Cultural Technologies Podcast

(Note: Audio quality improves after the first few minutes of the lecture!)  This podcast features French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux's lecture in English at the Speculative Realism conference held at Goldmiths, University of London in 2007. The recent translation of Meillassoux's "After Finitude" and a spate of interpretations of his work have brought him greater recognition in the English-speaking world. As far as I know this is the only recording of him giving a talk in English, however. The audio quality isn't great but there's a certain merit and attraction in hearing philosophers speak in their own words. The conference was co-organized by Ray Brassier and Alberto Toscano and co-sponsored by the journal Collapse. Thanks to Robin Mackay of Collapse for sharing this recording. Go visit Collapse to learn more about Meillassoux's work, the conference and speculative realism, or get your hands on After Finitude.  Due to problems with the recording I strongly recommend consulting the transcripts as you listen.

Philosopher Graham Harman, one of the major figures in the philosophical movement known as speculative realism, talks about object-oriented philosophy and his book The Quadruple Object. We also chat about Bruno Latour, the Egyptian revolution, Foucault, Freud, animal rights, and whether or not guns kill people.

 

Preview: As a followup, the next episode will present the original recording of Quentin Meillassoux's 2007 English-language lecture at the Goldsmiths conference on Speculative Realism. 

 

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Photo of Graham Harman by Brechtje Keulen.

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In this episode dedicated to animals and media, historian Etienne Benson discusses the electronic surveillance of wildlife and media theorist Jussi Parikka talks about insects as technology. We also chat about animal studies, surveillance, biopolitics, Deleuze & Guattari, and why tracking technology isn't so creepy. For more, get a copy of Benson's Wired Wilderness and Parikka's Insect Media

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Slavoj Žižek gives a lecture entitled “The Animal Doesn't Exist.” He also discusses Lacan, Derrida, Badiou and definitions of the human. This is the first in a two-part podcast on animal studies, as well as our first “bootleg” episode.

 

Next week I'll post an original conversation with Etienne Benson and Jussi Parikka dedicated to their respective work on media and animals (and my thanks to Etienne for recording this Žižek lecture). Interviews with WJT Mitchell and Graham Harman are in the pipeline too.
 

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Introduction to the podcast and a conversation with French philosopher Barbara Cassin about Google, Aristotle, the politics of knowledge, Heidegger and more. For more on her work, see the enclosed PDF featuring Cassin interviewed by Penelope Deutscher.

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  • Cultural Technologies: Conversations on Media, Art and Science

I've recently completed interviews with French philosopher Barbara Cassin and American literary theorist WJT Mitchell. When I'm done cleaning up the audio I'll release them as my initial podcasts. Another interview with German media theorist Markus Krajewski is in the pipeline, as is a special episode on "Media Studies and Animal Studies" featuring Etienne Benson and Jussi Parikka. Stay tuned. Or tune in, rather.

 

Culutral Technologies: Conversations on Media, Art and Science by Bernard Dionysius is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.