Please join the Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures for two upcoming talks: Mark Andrejevic on Thursday, May 21st at 11:00 AM and Colin Gardner on Thursday, June 4th at 11:00 AM. Both talks require an RSVP (links below) and lunch will be provided. And as always, please feel free to distribute these announcements widely to your networks!
Drone Theory: Automated Data Collection and Processing and the Always-On War
Thurs, May 21 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | 1246 Social Sciences & Humanities
Lunch Provided RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/6F8cvLnJqW
This presentationis not about drones per se — or even war per se; but rather about the deployment of ubiquitous, always-on, networked sensors for the purposes of automated data collection, processing, and response. It is also about the ways in which the logic of drone warfare: prediction and pre-emption, come to characterize a wide realm of social practices: marketing, job screening, health care, romance, and more. The presentation considers the ways in which some contemporary strands of critical theory replicate and rehearse the logics of data-driven droning: the advent of drone theory.
Mark Andrejevic is a Professor in the Department of Media Studies, Pomona College. He is the author of Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched; iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era; and Infoglut: How Too Much Information is Changing the Way we Think and Know, as well as articles and book chapters on surveillance, popular culture, and digital media. He is currently working on a book about drones and the automation of surveillance response.
Louis Malle’s Kleistian War Machine:
Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Woman, Becoming-Imperceptible in Black Moon
Thurs, June 4th | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM |126 Voorhies
Lunch Provided | RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/rSdf6g5YUw
Reading the battle of the sexes in Louis Malle’s Black Moon (1975) through the paradigm of Kleist’s Penthesilea, this essay explores Deleuze and Guattari’s assertion in A Thousand Plateaus that, “If becoming-woman is the first quantum, or molecular segment, with the becomings-animal that link up with it coming next, what are they all rushing toward? Without a doubt, toward becoming-imperceptible. The imperceptible is the immanent end of becoming, its cosmic formula” (279). More importantly, this molecular assemblage is connected directly to the Kleistian war machine, that pure form of exteriority or deterritorialization, a “climate of infection” where one multiplicity of bodies is invaded by another, producing a series of affective encounters and lines of flight. It is in this sense that, “All of Kleist’s work is traversed by a war machine invoked against the state” (268). In Black Moon, Malle’s battle of the sexes is now superseded through the catalytic intervention of animal becoming, producing a deterritorialized velocity of affect, a form of waking dream that releases the utopian promise of an uncoded, intensive love: the fulfillment of what Mathieu Carrière calls "Kleist’s great desire–to live as two in madness."
Colin Gardner is Professor of CriticalTheory and Integrative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches in the departments of Art, Film & Media Studies, Comparative Literature, and the History of Art and Architecture.Gardner has published two books in Manchester University Press’s “British Film Makers” series: Joseph Losey (2004), and Karel Reisz (2006). His latest book is Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event: Peephole Art, a critical analysis of Samuel Beckett’s experimental work for film and television and its relation to the philosophical writings of Deleuze and Guattari.