Luciana Parisi, "Recursive Colonialism and Speculative Computation"


Speaker(s): Luciana Parisi
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Talk description:

Recursivity is a generic dispositif of power at the core of the colonial logic of capital. It defines the entanglement of algorithmic functions in computational prediction with the rules of knowing. Recursive algorithms give us the droste effect of a spiral of the same. Today, recursivity returns in the automated condition of planetary incarceration through hyperdisciplinary confinement and necropolitical killing enmeshed with algorithmic solutions of self-governance packed in our mobile phones. However, since speculative computation has indeterminacy as input, it has the capacity to trans-originate collective, cosmotechnical, abolitionist conditions of knowing. The COVID-19 contingency summons us to refuse the recursive violence defining immunity and to embrace the mutations of collective desire demanding the total abolition of the exceptional auto-immunity of the Universal Man.

Speaker bio:

Luciana Parisi's research is a philosophical investigation of technology in culture, aesthetics and politics. She is a Professor in Media Philosophy at the Program in Literature and Computational Media, Arts & Cultures at Duke University, and the author of Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire and Computation, Aesthetics and Space.

Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)


Art, Art History & Visual Studies; Computational Media, Arts & Cultures; English; Literature

Luciana Parisi, "Recursive Colonialism and Speculative Computation"


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