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Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver: Posthuman Curating: The Self in Algorithmic Culture

Aesthetic Seminar

2019.08.26 | Yasmin Marie Jensen

Date Thu 26 Sep
Time 14:15 17:00
Location Kasernen, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 139, Aarhus C, Building 1584, Room 124

In this talk Tyżlik-Carver will introduce the concept of Posthuman Curating by focusing on curating as a technology of the self, an infrastructural practice which performs as a form of biopolitics. This is a very different way of thinking about ‘curating’, which has traditionally been the domain of the museum: protecting, preserving, and cataloguing works which cycle between archives and public display. In an environment where most of us present ourselves to others online, via a range of social webs, and to an audience that we know and do not know, we enter into a complex process of ‘curation by algorithm’ which involves of course not just ourselves and computational models but our feelings, and a stream of content that has been curated to us and, in its reposting or reblogging or retweeting, also indicates a personality as we feed the algorithms of the platforms. Asking who gets to write and rewrite themselves, Tyżlik-Carver will consider how the curatorial apparatus exists now as part of an abstract system of ‘modelling by algorithm’. Recognising that curating is now both part of curating content online and management of data-driven user profiling and optimisation she will explore the relation between social media platforms and their users as part of curatorial apparatus. Taking a cue from Patricia Clough's interest in affect beyond the body-as-organism, this presentation will offer an analysis of curating as a material mode of self-governance and self-censoring performed by a bio-mediated body.

The seminar is public, and we welcome everybody. 

Programme: Aesthetic Seminar Autumn 2019

Seminar, Kunsthistorie, Æstetik & Kultur og Museologi, Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab