Digital Aesthetics Reading Group: 14 October 2016 3pm

The next meeting of the Vasari Research Centre hosted Digital Aesthetics Reading Group will take place on 14 October from 3pm to 5pm in the Vasari (43 Gordon Square.

The topic of this meeting will be an introduction to the writings of Gilbert Simondon. Simondon is an important mid-century French philosopher of technology (an inspirational figure for Gilles Deleuze, Bernard Stiegler, Isabelle Stengers, Bruno Latour…). This is an opportune time to look at Simondon as his major texts will soon be published in English. Yuk Hui from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg will return to the Vasari to act as a guest moderator for this discussion. Yuk is a leading commentator on Simondon, so this is a nice opportunity to read alongside an authority on the subject.

Yuk has selected the following readings (please select links): an essay entitled “Technical Mentality” and a short section of Simondon’s On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects, entitled “Technical Individualization.”

I hope some of you will be able join us, but please do let me know, as spaces are limited.


All the best,


Joel McKim

Director of Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology

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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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