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Design Dialogues Series: Of Pagans, Pirates, and Perverts: An arbitrary history of the computed, by Nishant Shah

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
The Recovering Prairie Futures Research Cluster, The Provost’s Office, The College of Engineering, The College of Media, The School of Information Sciences, The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, The National Center for Supercomputing Applications and The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Location
NCSA Auditorium, 1205 W Clark St, Urbana, IL
Date
Oct 27, 2017   11:00 am  
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Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

The computer as a device ties us into a fetishistic historization centered around its materiality. Trajectories that emerge from this history making follow the tropes of machine-in-the-making, man-making-machine, and machine-triumphs-all narratives often invoke socio-cultural and humanistic contexts but focus on the emergence, and production of the computer. Invisible, even in the divergent geographies and approaches, through all these stories of the computer, of computation, and of computing, are the voices of the computed. This lecture will present a history of computation and propose a way for the arts and humanities to engage with this material, coded, and technological black box.

https://publish.illinois.edu/prairiefutures/design-dialogues/

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