27 February 2016, Saturday
16:30-18:00 @ Akbank Sanat

Pasi Valiaho
Contagious Images / Neoliberal Brains

*26 February 2016, Friday 12:30-14:00 – Lunch Talk@ITU
#VCD, film studies, media studies, visual studies, critical theory

What do images today have the capacity to do, and how? This talk investigates the potency of images in 21st-century capitalism. It is concerned with contemporary digital imagery that is distinguished by its plastic as well as ludic, or better, action-oriented nature: images which we interact with, play with, operate with; images that, instead of contemplation, require gestural manipulation and affective engagement based on anticipation and immersion. The aim is to understand how this imagery teaches resilience within current networks of power, transforming individuals into what one might call “neoliberal brains,” that is to say, competitive, biologically-bound, atomistic and flexible persons fearful of a constantly looming crisis. The talk explores the fabrication of this figure of the subject in various visual forms, from first-person shooters to virtual realities, and analyzes how contemporary screen culture embodies and remediates the tropes of plasticity, preemption and immunity fundamental to current scientific, economic and military paradigms.

Talk will be in English.

Pasi Väliaho teaches and writes on theory and history of film and screen media. He has a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Turku, Finland, and is Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Department of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Biopolitical Screens: Image, Power and the Neoliberal Brain (MIT Press, 2014) and Mapping the Moving Image: Gesture, Thought and Cinema circa 1900 (Amsterdam University Press, 2010). His articles have been published in e.g. Theory, Culture & SocietyBody & Society, DiscourseParallax, and Theory & Event.

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