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Keynote lectures

Bernard Stiegler: "Cinema, dream and the digital."

December 11th, 14:30 (auditorium)

I argued in Le temps du cinéma (the third volume of Technics and Time) that we must refer to archi-cinema just as Derrida spoke of archi-writing. I propose today and in principle that the dream is the primordial form of this archi-cinema.

The archi-cinema of consciousness, of which dreams would be the matrix as archi-cinema of the unconscious, is the projection resulting from the play between what Husserl called, on the one hand, primary and secondary retentions, and what I, on the other hand, call tertiary retentions, which are the hypomnesic traces (that is, the mnemo-technical traces) of conscious and unconscious life.

There is archi-cinema to the extent that for any noetic act – for example, in an act of perception – consciousness projects its object. This projection is a montage, of which tertiary (hypomnesic) retentions form the fabric, as well as constituting both the supports and the cutting room. This indicates that archi-cinema has a history, a history conditioned by the history of tertiary retentions. It also means that there is an organology of dreams.

Olga Guriunova: "The force of digital aesthetics: on memes, hacking, and individuation."

December 12th, 9:30 (auditorium)

Aesthetic morphogenesis has been entrenched in digital forms. Today, something that primarily has an aesthetic sensibility exhibits the capacity to propel a political voice, an idea, social problem, or a conceptual figure, all online. It’s not only that teenagers joke by creating memes and forwarding them around, but political protest employs the language of memes or viral cultural production. The aim of this talk is to explore preposterous, weird, humorous and ‘silly’ creative production, and, specifically, memes, that circulate on the Web as indicative of something larger then they initially seem, as the performance of individuation and as objects of relationships that mediate individuation. Following both Simondon and Bakhtin, I focus on digital aesthetic forms that not only entice but propel and mold individual, collective and technical becoming. Such aesthetics, however, not only performs through memes, but is open in its own way to an individuating process yielded by, in the case of memes, particular platforms with distinct human-technical mannerisms. Memes are intimately linked to 4chan’s /b board, the birthplace of Lulzsec and the Anonymous hacking networks, which, in turn, inform the production of new human-technical assemblages. These complex intersections and Moebius strips of media ecologies emerging by employing each others’ histories, technical architectures and aesthetic work is a picture that the talk concludes with.

Mark B.N. Hansen: "The Operational Present of Sensibility"

December 13th, 9:30 (auditorium)

Contemporary digital technologies afford unprecedented access to levels of temporal experience that have long remained beyond the scope of human thematization. In their efforts to historicize these affordances, historians of science have insisted on the peculiarity of this access, the fact that it does not take place through any direct expansion of human perceptual capacities, but rather through a human-machine assemblage that supplements perception by putting it into systemic co-relation with a technical operationality whose “content” it (perception) cannot access. In my paper, I will utilize this indirect model of the temporal expansion of human agency to explore contemporary micro-computational expansion of sensibility, both as it informs data capitalism and efforts to counter the latter’s sway.

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