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Techno-Aesthesis and Drone Vision

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Friday, October 12, 2018
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9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Mark B.N. Hansen
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About the presentation: "With the aim of sketching out an aesthetics that links humans and machines, my talk will explore aesthesis (or "worldly sensibility") as a relationality that crosses the divide(s) separating the living and the technical. Theoretically, I will mobilize French philosopher Gilbert Simondon's conception of information as receptivity without a pregiven receiver to explore the operation of environmental individuation and the double role that technical media play in it - as intensifier of human sensitivity to the environment and as surrogate "presentifier" of the causal lineages informing both human and environmental individuations. By thinking with some selected artworks that engage the problem of "drone vision" - the paradoxical invisibility to humans of a machinic domain of sense - I will unpack how humans share worldly sensibility with machines. Ultimately, the question I ask is: can and how can a neo-Simondonian "techno-aesthetics" mediate algorithmic culture for human experience without reducing technical operations to narrowly human sensory registers?"

About the speaker: Mark B. N. Hansen is Professor of Literature at Duke University. His research focuses on the role of technology in human agency and social life.

Contact: Sarah Rogers