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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

Alexander Galloway: “Heretical Computing”

ICA Miami welcomed computer programmer and media theorist Alexander Galloway to the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center for a free public lecture titled, “Heretical Computing.” This lecture was presented in conjunction with the Fall 2020 semester, “Recodings and Renewals.”

From Galloway: “To be heretical is to overstep the limits of held opinion and dogma. What would “heretical computing” be like? What is more digital than the digital? What is more analog than the analog? In this lecture, Alexander Galloway asks precisely these questions and goes to the outer limits of technics through forms of hypertrophic digitality and exotic analogicity, testing techniques of encryption, compression, entropy, indeterminacy, opacity, and generic science.”

Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programmer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, he is the author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including The Interface Effect. His collaboration with Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation was published by the University of Chicago Press. With Jason E. Smith, Galloway co-translated the Tiqqun book Introduction to Civil War. For ten years he worked with RSG on Carnivore, Kriegspiel, and other software projects. Galloway’s last book was a monograph on the work of François Laruelle. He is currently finishing a new manuscript on the deep history of computation.