Book launch – How To Be a Geek: Essays on the Culture of Software, by Matthew Fuller

Friday  24 November 2017, 18:30 – 21:00

Birkbeck, University of London

Keynes Library

43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Free event, but registration is required. Book here.

What would an adequate cultural theory of the changes brought about by computing look like? How would it work in relation to established forms of cultural and technical knowledge? What are the aesthetic and political dimensions of things such as algorithms, interfaces, encryption, and programming languages? The diversity and richness of computational processes and structures, as well as their commanding economic and political position, requires engaged and technically informed critical investigation and invention.

To mark the publication of Matthew Fuller’s new collection of essays How To Be a Geek: Essays on the Culture of Software, a panel of co-authors and collaborators on various chapters in this book will convene to present brief overviews of their work in this area. A wine reception will follow the presentations.

Matthew Fuller (Goldsmiths, author of Media Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture and co-author of Evil Media)

M. Beatrice Fazi (Digital Humanities Lab, Sussex, author of Contingent Computation: Abstraction, Experience and Indeterminacy in Computational Aesthetics)

Andrew Goffey (University of Nottingham, co-author of Evil Media)

Olga Goriunova (Royal Holloway, author of Art Platforms and Cultural Production on the Internet)

Graham Harwood (Goldsmiths, and

Adrian Mackenzie (Lancaster, author of Machine Learners)

Nikita Mazurov (Malmo University and SecDev)

This event is hosted by the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology at Birkbeck.

For more information contact Joel McKim.