Actualizing the Virtual: spring/summer 2016 seminars

Actualizing the Virtual: spring/summer 2016 seminars

The New Centre for Research & Practice

Doug Ashford, Next Day Page 1 (detail), 2015. Mixed media, 18 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
January 7, 2016
Actualizing the Virtual: spring/summer 2016 seminars

We are excited to announce our spring/summer 2016 lineup of seminars, beginning Sunday, January 24 with Reza Negarestani’s “Complexity & Computation: An Introduction to Measures, Paradigms and Programs.”

Visit our website today to view the upcoming spring/summer offerings from Jason Adams, Bassam El Baroni, Diann Bauer, Levi Bryant, FOAM Collective, Victoria Ivanova, Nick Land, Maria Lind, Reza Negarestani, Patricia Reed, Mohammad Salemy, Nick Srnicek, Tiziana Terranova, Pete Wolfendale, Ben Woodard, and Tony Yanick.

We will be announcing more seminars on our web site throughout the year by other scholars and thinkers, including Elie Ayache, Ray Brassier, Benjamin Bratton, Rasheedah Phillips, Jasbir Puar, Michael Shapiro, Benedict Singleton and Fernando Zalamea. Please visit our website and Facebook page regularly for these and other  events.

The New Centre for Research & Practice enjoyed a momentous 2015, which included a partnership with e-flux, three international conferences, twenty-two seminars, and twenty-three roundtables, reading groups, and emergency-response events. We also published our first e-book, and our organizers were interviewed for an edited collection, “Politics of Study.” In addition, we successfully placed several of our certificate students into a range of graduate degree programs, while welcoming a number of new certificate students into our program.

Over the course of summer 2015, we collaborated with e-flux to produce Superconversations, a series of responses to Supercommunity, as part of the 56th Venice Biennale. In July, we partnered with Université de Technologie de Graz & IZK Institute for Contemporary Art for the Knowledge Forms, Forming Knowledge conference, a two-day conference at Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien. Watch here. And in August, we worked with Deakin University (an institutional member of The New Centre) to produce Alien Aesthetics, a two-day conference in Melbourne, concerned with xeno-visions, -sounds, and -mediations. Watch here.

To view the complete list of our activities in 2015, please visit

One of The New Centre for Research & Practice’s central mandates has been to provide new possibilities for our members and students, especially those who practice their work outside or in-between existing institutional frameworks. We help those transitioning between one degree and another, or between one institution and another, to expand their research networks beyond what can be offered by any single institution. Our members and certificate students enjoy access to face-to-face, real-time engagements with emerging thinkers and scholars, collaborating with them and with each other while producing new forms of knowledge.

To apply in our rolling Certificate Programs please visit our website. All of our seminars are conducted online via Google+ Hangouts, enabling participants to engage from anywhere in the world. Our Certificate Students automatically become Members of The New Centre and thus receive all members’ benefits, including access to our twelve Re:search Groups, our Writing Centre, our Member Symposia, reading groups, and roundtable events, as well as opportunities to publish their research on our &&& platform.

If you prefer to become involved with The New Centre prior to applying for a Certificate Program, we recommend becoming a Friend or Member, or enrolling in any of our available seminars. Among other services, becoming a Member provides you access to our entire 2014–15 and 2015–16 video archives, while Friends gain lifetime access to all of our member services.

For more information, please visit our website.

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