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Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

Alexander R. Galloway: "How Did the Computer Learn to See?" Event

Discrete cosine transform (DCT) bas
16:00 - 18:00
30 May 2017
Lecture Theatre B, Winchester School of Art

For more information regarding this event, please email Professor Jussi Parikka at .

Event details

AMT is hosting a visiting guest talk by the internationally acclaimed media theorist Alexander Galloway from New York University. Professor Galloway will speak about contemporary technologies of vision and address computational ways of seeing the world. Below more information about Galloway’s talk and background.

How did the computer learn to see? A common response to the question is that the computer learned to see from cinema and photography, that is, from modernity's most highly evolved technologies of vision. In this talk we will explore a different response to the question, that the computer learned to see not from cinema but from sculpture. With reference to the work of contemporary artists, along with techniques for digital image compression, we will explore the uniquely computational way of seeing the world.


(Image: Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) basis functions.)

Speaker information

Professor Alexander Galloway, New York University, is a writer and computer programmer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. He is author of several books, most recently a monograph on the work of François Laruelle, and is a professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.

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