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GIDEST Seminar with Alexander Galloway

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

GIDEST Lab, 411 63 5th Avenue

In his GIDEST seminar, media theorist Alexander Galloway asks "What does it mean to talk about digital media?"

Can digitality be beautiful? It depends on many complicated things, not least of them the definitions of digitality and beauty. Professor Galloway's GIDEST presentation will explore digital aesthetics through an examination of the materiality of contemporary media in the hopes of answering the question: what kind of medium is the computer?

Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. A professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, he is the author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012), Laruelle: Against the Digital (2014), and, with Eugene Thacker and MacKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation (2013), which forms part of his Allegories of Control trilogy, along with Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (2004) and Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (2006).

Seminar participants are asked to prepare by reading Professor Galloway's paper, available on our website at

This event is co-sponsored with The New School Integrative PhD Fellowship Program.

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought


Media and Technology






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