Dr Ramon Amaro

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email ramon.amaro (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Ramon Amaro

While many studies in race and technology examine the social, economic and political implications of racialised practices in machine learning and data applications (such as the impact of data bias and algorithmic prejudice on racialised subjects), Ramon's work emerges at the level of enumerative logics to examine pathological organisations of the self that may inform the conditions of sentient and non-sentient sociality, as well as, he argues, the engineering of difference in socio-technical ecologies. Drawing on the work of Frantz Fanon, Sylvia Wynter and Gilbert Simondon, Ramon aims to open new methodological considerations at the intersections of race, pathology and empiricism, placing specific emphasis on role of non representation and non linearity in machine learning, mathematics, engineering and black study.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Philosophy, Goldsmiths, University of London 2018
  • MA Sociological Research, University of Essex, Colchester 2013
  • BSe Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1999

Teaching and Supervision

  • Fact of Blackness: Subjects of Difference (2nd Year BA)
  • Objects of Difference: Race and Capital (2nd Year BA)
  • Space & Time (1st Year BA)
  • Art, Artifacts, Archives (1st Year BA)

Research interests

Machine learning (AI, ANNs, GANs); Black ontology (Fanon, Wynter); philosophies of mathematics (Oresme, Leibniz, Laplace), philosophies of engineering, philosophies of technology (Simondon), para-phenomenology (Moten, Warren)

Further profile content

Professional projects

Group Exhibitions

‘Darkness, as a First Act of Creation’ is part of the Dutch presentation ‘I See That I See What You Don’t See’ at the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival (Mar-Oct 2019).

Performances

‘De.Colonial Vibrations’, Uncertainty Seminars: The Strange Escape, STROOM Den Haag (2017).

Practice Forums/Workshops/Festivals

2019, BAK Research Fellows Workshop, Utrecht.
2019, Critical Making Workshop, West Den Haag, The Hague.
2019, CCC Research-Based Master Programme, HEAD, Geneva.
2019, Animate Assembly, Art Department, Goldsmiths.
2017, Curator, Techno-Resistance and Black Futures, Goldsmiths, University of London.
2017, Co-organiser, Simulations and Environments: A critical dialogue between systems of perception and ecocritical aesthetics, Goldsmiths, University of London.
2017, Curator, Decolonising Bots, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.

Curatorial Activities

Curatorial Adviser, Artificially Intelligent, Barbican, London (2019).
Curator, Dark Matter: On Blackness and Being, Manifesta 13, Palermo (2019).
Curator, Techno-Resistance and Black Futures, Goldsmiths, University of London (2017).
Curator, Decolonising Bots, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (2017).