ALIEN PROCESSES: REPRODUCTION & TIME

deadline for submissions: 
December 20, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Ekin Erkan/The New Centre of Research & Practice

The intensifying intimacy between humans and technology generates “de-naturalized” relations of body, cognition and time. This bodily experience of alienation is not solely technological, but also social. While we can try to escape denaturalization and alienation, we can also consider them as autonomous processes of production and reproduction.

Today, predictive processing determines how control is produced and reproduced technically, whether in drone warfare, high-speed trading, computerized borders, or facial recognition technologies. As attention-management, statistical parameters and machine learning emerge as nonlinear instruments, biology is no longer describable under the strict terms of biopower.

New processes of time production make explicit the artificiality of all measurements of time. As the production of computational time comes into conflict with the reproduction of familiar systems of human time, new forms of cyborg labor and informatic alienation arise.

The reproduction of labor not only informs its maintenance and distribution but also the production of socio-technological alternatives. The following questions can be raised: how do we take care not to reproduce the current conditions, but to transform them? What would such reproductive technologies mean for the practice of care as an alien act? How does this conception of the alien emerge and evolve as a new form of time?

The New Centre of Research & Practice invites graduate students, artists, thinkers and independent researchers to submit projects that engage with alienation, reproduction and the question of time. Sponsored by the Center for Transformative Media, the symposium will be held on February 1, 2020 at The New School. In addition to speakers presenting in person, the conference will also host remote speakers presenting via teleconferencing technology. Philosopher Reza Negarestani will begin the symposium with a keynote lecture. The symposium’s concluding keynote speaker will be announced shortly before the conference.

** Please email submissions to symposium@thenewcentre.org by December 20, 2019. Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length, formatted as Word documents (.doc, .docx) and accompanied by a short bio, attached separately. Please ensure that no identifying information is associated with the abstract to entrust a blind review.