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Figuring the Nerves of Economy by Seb Franklin

Nervous Systems: Finissage-Lectures
Sun, May 8, 2016

Franklin takes the diagrammatic formulations of space, trauma, and networks presented and critiqued in Samuel Beckett’s 1981 television play Quad and Tom McCarthy’s 2005 novel Remainder as the occasion to sketch some elements of a methodology for critical analysis in the age of computational thinking. By locating in these aesthetic works traces of the material and imaginative conditions through which abstract diagrams come to shape concrete social conditions, the talk addresses the historical logic that connects certain modes of cultural analysis to recent political economy.

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