Dr Luciana Parisi
Senior Lecturer/Convenor of PhD Cultural Studies
+44 (0)20 7919 7849
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
“Thought-Experiment” paper presented at the one-day workshop, ‘The happening of the social: devices, sites and methods', Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths University.
“Topo-Ontology”, paper presented at the Symposium “Topology for culture: metaphors and tools”, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam.
“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.
Invited research visit to the participatory International three-days event for research creation “Housing the body”, University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada.
“Soft Space”, paper presented at the International Conference, Ubiquitous Media, Asian Transformations, Tokyo, 13-16 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.
“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.
“The Adventures of a Body”, paper presented at the two-days conference, Queering the Future, University College Dublin, Ireland.
Dr Luciana Parisi’s research looks at the asymmetric relationship between science and philosophy, aesthetics and culture, technology and politics to investigate potential conditions for ontological and epistemological change. Her work on cybernetics and information theories, evolutionary theories, genetic coding and viral transmission has informed her analysis of culture and politics, the critique of capitalism, power and control. During the late 90s she worked with the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick and has since been writing with Steve Goodman (aka kode 9). In 2004, she published Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Continuum Press), where she departed from the critical impasse between notions of the body, sexuality, gender on the one hand, and studies of science and technologies on the other. Her work engaged with ontological and epistemological transformations entangled to the technocapitalist development of biotechnologies, which un-intentionally re-articulated models of evolutions, questioning dominant conceptions of sex, femininity and desire. Since the publication of Abstract Sex, she has also written on the bionic transformation of the perceptive sensorium triggered by new media, on the advancement of new techno-ecologies of control, and on the nanoengineering of matter. She has published articles about the relation between cybernetic machines, memory and perception in the context of a non-phenomenological critique of computational media and in relation to emerging 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. She is currently writing on architectural modeling and completing a monograph: Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and the Control of Space (MIT Press, forthcoming).
2004 Abstract Sex. Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire, “Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy”, London and New York, Continuum Press.
(forthcoming) Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and the Control of Space, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press.
“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.
“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).