Events

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Fellowship CallCannibalizing • Fellowship call
December 18, 2020 – December 31, 2021

In her timely novel Tender is the Flesh, the prizewinning Argentinian author Augustina Bazterrica tells the grim tale of Marcos who runs a factory that slaughters humans for their meat after a global pandemic has wiped out animals. If the horrific reality of factory farming is the overt message of the novel, then there is […]

Public TalkCannibalizing Ourselves: how our brains and our bodies turn against us

Athena Aktipis

February 24, 2021 4:00 pm – February 24, 2021 5:00 pmZoom meeting

From mutated genes in cancer cells to viral memes invading our brains, we are more vulnerable than we like to think. In this talk, I explain how cannibalistic forces can arise in the meat of our bodies and electrical signals of our brains, slowly eating us from the inside out. First, we look at cancer […]

SymposiumGlobal Asymmetries, Digital Extractivism and the fight for Economic Justice
April 6, 2021 1:00 pm – April 6, 2021 3:00 pmZoom meeting

Symposium organized by the Center for Philosophical Technologies, hosted by Human Economies Group at the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University.   Our speakers guests are: Sean Maliehe, Sibel Kusimba, AbdouMaliq Simone.   If you would like to participate, you can obtain a free ticket to the event, by clicking this link.  

SymposiumTechniques in the Making
April 16, 2021 1:00 pm – April 16, 2021 5:00 pmZoom meeting

A Symposium by the Center for Philosophical Technologies. The event is free. Click this Zoom link to participate.   Here is the talks schedule:   1:00 pm – Greetings   1:05 pm – Margret Grebowicz – Techniques in the Lurking 1:25 pm – Silvia Neretti – Ambivalent Anesthesia – Relationships of_____ 1:45 pm – Ron […]

Public TalkHow (Not) To Do Jagged Ontologies

Cary Wolfe

October 29, 2021 4:00 pm – October 29, 2021 6:00 pmHybrid: Zoom meeting and in person
ExhibitionDesign Transfigured

Dutch Invertuals

February 1, 2020 – May 24, 2020Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Design Transfigured / Waste reimagined exhibition recognizes a fresh approach to addressing the current state of our depleted and polluted environment, an extreme and inventive kind of upcycling.

InstallationDesign Reboot
February 17, 2020Design North Building

In occasion of the itinerant exhibition of the exhibition by Dutch Invertuals, SMoCA and CPT co-host a series of events.

Public TalkDesign Reboot • Design Reboot, Talk
February 17, 2020 6:00 pmDesign North Building

In occasion of the itinerant exhibition of the exhibition by Dutch Invertuals, SMoCA and CPT co-host a series of events.

LectureDesktop Exhibition

Matylda Krzykowski

February 19, 2020 5:00 pmSocial Hall

First lecture from (Techniques: Bordering) speaker series. During specially developed public presentation format “Desktop Exhibition”, curator clicks through files on the desktop, in a manner akin to walking through a physical space and guiding visitors through an exhibition.

LectureThe Paradox of Altitude: Oxygen and the Limits of Human Performance

Margret Grebowicz

March 4, 2020 5:00 pmArizona State University

For the past century, expedition doctors have been coming to the Himalayas in order to solve the mystery of altitude: is summitting the highest peaks without oxygen possible for the human body? A conclusive answer continues to elude them, despite over 200 no-oxygen ascents of Mt. Everest.

LectureAs futile and vain, as the wanderings of nomad tribes

Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero

September 25, 2020 4:00 pmZoom meeting

This talk is based on a phrase by Hanna Arendt in The Human Condition, which seems to point to a potential Western-Eurocentric-Arendtian bias. I use this phrase as a pretext to approach those troublesome design practices that are outside of the design field, and that would generally not be called design, although from the perspective […]

LectureA New Political Imagination. Making the case.

Tony Fry, Madina Tlostanova

October 29, 2020 1:00 pmZoom meeting

While acknowledging the complex conditions of crisis in the present, politics at multiple levels, remains preoccupied with extending its power, national interests, economic growth and greater productivity. There is a fundamental disjuncture between the complexity of the combined critical conditions that are now putting life on Earth at risk, and the divisions and theories of […]

Public TalkCapitalism as religion. • On the spiritual life of a commodity across secular bordering.

Mario Orospe Hernandez

September 18, 2020 4:00 pmZoom meeting

This research project is trying to understand the interrelation between the rise of secular categories for the study of “religion” and the imposition of an entire mode of being on a planetary scale. When an object like Capitalism must be understood as a global order that is permanently in flux, examining such mutability through different […]

Public TalkQueer Space Connections: Sexuality and the Reframing of National Identities • Sexuality and the Reframing of National Identities

Olivier Vallerand

October 30, 2020 4:00 pm – October 30, 2020 6:00 pmZoom meeting

Feminist and queer architectural theorists and practitioners have challenged the omnipresent binary of public and private in architectural discourses. While some designers have sought to replace the hard limit with a gradient of public to private, others have attempted to completely do away with it. However, most designers have had to develop these projects in […]

LectureStupid F*****g Robots: Not the Normal News

Jimmy Loizeau

November 18, 2020 1:00 pm – November 18, 2020 3:00 pmZoom meeting

While acknowledging the complex conditions of crisis in the present, politics at multiple levels, remains preoccupied with extending its power, national interests, economic growth and greater productivity. There is a fundamental disjuncture between the complexity of the combined critical conditions that are now putting life on Earth at risk, and the divisions and theories of […]

ExhibitionFashion Machine and the temptation of plastic clothing

Conny Groenewegen

April 4, 2019 – June 24, 2019OBA Oosterdok Expo Hall

Plastic is becoming a bigger problem because it does not end and slowly takes over our world. Even our wardrobe!

LectureAs We May Think, Ecologically

Thomas Lamarre

March 19, 2019 5:00 pmSocial Hall

The lateral problem is fundamentally different from the horizontal problem that characterizes the classical knowledge of 18th century — what Foucault calls “horizontal deployments,” such as the table and the grid.

FieldtripFieldtrip: Reader II
June 1, 2019

Spring field trip, part of Dust and Shadows project.

LectureAnima, Animism, Animation: How Soul-Work Makes the Modern World

Gaymon Bennett

April 8, 2019 5:00 pmSocial Hall

Like others working in other times and other places, this crew of biotechnologists is in search of the power to bend fate: to take from the dead the secrets needed to remake the living—to achieve a different sort of animation.

InstallationPandora’s Box installation
May 19, 2019 – September 15, 2019Het Nieuwe Instituut

How can the imagination of designers contribute to the ‘re-mythologisation’ of an embittered reality? Can non-scientific, magical thinking help us better understand different parallel time scales?

Discussion PanelMutant Futures: Design and Mythopoeisis in Posthuman Times
July 11, 2019Het Nieuwe Instituut

How might design, philosophy, science and mythology inform each other, while producing fresh and imaginative multi-species responses to address the genesis and future of ecological devastation?

ConferenceMOCO: The 6th International Conference of Movement and Computing
October 10, 2019 – October 12, 2019Arizona State University

The interdisciplinary conference that explores the use of computational technology to support and understand human movement practice, as well as movement as a means of interacting with computers.

Discussion PanelUnfolding Fashion Tech / Fashion, Tech, Philosophy
October 26, 2019 5:00 pmOnomatopee

With all their different operating systems, how can we share and exchange knowledge, skills and production means between fashion, technology and philosophy? And if we are aiming to thrive – both as humans and as makers – how can we do so responsibly?

InstallationAn Acoustic Ecology Salon
October 15, 2019 12:00 amHayden Library

Installation, ASU library

InstallationPandora’s Ecstasy – Reimagining (non)human time and technology
October 19, 2019 – December 22, 2019Onomatopee

Installment of the Synthetic Times series: a collaborative and iterative design project that critiques and reimagines human and nonhuman time in relation to modern and future technologies.

Discussion PanelDeleuze Today
November 6, 2019Ross-Blakley Hall

Gilles Deleuze has transformed a broad range of academic fields. Where is Deleuze studies today and what are its frontiers? Join us for this conversation.

LectureAnimation, or the careful whispers of eating between life and death

Stephen Loo

November 15, 2019 5:00 pmSocial Hall

Join us for our November Speaker Series Talk! Animation, or the careful whispers of eating between life and death.

LectureRe-Enchanting the Present

Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney

September 25, 2019 5:00 pmSocial Hall

FoAM’s co-founders, will discuss their interstitial techniques for living with uncertainty, combining experiential futures, generative technologies, labcraft, and the ephemeral tools of panpsychism.

Public TalkGeomedia: On Mythic Noise and the Design of Geological Communication – Public Talk
April 19, 2018 7:30 pmLiterary Theatre Perdu

How can the arts and art research help to address global issues related to ecological change and natural disasters? During this evening event, the speakers will give three examples of the way in which the use of raw materials (such as oil or wood) has cultural, political and social consequences.

SymposiumOntogenetics Process Group III
February 13, 2018 9:00 am

Symposium related to Ontogenetics Process Group – a research group is animated by the growing consensus in the sciences and the humanities that the living world in all its modes—biological, semiotic, economic, affective, social, etc.—escapes finite schema of description.

FieldtripFieldtrip II: Prototyping and experiments
March 1, 2018

Second fieldtrip part of the Dust and Shadows project. A collaborative art and design project that reimagines how the mythic and ritualistic past of the desert southwest might be inherited and reinvigorated to intervene in how humans and nonhumans dwell in the rapidly urbanizing desert.

SymposiumLife Beyond the Algorithm, Symposium
September 6, 2018 9:00 am – September 7, 2018Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

The symposium is animated by the growing consensus in the sciences and the humanities that the living world in all its modes—biological, semiotic, economic, affective, social, etc.—escapes finite schema of description.

SymposiumOntogenetics Process Group IV
November 15, 2018

Symposium related to Ontogenetics Process Group, a research group is animated by the growing consensus in the sciences and the humanities that the living world in all its modes—biological, semiotic, economic, affective, social, etc.—escapes finite schema of description.

SymposiumOntogenetics Process Group
April 19, 2017 11:00 am

Symposium related to Ontogenetics Process Group, New Mexico edition.

FieldtripFieldtrip I: observations
May 1, 2017 – June 1, 2017

Spring field trip as a part of the Dust and Shadows project.

FieldtripFieldtrip II: Research Questions
July 1, 2017 – August 1, 2017

Summer field trip, part of Dust and Shadows project. A collaborative art and design project that reimagines how the mythic and ritualistic past of the desert southwest might be inherited and reinvigorated to intervene in how humans and nonhumans dwell in the rapidly urbanizing desert.

SymposiumGeo Mediations, Symposium I

Jussi Parikka, Steve Loo, Erin Espelie, Conny Groenewegen, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Adam Nocek and Patricia Pisters

June 15, 2017 8:30 am – June 16, 2017 10:30 pmMediamatic

What can we learn about contemporary geological processes and the role of humans therein by looking at media objects and digital culture? The symposium Geo Mediations celebrates the entanglements of media and geological events. The evening program brings together a wide ensemble of voices in both talks and artwork presentations.

InstallationFashion Machine Installation at Mediamatic
June 1, 2017 8:00 am – October 17, 2017 8:00 pmMediamatic

An invasion of space by re-recycling matter. The fashion industry: a beautiful but polluting business. The fast pace of clothing production accounts for devastating amounts of material and immaterial consumption, resulting in the misuse of water, chemicals and (child) labour. How to deal with this tempting but harmful situation? Conny Groenewegen sets out to visualise its enormity by transforming fashion’s leftovers into art that takes over our immediate habitat.

InstallationUnderwater Archeology
August 1, 2017 8:00 am

This installation transports participants to an archeological dig in the desert southwest. We ask that you take time to dig in the sand, manipulate and play with the rocks and debris. This responsive media installation encourages you to experience the different scales of time that are hidden from view. The materials on the gallery floor […]

SymposiumOntogenetics Process Group II
November 13, 2017 4:00 pm

Symposium related to Ontogenetics Process Group – a research group is animated by the growing consensus in the sciences and the humanities that the living world in all its modes—biological, semiotic, economic, affective, social, etc.—escapes finite schema of description.

FieldtripFieldtrip III
November 1, 2017 – December 1, 2017

Fieldtrip II related to Dust and Shadows project

ExhibitionOceanfront Property
January 4, 2017 – February 24, 2017Combine Studios

Culminating in a multimedia exhibition in downtown Phoenix, the project invites participants to challenge their assumptions about how to situate human history within incomprehensible scales of time in the desert.