Atomization and Recomposition: A Machine-Learning Approach to the History of Technology
About the series: This lecture series examines prosthetic and machinic embodied practices since classical antiquity in relation to posthumanism and the radical biotechnological interventions of modern science. The lectures engage with the distinction between what might be considered prosthetic or machinic as not stable or given, bringing to the fore how technological practices have throughout history shaken the foundations of classic divisions between self and non-self, organism and environment, mind and body, and nature and culture.
The focus is on three main themes: agency as an expansive category encompassing technological, medical, and political practices (Giulia Maria Chesi; Sara Chiarini; Aaron Kachuck; Sofia Varino); affect as the technosomatic interface for interactions between humans and machines (Margrit Shildrick; Maria Gerolemou; Tariq Masood); Language, text, knowledge production and codification as materially mediated and enacted through mathematical, computational, digital, neurocognitive, and robotic structures (Matteo Valleriani; Serafina Cuomo; Nora Götze; Camilla Campedelli).
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