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Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography and Social Thought Presents a Discussion with Alexander Galloway on His Paper “Jodi’s Infrastructure”

GIDEST Seminar

Alexander Galloway
Friday, February 16, 12-1:30pm

Please join Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography and Social Thoughtin the GIDEST Lab, room 411, 63 Fifth Avenue, at 12pm on Friday, February 16, for a discussion with Alexander Galloway, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, on his paper “Jodi’s Infrastructure.”

Seminar participants are asked to prepare by reading Professor Galloway’s paper, available on our website at

This event is co-sponsored with the Integrative PhD Fellowship Program.

In his GIDEST seminar, Alexander Galloway asks, “What does it mean to talk about digital media?” Digital aesthetics, he argues, can refer to the medium of the digital, that is, “all the tools and technologies that populate contemporary life.” At the same time, digital aesthetics can refer to context, that is, a digital context or a net condition. “Artists have their own particular ideas about digital aesthetics as do computer scientists, and sometimes these ideas overlap and sometimes they don’t.” Examining digital aesthetics through the materiality of contemporary media, he wants to know: what kind of medium is the computer?

Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. A professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, he is the author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012), Laruelle: Against the Digital (2014), and, with Eugene Thacker and MacKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation (2013), which forms part of his Allegories of Control trilogy, along with Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (2004) and Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (2006).

Next event: GIDEST Seminar, March 9, with Jeanine Oleson.
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