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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Musik­wissen­schaft und Medien­wissen­schaft | Medienwissenschaft |  ↳ Medientheorien | Kolloquium | Bernard Geoghegan, Doctoral Candidate, Program in Screen Cultures, Northwestern University: Claude Shannon

Bernard Geoghegan, Doctoral Candidate, Program in Screen Cultures, Northwestern University: Claude Shannon

Was
  • Kolloquium „Medien, die wir meinen“
Wann 21.05.2008 von 19:00 bis 21:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo Sophienstraße 22a, R. 0.01 (Medientheater)

This talk examines the post-World War II proliferation of interest in computational automata, concentrating in particular on Claude Shannon and the roles his automata played within Bell Labs exhibition cultures. I argue that Shannon's theatrical automata were canny, artifactual “demos” that underscored their own conventionality and rendered the habits of observers discrete and legible. I distinguish these machines from the dramatic automata of Norbert Wiener and others, which typically aspired to the status of transcendental scientific “models.” On the basis of this distinction I argue that Shannon’s automata for promoted an “ethics of eccentricity” that provides an alternative to dominant cybernetic and AI (artificial intelligence) epistemologies.

Bernard Geoghegan is a doctoral candidate in Screen Cultures at Northwestern University. He has held positions as a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a fellow at Northwestern's Center for Art and Technology, and a fellow at the Centre Pompidou's Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation.