybercattle @ Thomas Dane Gallery, Mar 3

3 March 2015

Urbanomic publisher and art organization will be hosting Enter the Cybercattle at London’s Thomas Dane Gallery tonight, March 3.

The roundtable discussion comes in conjunction with artist John Gerrard‘s recent photographic survey of a Google data farm in Oklahoma following his denial of access by Google Inc., which turned into a new work titled ‘Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma)’ now on display at Thomas Dane Gallery. The work is comprised of a simulated ‘twin’ of the farm flanked by diesel generators and cooling towers, asking the question: “What new species of virtual subject is being reared in massive data centres whose processes operate well below the threshold of human perception?”

Using Gilles Châtelet‘s dystopian portrait of the evils of the market, To Live and Think Like Pigs, the discussion examines the relationship between “cognitive and spatial dislocation in the contemporary digital-cognitive control system,and the algorithmic channelling of desire that binds us to the invisible processing centres of a ‘future neurocracy'”.

Participants include: writer and curator Adam Kleinman; Matthew Fuller, Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths; Robin Mackay, Director of Urbanomic and translator of Gilles Châtelet’s To Live and Think Like Pigs; design strategist Benedict Singleton; and FACE social media research, Jay Owens.

See the Urbanomic event page for details. **


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Robin Mackay @ Banner Repeater, Mar 19

19 March 2014

Philosopher and Urbanomic director Robin Mackay is presenting a talk, The Idiots Have Won: From the Pre-Cambrian to the Post-Facebook, along with a screening of Matthew Noel-Tod‘s ‘Bang!‘ (2012) at London’s Banner Repeater on March 19.

Mackay approaches the film as a materialist history mapping the line of human development across from Plato to the 2011 London riots in a what has devolved from “an organic society to the surreal subsumption of capital”.

‘Bang!’ navigates “internet memes, advice dogs and infantilised avatars” to illustrate, according to Mackay, “the unfinished story of communism for a world that’s gone to the dogs”.

Noel-Tod’s ‘A Season in Hell 3D‘ is also showing in the space until April 6.

See the Banner Repeater website for details. **

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