See Joanna's website: http://www.joannazylinska.net
Joanna Zylinska is a cultural theorist writing on new technologies and new media, ethics and art. She is the author of four books - most recently, Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (with Sarah Kember; MIT Press, 2012) and Bioethics in the Age of New Media (MIT Press, 2009). She is also a translator of Stanislaw Lem's major philosophical treatise, Summa Technologiae (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
Together with Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Open Humanities Press, she runs the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life - consisting of a series of co-edited, electronic open access books about life which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences.
She combines her philosophical writings with photographic art practice. Her current projects involve photographing media entanglements and writing a book provisionally titled Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene.
See an interview about Joanna's intellectual formation, academic career and current work in the Canadian journal Figure/Ground.
In 2013 Joanna served as Artistic Director of the 5th Festival of New Media Art and Video Transitio_MX 05 in Mexico City. The biggest new media festival in Latin America, this biennial festival, first launched in 2005, was supported by the Mexican Ministry of Culture (CONACULTA) and Mexico’s National Centre for the Arts (Cenart). Taking place from the 20th to the 29th of September 2013, the festival consisted of seven simultaneous exhibitions in some of the most prestigious arts venues in Mexico City (e.g. Cenart, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Fonoteca Nacional), a symposium, a competition for international and Mexican artists and a series of workshops. You can see the festival website, interviews (in Spanish) in the Mexican journals Codigo: magazine of architecture, art and design and Arquine: magazine of architecture, and with the Mexican TV channel El Muro and videos from Goldsmiths' symposium on Biomediations that served as a satellite event to the festival.
Joanna Zylinska teaches the following courses:
- Media Arts (first-year undergraduate core course)
- Technology and Cultural Form: Debates, Models, Dialogues (core course on MA Digital Media)
She also conbtributes to the PhD Methods course, interdepartmental MA Gender, Media and Culture and PG Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching in HE.
Areas of supervision
Past and current MPhil/PhD students supervised:
- Federica Frabetti, ‘Technology Made Legible: A Cultural Study of Software as a Form of Writing in the Theories and Practices of Software Engineering’
- Gabriela Mendez Cota, ‘The Genetic Contamination of Mexican Nationalism: Biotechnology and Cultural Politics’
- Adam Bales, ‘Vernacular Photography’
- Ben Craggs, ‘Technology and Bioart’
- Natalie Dixon, ‘Affect and Mobile Telephony’
- Panagiota Nigianni, ‘Affective Mediation and Relationality as Agential Modes in Media Arts’
- Paolo Ruffino, ‘Gamers' Games, or the Invention of Video Game Consumers’
- Phaedra Shanbaum, ‘Art and the Interface’
Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process
Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene
Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process
Bioethics in the Age of New Media
The Ethics of Cultural Studies
On Spiders, Cyborgs and Being Scared: the Feminine and the Sublime
On Bad Archives, Unruly Snappers and Liquid Photographs
Playing God, Playing Adam: The Politics and Ethics of Enhancement
'Visuell kultur og Det etiske imperativ' (Visual culture and the ethical imperative)
I Don’t Go to the Movies
‘Creative Media between Invention and Critique, or What’s Still at Stake in Performativity’
You Killed Barack Obama, 2008
The Secret of Life: Bioethics between Corporeal and Corporate Obligations
'Of Swans and Ugly Ducklings: Bioethics between Humans, Animals and Machines'
Bioethics Otherwise, or, How to Live with Machines, Humans, and Other Animals
Is There Life in Cybernetics?: Designing a Posthumanist Bioethics
Creative Media: performance, invention, critique
'Who is my Neighbor?': Ethics under Duress
Conference or Workshop Item
Post-masculinist philosophy, or how to think like a girl: minimal ethics on a universal scale