Digital Aesthetics Reading Group – 27 October 2017 4-6pm

The first meeting of this year’s Digital Aesthetics Reading Group will take place on the 27th of October from 4pm to 6pm in the Vasari.

For this session we will explore the theme of “The Interface,” led by Dr. Scott Rodgers. Scott has chosen the following texts for us to read:

The chapter “The Unworkable Interface” from Alexander Galloway’s The Interface Effect:


And the chapter “Interface” from James Ash’s The Interface Envelope: Gaming, Technology, Power:

The Architecture, Space and Society Centre lecture by Douglas Spencer is that evening at 6pm, so we will wrap up in time to attend.

All the best,




Dr. Joel McKim

Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

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Digital Aesthetics Reading Group – 21 March 2017 3pm


The next meeting of the Vasari Research Centre hosted Digital Aesthetics Reading Group will take place on the 21st of March from 3pm to 5pm in the Vasari Centre, 43 Gordon Square.

For this meeting we will be reading the work of French philosopher Bernard Stiegler. The readings, a short essay entitled “Suffocated Desire, Or How the Cultural Industry Destroys the Individual” and two excerpts from Stiegler’s book Symbolic Misery, are available as pdfs upon request. I hope some of you will be able to join us on the 21st.

All best wishes,


Dr. Joel McKim

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Digital Aesthetics Reading Group: 4th May 2016

School of Arts Research Students are invited to attend the inaugural meeting of the Digital Aesthetics Reading Group on Wednesday 4 May from 6-8pm. The reading group is organized by the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology and meetings will be held in the Vasari (basement of 43 Gordon Square, below the cinema). The reading group is an opportunity for Birkbeck staff and graduate students interested in digital culture and aesthetics to gather and discuss relevant texts, artworks and developments in the field.

For this first meeting we will discuss a chapter from Orit Halpern’s recent book Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945 and screen a selection of film work produced by the designers Ray and Charles Eames.

Please find attached reading here: Halpern Beautiful Data

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