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Centre for Cultural Studies

Dr Luciana Parisi

Position held:
Reader/Convenor of PhD Cultural Studies

+44 (0)20 7919 7849

l.parisi (@gold.ac.uk)

Presentations and exhibitions

2010 “Algorithmic Architecture and Computational Aesthetics” Lost in Space. A Two-Days Workshop at UCL (Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience UCL, Centre for Evolutionary Computing UEL), 3-4th December.
(with Stamatia Portanova) “Soft Thought in Architecture and Choreography” paper to be presented at A Billion Gadget Minds: Thinking Widgets, Data and Workflow. A One Day Workshop at the Swedenborg Society, London Thursday 21st October from 10 until 6.
“Algorithmic Sex and Evolution” paper presented at The Sexes of Evolution: Continental Philosophy, Feminist Theory, and Evolutionary Theory, The Spiendel Philosophy Conference 2009, The University of Memphis, Department of Philosophy, September 24-26
“Abstract Spatium: Deleuze and Whitehead via algorithmic architecture” paper presented at Connect-Deleuze International Conference, University of Cologne Germany, August 10-13
2007 December
“Thought-Experiment” paper presented at the one-day workshop, ‘The happening of the social: devices, sites and methods', Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University.
2007 November
“Topo-Ontology”, paper presented at the Symposium “Topology for culture: metaphors and tools”, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam.
2007 September
“Value in Bioeconomic Complexity” paper presented at the International workshop ‘Measure for Measure. A workshop on Value from Below’, Goodenough College, University of London, Queens’ Mary University, Mecklenburgh Square, WC1.
2007 August
Invited research visit to the participatory International three-days event for research creation “Housing the body”, University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada.
2007 July
“Soft Space”, paper presented at the International Conference, Ubiquitous Media, Asian Transformations, Tokyo, 13-16 July.
2007 July
“Topologies of Media”, two cross-disciplinary panels of cultural theorists, architects, interactive media artists, organized for the International Conference, Ubiquitous Media, Asian Transformations, Tokyo, 13-16 July.
2006 October
“The Architectonics of Differentiation” paper presented at the one-day symposium “Generation: On Feminist Time-Lines” organized by Prof. Rosi Braidotti together with Department of Sociology and Media and Communication, Goldsmiths University of London.
2006 July
“The Adventures of a Body”, paper presented at the two-days conference, Queering the Future, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Research interests

Dr Luciana Parisi is Reader in Cultural Studies and Director of the PhD programme at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London. Her research focuses on philosophy and science to investigate potential conditions for ontological and epistemological change in culture, aesthetic and politics.  Specifically engaging with cybernetics, information theories, and evolutionary theories, her work analyses the radical transformations of the body, nature, matter and thought led by the technocapitalist development of biotechnologies and computation. In 2004, she published Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Continuum Press). She has also written within the field of  Media Philosophy and analysed the bionic transformation of the perceptive sensorium triggered by digital media, the advancement of new techno-ecologies of control, and the nanoengineering of matter.  She has published articles on the cybernetic re-wiring of memory and perception in the context of a non-phenomenological critique of computational media vis a vis strategies of branding and marketing. Her interest in interactive media has also led her research to engage more closely with computation, cognition, and algorithmic aesthetics. In 2013, she published Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and the Control of Space  (MIT Press).

Selected publications

Single-published Books

2004 Abstract Sex. Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire, “Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy”, London and New York, Continuum Press.

2013 Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and Space, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press.
Forthcoming articles
“Nanoarchitectures: the arrival of synthetic matter.” EVOLUTION HAUTE COUTURE: ART AND SCIENCE IN THE POST-BIOLOGICAL AGE, Dmitry Bulatov (ed.), National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow) Kaliningrad KB NCCA (www.ncca.ru ).

“From Experiment to Speculation: a device for the unattainable” Inventive Methods. The Happening of the Social. Lury Celia, Nina Wakeford (eds), Routledge, 978-0-414-57481-5

(with Steve Goodman) “Mnemonic Control” Patricia Clough (eds) Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death. Durham: Duke University Press.
Published Articles
“Event and Evolution” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Special Issue: The Sexes of Evolution: Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and Evolutionary Theory, Volume 48, pages 147–164, September 2010.

(with Steve Goodman) “Machines of Memory” Susannah Radstone (eds) Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates, Fordham Press, 2010, 343-363. ISBN: 9780823232604
 “An Archigenesis of Experience” Australian Feminist Studies, Volume 24, Number 59, March 2009, 39-53. ISNN 0816-4649
“Symbiotic Architecture: Prehending Digitality” Explorations In Critical and Social Science, Special Issue on Ubiquitous Media, Theory, Culture and Society, Sage, Volume 26, Numbers 2-3, March-May 2009,  p 346-374, DOI 10.1177/0263276409103104.
“The Adventures of Sex” Deleuze and Queer Theory, C. Nigianni and M. Storr (eds), Edinburgh University Press, 2009, 72-92. ISNBN 978 0 74863405 7
“Technoecologies of Sensation and Control” Deleuze and Guattari and Ecology, Pelgrave Macmillan, 2009, 182-200. ISBN 10-230-52744-7.
“Uncommon Bestiary” A Review of Matteo Pasquinelli's book, Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons, MetaMute. Culture and Politics After the Net. http://www.metamute.org/en/content/uncommon_bestiary
(with Steve Goodman) “Extensive Continuum: Towards a Rhythmic Anarchitecture” Rhythmic Nexus. The Felt Togetherness of Movement and Thought, Inflections: N. 2, January 2009, http://www.senselab.ca/inflexions/volume_3/issues.html
“What can biotechnology do? Process-events vs the bio-logic of life.” Review of Eugene Thacker, 2005, The Global Genome, Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture, (MIT Press). Theory, Culture and Society, Mike Featherstone (eds.) Vol.26-2/3 March-May.
Luciana Parisi “The Nanoengineering of Desire”  Queering the Non/Human, Ed. N. Goffney and M. J. Hird, Hashgate, 2008, 283- 311. ISBN 978-0-7546-7128-2
_________ “ Die Nanogestaltung des Begehrens” Gender Goes Life, Die Lebenswissenschaften Als Herausforderung, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2008, 63-93. ISBN 978-3-89942-832-2
“Biotech: life by contagion”, article for Special Issue on ‘Life’s (re)-emergence: Philosophy, Culture, and Politics’, Theory, Culture and Society, Mike Featherstone (eds.)

“Generative Classification” entry for Problematizing Global Knowledge and the New Encyclopaedia Project. Theory, Culture, Society, Volume 23, No. 2-3. 02_062529
 “Dividing the Species: Race, Science and Culture” a dialogue with science writer Marek   Khon, special issue on Multiculturalism and Science (Mute magazine vol 2 #2)
(with Steve Goodman) “The affect of nanoterror”, article for Special Issue on ‘Biopolitics’, Culture Machine, Vol 6. 

“Virtual matter in bioinformatic capitalism” article for the book Thinking Materiality. Studies on Technological Embodiment, transcript Verlag, Communication, Culture and Social Practices Series, Bath C. et al (eds.), Bielefeld pp.117-140, ISBN 3-89942-336-4.

“For a schizogenesis of sexual difference” in Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, ISSN 1409-9268.
 “Information trading and symbiotic micropolitics”, article for Special Issue on ‘Technoscience’, Patricia Clough (eds.) Social Text, Issue 80; 22:3; Fall, Duke Press.
(with Tiziana Terranova) “A matter of affect: videogames and the cybernetic rewiring of vision”, article for Special Issue on ‘Immanent Trajectories’, Simonds, Swidoba and Turner (eds.), Parallax 21, Volume 7, n. 4. October-December.
(with Tiziana Terranova), “Heat Death: emergence and control in genetic engineering and artificial life" article for “CTHEORY, THEORY, TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE, VOL 23, NO 1-2, Article 84[I] 05/10/00 (http://www.tao.ca/fire/ctheory/0119.html).

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