|24 Jun 2020||16:00 - 17:30||Online event|
CDH Open Series
The Computational Production of the New: On Aesthetics, Creativity and Digital Technologies
Speaker: M. Beatrice Fazi
Can computation generate the new? M. Beatrice Fazi argues that engaging with such question involves addressing computation aesthetically. Drawing from her monograph Contingent Computation (2018), Fazi will discuss aesthetics as concerning creation and reality’s potential for self-actualisation. This talk will demonstrate that aesthetics is a viable mode of addressing computational systems precisely because such generative potential is inherent to the axiomatic, discrete and formal structures of digital technologies. Novelty in computation is then expressed not by computers doing something strange or unexpected, but by a computational process that does what it is supposed to do.
Discussant: Joshua Scannell, The New School (USA)
Chair: Caroline Bassett, CDH Director, Cambridge.
Beatrice Fazi is Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. Her primary areas of expertise are the philosophy of computation, the philosophy of technology and the emerging field of media philosophy.
Josh Scannell is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Theory at The New School’s School of Media Studies. Prior to joining The New School, he taught sociology and women, gender, and sexuality studies at Hunter College, and Queens College, CUNY, and in the Media Culture and Communication department at NYU Steinhardt
The article ‘Digital Aesthetics: The Discrete and the Continuous’. Theory, Culture & Society, 36(1): 3–26. is available here: https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276418770243 and would be helpful to read before the event.
Please email Karen Herbane at CDH to register for the event.