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 29 June 2016

Dear all,

The second meeting of the Vasari Research Centre hosted Digital Aesthetics Reading Group will take place on 29 June from 4pm to 6pm in the Vasari Centre.

Our topic this meeting will be a broad examination of the theories and methodologies of the Digital Humanities with a focus on literary critic Franco Moretti (a proponent of quantitative measurement within the humanities) and some of the current debates surrounding the field. PDF texts by Moretti and Maciej Eder are available upon request and we will also draw from the following online resources.

Review of Moretti’s Distant Reading:

LARB Critique of Digital Humanities:

Response to LARB Critique:

Hope you can join us.

All the best,

Dr Joel McKim

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Yuk Hui – For a Realism of Relations: The Case of Digital Objects 17 June 2016

Yuk Hui – For a Realism of Relations: The Case of Digital Objects

17 June 3pm – 5pm, Birkbeck Cinema

The Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology at Birkbeck is pleased to welcome Yuk Hui on 17 June, 2016.

In this talk, Yuk Hui will discuss his recent book On the Existence of Digital Objects, which is an investigation of digital objects in light of the proliferation of computational ontologies, and situates this phenomenon within both the history of philosophy and computation. This central thesis of the book is to develop a theory of relations in order to understand objects and to politicize the existence of digital objects, by drawing from Simondon, Heidegger and Husserl.

The talk will be followed by a response from Vasari Research Centre director Joel McKim and a Q&A with the audience.

Yuk Hui is currently research associate at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media of Leuphana University Lüneburg; previous to that, he was postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He is editor (with Andreas Broeckmann) of 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (2015), and author of On the Existence of Digital Objects (prefaced by Bernard Stiegler, University of Minnesota Press, 2016).



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