How could we address the impact of contemporary digital technologies on security and surveillance mechanisms and its influence on posthuman subject-formation?
June 18th, 2015
“Technologies have always been linked to the military and to population control, but this link has undergone significant mutations at different points in history. What has been the impact of contemporary digital technologies upon the mechanisms and the techniques of surveillance and monitoring of social space, of border areas, and of war zones? What changes have come upon visual technologies in the process of being turned into tracking devices of all kinds? What should be taken as the object of study in relation to a culture of security, surveillance, counter-terrorism, and the militarization of the social space? What are the terms of reference in the current political economy of visual representation, and how can critical theorists address them most effectively? To what an extent can we speak of a computational turn in media and cultural studies in relation to security? Does the emphasis on computational systems enhance the posthuman subject-formation and how would we assess such a phenomenon? Lastly, how do contemporary scholarship and the arts respond to these challenges?”
With contributions by: Rick Dolphijn (Assistant Professor and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, Utrecht); Matthew Fuller (Professor and Head of Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London); Ine Gevers (curator, writer, and activist, Utrecht); Luciana Parisi (Reader and Convenor of PhD in Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London); Matteo Pasquinelli (philosopher and independent scholar, Berlin); and Femke Snelting (artist and designer, Brussels).