Text to Speech: A Stiegler Primer

Please join us for the next Text to Speech media reading group, “A Stiegler Primer,” which will be led by T’ai Smith and hosted by the Western Front. Focused on writing about media, media art, and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world, Text to Speech gatherings aim to build stronger community ties and knowledge in our field. This event will be devoted to the recent work by French thinker Bernard Stiegler, who will give a lecture, titled “About the Neganthropocene and Its Economy,” at the Western Front on October 18 as part of the French Scholars Lecture Series sponsored by the Consulat général de France à Vancouver in partnership with the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. In this reading group, participants will be introduced to Stiegler’s proposition to overcome the Anthropocene and to enter the Neganthropocene – to found an economy based on a neganthropic value.  We will provide copies of the reading, “Automatic Society 1: The Future of Work – Introduction” on the evening of the event, and facilitate group reading, discussion, and analysis of this text. Prior knowledge of Stiegler’s work is encouraged but not required, as the session will involve some form of introduction, and some portion of close reading (out loud).

— Reading list on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/246093849118396/

Bernard Stielger is Founder and Director of the Institut de recherche et d’innovation (IRI) at the Centre George-Pompidou in Paris. He is also a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmith College in London, and a professor at the University of Technology of Compiègne, where he teaches philosophy. Stiegler has lectured widely and published over 30 monographs on philosophy, technology, digitization, capitalism, and consumer culture. Among his best-known works in English include his three-volume Technics and Time (Stanford, 1998, 2009, 2010), For a New Critique of Political Economy (Polity, 2010), and his three-volume Disbelief and Discredit series (Polity, 2011, 2013, 2014). His most recent work in French is La Société automatique, 1. L’Avenir du travail (Fayard, 2015).

Further info: http://front.bc.ca/events/about-the-neganthropocene-and-its-economy/

T’ai Smith is Associate Professor at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) and a member of the Media Theory Working Group at UBC.

Text to Speech is a collaboration between Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, VIVO Media Arts Centre and Western Front.

This event is hosted by the Western Front in partnership with the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) and the Bachelor of Media Studies, University of British Columbia.