Samba rhino

machine learning + black ontology + philosophy of maths

Dr Ramon Amaro (@SambaRhino)  is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London as well as in the Centre for Research Architecture where he teaches the MA special subject 'Conflicts & Negotiations', and the BA courses 'Fact of Blackness' and 'Space and Time'. Previously he was Research Fellow in Digital Culture at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and visiting tutor in Media Theory at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL (KABK). Ramon completed his PhD in Philosophy at Goldsmiths, while holding a Masters degree in Sociological Research from the University of Essex and a BSe in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked as Assistant Editor for the SAGE open access journal Big Data & Society; quality design engineer for General Motors; and programmes manager for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His research interests include machine learning, design / engineering, black ontology, and philosophies of being.


Academic Qualifications

2018, PhD, Philosophy, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths
2013, MA, Sociological Research, University of Essex
1999, BSe, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

I currently teach the following modules: ‘Space and Time’ (BA Year 1),  ‘Fact of Blackness: Subjects/Objects of Difference’ (BA Year 2), and 'Conflicts & Negotiations' (MA Special Subject). I have previously taught several other courses, including: ‘Interactive Media’ (MA), ‘Media Philosophy’ (MA), 'Software Studies' (MA), 'Media Theory' (MA) as well as invited lectures on the module 'Postcolonial Theory and Global Politics' (MA).
Research Interests

machine learning, black ontology (Moten, Wynter), Philosphy of Mind (Fanon), Philosophy of Technology (Simondon), digital culture, computational aesthetics

Book Chapters

Amaro, R. (2018) ‘Afrofuturism’, in Braidotti, R. and Hlavajova, M. (eds.) Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury Academic.  

Amaro, R. (2018) ‘Precognition’, in Braidotti, R. and Hlavajova, M. (eds.) Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 



Amaro, R. (2016) ‘Digital Hysteria: A Proposal on Violence and Humanism’, HYSTERIA, 7.

Johnson, R. (2013) ‘“What interests us are the circumstances”: Material multivocality in assemblage-based research’, University of Essex Graduate Journal of Sociology, 13.

Conference Organiser

Techno Resistance and Black Futures Festival, Goldsmiths, 27-May

Conference Papers


Contra-internet, Gasworks, London, 25-November
Paper title: tbc

DAOWO: Identity Trouble, Goethe Institute, London, 23-November
Paper title: tbc

Decolonising Bots, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, 26-October

Art: Work, Tate Modern, London, 15-October
Paper titled: ‘Data, Labour, and the Politics of Decision’

Fanon Now, Tate Modern, London, 24-May
Paper titled: ‘Fanon, race and technology’

Haunted Random Forest Festival: Finding Human Ghosts in Algorithms, Brighton, 23-April
Paper titled: ‘The algorithm that sat by the door’

Object Positions: Lecture 2 w. Dr. Karen Salt, The Showroom, London, 20-April
Invited response to Dr. Karen Salt

Informatics of Domination - Visual Cultures Public Programme Spring 2017, Goldsmiths, 23-March
Invited response to Dr. Simone Browne

Simulation and Environments, London, 11-March

Artistic Strategies from 1980s Beyond: Keith Piper, Tate Modern, London, 7-March
Paper titled: ‘Robot bodies and algorithmic privilege’

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, 5-January
Paper titled: ‘Decolonising design’


University of Copenhagen, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Cophenhagen, 14-November
Paper titled: ‘Race and machine learning: On the blackness of black bodies and the illumination of color'

Banner Repeater, London, 2-November
Paper titled: ‘Machine learning and the politics of data’

NRW-Forum, Dusseldorf, 10-September
Paper titled: ‘Machinic culture and discrete abstraction’

Goldsmiths, University of London, London, 20-May
Paper titled: ‘Risking everything: The computational politics of prediction, security, and surveillance’

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, 22-April
Paper titled: ‘Leibniz and contemporary calculation’

London College of Communications, London, 21-April
Paper titled: ‘Machine learning, data and discrimination'


Impakt Festival, Utrecht, NL, 1-November
Paper titled: ‘Colossal data and Black futures'

Erasmus+ European Commission postgraduate research exchange at Humboldt University of Berlin. Conveners: Dr. Julia Ng, Goldsmiths, University of London and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schäffner, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Cultures in/of mathematics

Blackness in Britain 2015: ‘The Black Special Relationship’: African American scholarship and its impact on Black intellectual life in Britain, Birmingham City University, 30-31 October
Paper titled: ‘Western empiricism, policing and the politics of statistical deviation'

Hackers & Designers Summer Academy, Amsterdam
Paper titled: ‘Training and the problem of data: What would it take to adopt a fugitive statistics?’

fig-2 LUNÄ Talks: Uncertainty Scenarios w/ Artist Marjolijn Dijkman, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Invited Response to Philosopher Johanna Seibt
Talk titled: ‘What is the role of normativity in artificial intelligence research?’

#Neoliberation - The Self in the Era of New Media Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, 9-10 June
Paper Titled: ‘Learning to discriminate: machine learning, prediction and the politics of data’

Invited Response to Philosopher Michel Feher
Talk titled: ‘Preemptive citizenship and statistical interventions’

Radical Ecologies Conference, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 4 May
Paper titled: ‘Preemptive Citizenship: Crime prediction and statistical Intervention in racialised ecologies’


Interview with Robert Kitchin, author of ‘The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences’