[spectre] Launch of Centre for Postdigital Cultures

Gary Hall mail at garyhall.info
Tue Jan 9 17:19:37 CET 2018

*7^th  February 3.00pm Disruptive Media Learning Lab (Coventry University)*

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You are invited to the launch of the *Centre for Postdigital Cultures 
*(CPC), a new Faculty Research Centre at Coventry University, UK. The 
launch will include keynote talks by 3 internationally esteemed speakers:

*Cornelia Sollfrank* (artist, researcher and educator)

*Monika Bakke*(Adam Mickiewicz University)

*Mark Amerika* (University of Colorado Boulder) (tbc)

Sign up here 
to attend and to:

    §Listen to talks by ground breaking theorists and artists

    §Find out about Coventry University’s newest research centre

    §Meet the Postdigital Cultures community

    §Enjoy a unique performance from the Sound Book Project and a glass
    of wine!


The Centre for Postdigital Cultures brings together media theorists, 
practitioners, activists and artists. It draws on cross-disciplinary 
ideas associated with open and disruptive media, the posthuman, the 
posthumanities, the Anthropocene and the Capitalocene to explore how 
innovations in postdigital cultures can help 21st century society to 
respond to the challenges it faces at a global, national and local level:

  * how we receive, consume and process information
  * how we learn, work, and travel
  * how we engage and regenerate our communities **

In particular, the Centre for Postdigital Cultures endeavours to promote 
the transformation to a more socially just and sustainable 
‘post-capitalist’ knowledge economy. To this end, the CPC’s research 
includes projects funded by Jisc, the EU, the National Lottery Fund, and 
the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Members of the CPC are 
involved in editorial work for peer-reviewed journals such as /Cultural 
Studies/ and /Culture Machine/, and in developing innovative 
organisations such as Open Humanities Press and the Radical Open Access 

*What Do We Mean By Postdigital Cultures?*

The Centre for Postdigital Culturesbelongs to the broader digital 
humanities field. Today, however, ‘the digital’ can no longer be 
understood as a separate domain of media and culture. If we actually 
examine the digital - rather than taking it for granted we know what it 
means - we soon see that digital information processing is now present 
in every aspect of our lives. This includes our global communication, 
entertainment, education, energy, banking, health, transport, 
manufacturing, food, and water-supply systems. The very idea of digital 
humanities – based as it is on a presumed difference between computing 
and the digital on the one hand, and the humanistic and human on the 
other – is therefore somewhat anachronistic and inappropriate. Attention 
therefore needs to turn from ‘the digital’ to the various overlapping 
processes and infrastructures that shape and organise the digital, and 
that the digital helps to shape and organise in turn. The CPC 
investigates such enmeshed digital models of culture, society, and the 
creative economy for the 21^st  century world.

This is why the CPC has adopted the term /postdigital cultures/. 
Postdigital cultures describes what comes: after the digital; after the 
digital humanities; and after the humanities - including humanism and 
the human (i.e. the posthumanities).

Research areas covered by the centre include:

·Post-capitalist Economies

·Creative Archiving and International Heritage

·Digital Arts and Humanities


·Affirmative Disruption and Open Media

·The 21st Century University and Art School

One of the aims of the CPCis to envisage alternative forms for society 
in the 21st century world of postdigital media cultures, beyond the 
all-pervasive algorithmic surveillance and control of market capitalism 
and its metrics. Exploring issues of collaboration, community, the 
commons and the ‘Capitalocene’, the goal is to facilitate new 
articulations of culture and society that call for a radical rethinking 
of the relationship between the human, technology, the economy and the 

To celebrate our launch we have invited 3 internationally esteemed 
artists and academics to deliver public keynote lectures, which will be 
followed by a drinks reception and a performance by the Sound Book 
Project <https://www.soundbookproject.com/>.


The Disruptive Media Learning Lab, 3^rd  floor, Lanchester Library, 
Coventry University.


February 7^th  3-8pm

*Schedule (tbc):*

3:00-3:15pm: Opening introduction

3:15-4:00pm: Keynote Monika Bakke

4:00-4:45pm: Keynote Cornelia Sollfrank

4:45-5:15pm:               Coffee break

5:15-6:00pm: Keynote Mark Amerika (tbc) and closing

6:00-8:00pm:               Wine reception and performance by the Sound 
Book Project <https://www.soundbookproject.com/>

Sound Book Project is a group of collaborating artists and musicians who 
use books as instruments.Books will be wound, sprung, strummed, slapped 
and thrown to create a soundscape that evolves around the performers. By 
interacting with books in new and surprising ways, the Sound Book 
Project enable books to speak for themselves.

Gary Hall, http://www.garyhall.info
Professor of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University
Director of Open Humanities Press: http://www.openhumanitiespress.org

The Inhumanist Manifesto: Extended Play.
Available for free here: http://art.colorado.edu/research/Hall_Inhumanist-Manifesto.pdf

'Posthumanities: The Dark Side of "The Dark Side of the Digital"' (with Janneke Adema).
Available for free here: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/3336451.0019.201

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