Post by: Alexander Galloway


Transcoding, Transduction, Sampling, and Interpolation — The Four Interfaces

8 Nov , 2020  

During the 2020-2021 academic year I’m lucky enough to be co-leader (with prof. Emily Apter) of a research lab at NYU focused on questions of translation. Translation is a notoriously difficult topic, not only within theoretical discussions, but also as a practical art form. Translation is hard to think; it’s ...

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EconoFiction, PhiloFiction

Massumi’s Matheme

22 Okt , 2020  

In the past I’ve written on how to spot digital philosophers. But let’s name names. Who exactly do we mean? Digital philosophers are many: Democritus, Leibniz, Konrad Zuse, Wittgenstein (in the Tractatus but later he inverts), Edward Fredkin, Stephen Wolfram, and many others.

Analog philosophers are also observable in the wild. Deleuze ...

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Stiegler and Lacan — No Relation?

22 Sep , 2020  

I won’t bring up Lacan on Monday. But the non-encounter between Stiegler and Lacan recently struck me as important and I wanted to try to unravel the mystery…

Stiegler wrote frequently about technology and technical objects. But how does he compare to one of the key object theories, psychoanalysis? Surprisingly ...

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Let’s Spit on Hegel

28 Aug , 2020  

“Hegel is an asshole”–Karl Marx
“Hegel is an asshole”–Carla Lonzi
“Hegel is an asshole”–Gilles Deleuze
“Hegel is an asshole”–Rei Terada

Credit where credit’s due for today’s writing prompt: Carla Lonzi’s 1970 tract “Let’s Spit on Hegel,” originally published by the group Female Revolt [Rivolta Femminile], collected as a ...

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Bernard Stiegler – A glossary of terms

18 Aug , 2020  

stupidity (bêtise), irresponsibility, the corruption of attention, the rise in incivility and boorishness.

read here ...

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There is no rebellion (there’s only me earning a paycheck)

8 Jul , 2020  

Conspiracy has roared back into American culture, although perhaps it never left. QAnon, “Epstein brain,” 9/11 truthers, Russiagate, True Detective S02E06. Fueled by paranoia, the conspiracy theorist finds meaning in every detail, forcing the unrepresentable into the light of day (even if it doesn’t exist). When faced with meaninglessness, the ...

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No Demands

4 Jun , 2020  

They have helicopters and armored vehicles. They’re driving cars into crowds, firing teargas, and flash grenades. They’re beating people with batons and trampling them with horses. They’re murdering people in broad daylight. The brutality is flagrant and obscene. Yet “it’s not police brutality, it’s police practice,” as Professor Dylan ...

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Kant’s Fingers

18 Mai , 2020  

A brief follow up to the previous allusion to Kant…

In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant defined the analytic as containing a non-additive predicate, while the synthetic as having an additive predicate. While I still need to work out the details, it’s clear that Kant also implicates the digital ...

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In Praise of the Prophylactic

19 Apr , 2020  

Prophylaxis is on everyone’s mind these days. Oh what a reversal from only a few months ago, when the decades long march of promiscuous ontologies seemed unstoppable. Are freedom and mobility unquestionable virtues? Should everything touch everything else? Until recently the answer was an unmitigated YES. The Spinozians spoke of flat ontologies. ...

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The Paucity of Digital Theory

11 Apr , 2020  

A provocation: theories of the digital have generated very little digital theory. What do I mean? And why is this the case? First, one must separate the form of digital theory from the kinds of objects it wants to study. Thus a digital theory may make a claim about a digital object. ...

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A List of Qualities

19 Mrz , 2020  

It began with a list. When addressing “the birth of a new medium,” Janet Murray responded with a list of properties. Digital environments have four essential properties, she argued. Digital environments are procedural, participatory, spatial, and encyclopedic.

When tasked with the definition of “new media” a few years later, Lev ...

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21 Feb , 2020  

I wrote before about the anti-computer. Let me continue some of those themes, using instead an adjacent label, the uncomputer.

In an initial sense, the uncomputer comes out of whatever is subordinated or excluded as a result of the standard model of the digital. The excluded term might be the ...

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