The Persistence of the Lab

With John Beck, Ryan Bishop, Lori Emerson, Claus Pias and Jussi Parikka

Fri, Feb 5, 2016
Lecture Hall
12 noon–2 pm

The laboratory is a key site of modern culture: a place of invention and systematization of knowledge, a place where science is summoned. It has persisted as an architecturally, intellectually, and institutionally significant site of big science that continues to be adopted as part of a wide set of institutional practices in the humanities, media studies, and design and maker cultures.

The panelists will address current roles of laboratories as sites of knowing and doing, especially focusing on how the contemporary technological culture of simulation is closely tied to the historical legacy of collaborations within the military-industrial-university-entertainment sector. How does this industry dominate even the celebrated hacktivist energies that the lab is supposed to sustain and support?

The event is presented in cooperation with Winchester School of Art.