The Freudian Robot conversation with Lydia Liu and McKenzie Wark – BookCulture

Posted by Bernice Jusino on March 17th, 2011 :: Filed under Student Services  
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The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious
Lydia H. Liu(author) in Conversation with McKenzie Wark
Tuesday, March 22, 7pm at BookCulture, 536 West 112th Street

The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious is the first in-depth study of the political history of digital writing and its fateful entanglement with the Freudian unconscious. The book shows how the convergences of literary modernism, mathematics, and psychoanalysis in the 20th century transformed alphabetical writing into the postphonetic, ideographic, and universal system of today’s digital media. Altering the threshold of sense and nonsense in communication processes, this remarkable event has compelled a new understanding of language, human-machine interplay, and the Freudian unconscious.

Lydia H. Liu is a theorist of language and translingual practices and teacher of modern Chinese literature and comparative literature. She is W. T. Tam Professor in the Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.

McKenzie Wark is a leading theorist of new media and has published widely on media technology, intellectual property, computer games, and new media art and culture. He is the author of Gamer Theory, A Hacker Manifesto as well as many other works and is Associate Dean of Eugene Lang College at the New School.

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