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Political Technologies in Crisis: Spring/Summer 2017 Seminars
Sam Samiee, Why So Serious? Or Gutten Morgen Anslem!, detail, Acrylic on canvas, 260cmx300cm 2014.
Sam Samiee, Why So Serious? Or Gutten Morgen Anslem!, detail, Acrylic on canvas, 260cmx300cm 2014.

We are very pleased to announce our spring/summer 2017 lineup of seminars, beginning Monday, January 23 with Paul Feigelfeld’s seminar on the infrastructural intelligence. The seminar includes a timely cryptology workshop, engaging PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), Tor (Anonymity Network), encrypted messaging, and Tails Linux, amongst other systems.

In February, VNS Matrix co-founder Virginia Barratt and Laboria Cuboniks member Petra lo Kendall will co-teach “The Future is Unmanned: Technologies for Corrupt Feminisms.” The class will feature an array of guests including Donna Haraway, Sandy Stone, and several others concerned with the relationship between technocultures, technofutures, and technosubjectivities.

Additionally, Stefan Heidenreich’s seminar engages ‘money’ as the central medium of an economy, whose job is the allocation of tasks and distribution of goods and services, and prefigures a post-monetary economic system which would replace money and currency altogether.

Then in March, Reza Negarestani leads a seminar on Plato, “A Reality Game in Four Levels,” informed by analytic and continental readings as well as the Tübingen school of Platonic studies that seeks to integrate the formal and dramatic characteristics of the dialogues into full-fledged cosmological thought.

On our seminar age, you will find out more information about these seminars as well as the ones we have planned by John Bova, Levi Bryant, Victoria Ivanova, Katerina Kolozova, David Löffler, Anne-Françoise Schmid & Alice Rekab, and Mohammad Salemy & Ashkan Sepahvand. We will be announcing more seminars on our website into the summer by other scholars and thinkers. Please visit our website and Facebook page regularly for these and other events.

The New Centre for Research & Practice enjoyed an outstanding 2016, which included our collaboration with the 11th Gwangju Biennale: The Eighth Climate,
The New Centre’s #AGI Summer Residency partnerships with The New School for Social Research & Pratt Institute, nineteen seminars, and several roundtables and reading groups including those on Antoine Bousquet, Andrew McLuhan, Isabelle Stengers, Bernard Stiegler. We published For Machine Use Only (&&& Publishing 2016, edited by Mohammad Salemy), collaborated on the publication of Reinventing Horizons with Tranzit Display in Prague, and continued the development of our journal &&&. In addition, we successfully placed several of our certificate students into a range of graduate degree programs, while welcoming a number of new certificate students into our institution. To view the complete list of our activities in 2016, please visit thenewcentre.org.

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