Folks at Swinburne University, Melbourne have organised quite the event — CODE – A Media, Games & Art Conference. This means my first trip to Australia ever, with that slightly surreal feeling plane trip ahead of me. It is at such moments  that you better trust media technological arrangements; the radio and computer controlled cockpit media; and the entertainment media lull in the economy class (see John Johnston’s intro to the Kittler-essay collection Literature, Media, Information Systems).

My talk will be something new I wrote, on “Cultural Techniques of Cognitive Capitalism”. The idea is to do a crosswiring between two traditions; the German media studies type of undertanding of media technologies coupled with the more Italian style political theory of Post-Fordist cultures. The previous has not been so good on the political front, the latter not always been specific enough when talking of media cultures/technologies. Who knows, this talk might form a part of a bigger project that I have been drafting as well.

  1. November 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    … re flight: have you read, Polyphilo or The Dark Forest Revisited, An Erotic Epiphany of Architecture, by Alberto Perez-Gomez? Strange and unclassifiable book.

  2. November 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    >post frontal cross winds; atmospheric sensors w/GPS assurances; takeoffs/landings: time-space correlated waves
    tele-vision’s contextual feedforwarding, open-ended nerves reciprocally connected, yielding muxd /demud on call laser node lifi A/V feeds to outward-reaching holographic imaging.
    Happy headings and future landings Jussi.

  3. mdieter
    November 16, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Have a good trip!

    And yes, I would bring along something to read for the flight 😉

  4. November 19, 2012 at 12:04 am

    My talk is on Cultural Techniques of Cognitive Capitalism – a certain crossbreeding of traditions; German media theory gives a mediatic context for some of the theories of “cognitive capitalism” (Boutang). And it is as important to think more closely of the political implications and applications of material media theory that has often had a hard time to find a joined tuned with “leftist” politics. But we also need critique of notions such as cognitive capitalism, or a need for specification that pins down the at times a bit idealising notions of the cognitive to the management cultures of creativity, software, work that characterise more closely for instance software work. Hence, the talk resonates with Fuller and Goffey’s Evil Media, and offers such a grey insight into cultural techniques of what grounds the supposed “cognitive”. And Shaviro wrote some excellent insights into Boutang’s notions early on:

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