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This discussion is moderated by Prof. Rosi Braidotti

Amongst the large number of documents released by Edward Snowden from the NSA, GCHQ, and other agencies was a set of powerpoint slides discussing the way in which the sciences and humanities can contribute to the task of securitisation. These documents are interesting from the point of view of the posthumanities in that they propose a particular kind of interdisciplinarity that also plays its part in articulating the posthuman. Whilst the burden on powerpoint as the apex intellectual format of the present day is indeed to be marvelled at, the question of how multiple kinds of actors, including those within the security-state, both impose a condition in which the sciences and humanities are fused for the purpose of generating ideational and practical resources, and in which the computational turn becomes a paradigmatic mode of thought and action, requires analysis. Drawing on the formulation of “equipment” as a way of thinking techno-social assemblages in the work of Félix Guattari, this presentation will work with these slides to make an initial account of this condition.

Prof. Fuller gave this lecture as part of the Algorithmic Cultures and Security event organized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht within the series of presentations, conversations, seminars, and workshops Posthuman Glossary. The series takes place in the form of intensive two-day gatherings with artists, scholars, and activists around the critical issues of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. Posthuman Glossary is a part of BAK’s research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016) and its chapter Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, which is developed in dialogue with BAK Research Fellow Professor Rosi Braidotti and organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. The series leads to the publishing of the Posthuman Glossary in 2016, edited by Braidotti and BAK’s Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova.