“Matter Matters” a public lecture by Manuel De Landa

For those of you reading this from Toronto I wanted to let you know about an interesting lecture at MOCCA this week. Thursday May 5th at 7 PM Deleuzian  philosopher Manuel De Landa will be giving a public lecture.  De Landa is a filmmaker, computer artist, philosopher and the author of a number of books including War in the Age of Intelligent Machines (1991), A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (1997), Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (2002), and A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity (2006).

A New Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity


His work focuses on a number of subjects such as economics, nonlinear dynamics, chaos theory, geology, architecture, self-organizing autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and life, history of science, nonlinear dynamics, and linguistics.  In his talk Thursday evening (from the flyer) ” De Landa will look at how morphogenesis — the birth of form — has become a central theme in many scientific disciplines. It can be entirely spontaneous, as in the genesis of geological, meteorological or biological forms, or it can involve human beings as agents. De Landa’s talk will focus on natural morphogenesis, arguing that a deeper knowledge of its secrets can be of great help to artists and designers, opening up a new reservoir of expressive resources” .  We tried having him come to Subtle Technologies in the past but it didn’t work out at the time so I’m really excited he will be in Toronto this week.

Manuel De Landa is Adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the Gilles Deleuze Chair of Contemporary Philosophy and Science at the European Graduate School EGS, he was Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (New York). He currently lectures extensively in the United States and Europe, and is lecturer at the Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) and at the University of Philadelphia.

The talk is being presented by The Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts at York University and MOCCA

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