03 Materiality

MODULE THREE May 15-17, 2013, School of Architecture, KTH Stockholm

MATERIALITY Posthumanist and New Materialist Philosophies

Location: 9.45am for 10.00am start, KTH Library, Osquars backe 31, Seminar Room: Rinman

see map: http://www.kth.se/kthb/om/adresser-och-telefonnummer-1.181700

Guest speakers

Julieanna Preston, Massey, Wellington, NZ

Andreas Rumpfhuber, Expanded Design, Vienna

Katie Lloyd Thomas, Newcastle, UK

Further guests:

Louis Pelletier

Jane Rendell

Katja Grillner

WEDNESDAY MAY 15: SEMINAR 5: Posthumanist Philosophies and Biopolitics and Noopolitics

11.00     Introduction to Materiality

12.00     Lunch

13.00    Guest Lecture: Julieanna Preston, Utter Matter

14.30    Fika

14.45    Seminar 5: Posthumanist Philosophies and Biopolitics and Noopolitics (Discussion of Blog Posts) and presentation of instructions for Friday morning

16.30    Concluding the day

18.30    Philosophies Dinner at Hagadeli Pizzeria, Hagagatan 18, 11348,  http://www.hagadeli.com/hitta-till-oss/

ACTIVITY 07: Upload a Blog post in response to ONE Conceptual Cluster. Include image and text response

READING Preparation Seminar 5: Choose ONE Conceptual Cluster

Conceptual Cluster 11: Posthumanist Philosophies

  • N. Katherine Hayles, ‘Unfinished Work: From Cyborg to Cognisphere’  in Theory Culture Society 23; 159, 2006.
  • Donna Haraway, ‘A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century’ in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature, New York: Routledge, 1991.
  • Michel Serres, ‘Theory of the Quasi Object’ in Parasite, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
  • Gilbert Simondon, ‘The Genesis of the Individual’ in Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter, eds, Incorporations, New York: Zone, 1992.

(NOTE: please feel free to select 2 to 3 of these readings for your blog exercise! I have included Simondon, as this will be useful when we arrive at Katie Lloyd Thomas’s presentation).

Conceptual Cluster 12: Biopolitics

Conceptual Cluster 13: Noopolitics

  • Deborah Hauptmann, ‘Introduction: Architecture and Mind in the Age of Communication and Information’, in Deborah Hauptman, eds. Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to Noopolitics, Rotterdam 010 Publishers, 2010.
  • Maurizio Lazzarato, ‘The Concepts of Life and the Living in the Societies of Control’ in Martin Fuglsang and Bent Meier Sorensen, eds. Deleuze and the Social, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006.
  • Gilles Deleuze, ‘Societies of Control’ in Negotiations: 1972-1990, New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.

Conceptual Cluster OPEN: You have a choice to frame your own cluster

THURSDAY MAY 16: SEMINAR 6 – New materialisms and Affect

9.45 (for 10.00)-12.00     KTH Architecture PhD Examination event: Jan Hietala, Inconclusive Evidence, KTH main campus, Lindstedtsvägen 26, room F3.

(Philosophies students are invited to attend this examination event).

12.00     Lunch

13.00    Guest Lecture: Katie Lloyd ThomasSimondon’s Preliminary Operations and New Glass Performances (NOTE: Open attached file for suggested readings. The DeLanda essay is available below)

15.00     Fika

15.30    Guest Lecture: Andreas Rumpfhuber, To Scarcity

17.30    Concluding the day

19.00    Philosophies Dinner: Haktet on Hornsgatan 82, Södermalm http://www.haktet.se

Closest TBana is Mariatorget on the Red Line (direction: Liljeholmen, Norsborg, Fruangen) exit at Torkel Knutssonsgatan…its in an old building near T-junction of Rosenlundgatan, and close to Melqvist café…

ACTIVITY 08: Upload a Blog post in response to ONE Conceptual Cluster. Include image and text response.

READING Preparation Seminar 6: Choose ONE Conceptual Cluster

Conceptual Composition 14: New Materialisms:

  • Jane Bennett, ‘The Agency of Assemblages’, in Vibrant Matter, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010
  • Diana Coole and Samantha Frost, ‘Introducing the New Materialisms’, in Diana Coole and Samantha Frost, eds, New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010
  • Manuel DeLanda, ‘Material Complexity’ in Neil Leach, David Turnbull, Chris Williams, eds. Digital Tectonics, Wiley-Academy, 2004.

Conceptual Composition 15: Affect:

  • Melissa Gregg and Gregory Seijworth ‘An Inventory of Shimmers’ in Melissa Gregg and Gregory Seijworth eds. The Affect Theory Reader, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010.
  • Nigel Thrift, ‘Spatialities of Feeling’, in Non-Representational Theory: Space, Politics, Affect, London: Routledge, 2008
  • Eric Shouse, ‘Feeling, Emotion, Affect’, in Melissa Gregg, ed. ‘Affect.’ M/C Journal 8.6 (2005). 25 Nov. 2011. http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0512/03-shouse.php


10.00      INSTRUCTIONAL work: we will undertake small group exercises with our guests: Louise Pelletier, Jane Rendell, Katie Lloyd Thomas, Katja Grillner.

12.00     Lunch

13.00    Seminar 6New Materialisms and Affect (Discussion of Blog Posts)

15.00     Preparations for CONCLUSION module and our Conceptual Colouring-In Books

16.30     Departure