The Fourth Ecology: Hikikomori, Depressive Hedonia and Algorithmic Ubiquity
The School of Materialist Research is proud to present its (free) promotional seminars for the month of June, 2021. Chantelle Gray and Aragorn Eloff will give their presentation: “'The Fourth Ecology: Hikikomori, Depressive Hedonia and Algorithmic Ubiquity” on June 29, 2021 at 18:30 CET, as part of a cluster entitled “Mathematics, Complexity, and the Limits of Algorithmic Ontologies.” This seminar explores the social and ecological impacts of the prevalence of social media, its architecture, and the ubiquity of algorithms. Taking hikikomori as the focus of their symptomatology, they will describe in this talk what they see as a general set of symptoms of society and etiologically trace it to algorithmic ubiquity – the new form of control following on Foucault’s disciplinary societies and Deleuze’s control societies, and the new ecology of our times.
Chantelle Gray (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at North-West University. Her research interests include continental philosophy with special interest in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, radical politics, queer theory and critical algorithm studies. Chantelle is the co-convener of the biennial South African Deleuze and Guattari Studies conference and an editorial board member of Somatechnics. Her publications include Deleuze and Anarchism (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) and Anarchism after Deleuze and Guattari: Folding Cosmologies (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).
Aragorn Eloff is the co-convener of the biennial South African Deleuze and Guattari Studies conference and a director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies in Africa. His work focuses on the application of Deleuze and Guattari’s thought to questions around anarchism, algorithmic governance and earth/animal liberation. He also works in the field of experimental music and performance. His publications include Deleuze and Anarchism (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).
The School of Materialist Research (SMR) is an informal graduate and post-doc level program that offers seminars and workshops that address the materialisms running through contemporary science, philosophy, art, mathematics, design, architecture, and politics. SMR is an international platform, founded by the Center for Philosophical Technologies at Arizona State University, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje, Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics at TU Wien and the Critical Inquiry Lab at the Design Academy Eindhoven that functions as a global online school combining education, research, and mentorship to advance academic study at the intersection the Social Sciences and Humanities and the STEM sciences. Two more institutions from Europe are expected to join the platform in the upcoming months. The Spring and Summer Sessions are offered for free and open to the public serving as promotional events that illustrate the programmatic commitment and style of work offered by the School for Materialist Research. Some of the confirmed speakers in the Spring/Summer series of seminars include: Paul Cockshott, Greg Michaelson, Ray Brassier, Anne-Françoise Schmid, John Ó Maoilearca, Giuseppe Longo, Agon Hamza, Adam Nocek, Katerina Kolozova, Vera Buhlman, Iris van der Tuin and many many more.