April 4, 2019

"The Concept of the Digital"

Alexander Galloway
Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University

Alexander Galloway, professor of media, culture and communication at New York University, will speak on "The Concept of the Digital" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in FA-258.

What is the digital? The question is typically answered via reference to things — things like Twitter, Playstation or computers in general. Indeed the definition of "digital" is often given through various descriptions of the latest commercial ventures and the industrial techniques that provide their footing. Yet the digital is not a description of a media artifact so much as it is a specific mode of thinking and being. In this lecture, we will define the digital explicitly, not merely by reference to actually existing media technologies, but also, and perhaps more importantly, as a specific event within philosophy.


Feb. 28, 2019

"Art/Archaeology: Beyond an Archaeology of Art"

Doug Bailey
Professor of Archaeology at San Francisco State University

Doug Bailey, professor of archaeology at San Francisco State University, will speak on "Art/Archaeology: Beyond at Archaeology of Art" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in FA-258.

How do we move beyond practicing an archaeology of art that normally sees artifacts as art objects for us to examine and interpret? In this lecture, I suggest that one way forward is to explore the potentials of an art/archaeology. My proposal is that we should move beyond traditional efforts to explain or interpret the past, and that we do this in a creative way that has impact on contemporary societies. To make such a move is to break with long-standing traditions of archaeological practice and thinking. An art/archaeology follows three steps: disarticulation (i.e., to break an object from its historical context); repurposing (i.e., to use that object as a raw material to make new creative work); and disruption (i.e., to fashion that new creative work in such a way that it has impact in contemporary social and political debate).