Please join us in Midway’s library at 7pm for a presentation by Reza Negarestani titled …this I or we or it (the thing) which speaks…, which is centered around the links between analytic pragmatism, artificial intelligence and artificial speech particularly the research on hidden Markov models. A performance by Florian Hecker will follow as well as an opportunity to experience his exhibition Chimerization/Hinge that is installed in Midway’s gallery.
Reza Negarestani is an Iranian philosopher and writer. He has contributed extensively to journals and anthologies and lectured at numerous international universities and institutes. His current philosophical project focuses on rationalist universalism beginning with the evolution of the modern system of knowledge and advancing toward contemporary philosophies of rationalism and their procedures, as well as their demands, for special forms of human conduct. Rated by Artforum as one of the best books of 2009, his post-genre theory-fiction book,Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials, reached international acclaim. The book, along with many of his other texts, have been the focus of seminars and classes at The New School, Columbia University, and Duke University. In 2012, Negarestani collaborated with Florian Hecker on the artwork Chimerization, which was included in dOCUMENTA13. His 2014 essay that calls into question the “self-reflexive history of art” was written in conjunction with Jean-Luc Moulène’s exhibition Torture Concrete and published by Sequence Press. In 2015, The New Centre will host Negarestani’s seminar New Rationalism: The Shape of Systems to Come | Reason & Time.
Visit Reza Negarestani’s website.