Publications & public engagements


Production still from Joy Buolamwini,  Aspire Mirror , 2016.

Production still from Joy Buolamwini, Aspire Mirror, 2016.

As IF: Towards a black technical object

Ramon Amaro, “As If.” e-flux architecture vol. 97 (February, 2019).

My latest on computer vision, machine perception and the production of the black technical object. [read]


Afrofuturism

Ramon Amaro, “Afrofuturism.” In Posthuman Glossary, eds. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018): 17–19.

The Posthuman Glossary is a volume providing an outline of the critical terms of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. It builds on the broad thematic topics of Anthropocene/Capitalocene, eco-sophies, digital activism, algorithmic cultures and security and the inhuman. It outlines potential artistic, intellectual, and activist itineraries of working through the complex reality of the 'posthuman condition', and creates an understanding of the altered meanings of art vis-à-vis critical present-day developments.

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018


Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Precognition

Ramon Amaro, “Precognition.” In Posthuman Glossary, eds. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018): 365-367.

The Posthuman Glossary is a volume providing an outline of the critical terms of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. It builds on the broad thematic topics of Anthropocene/Capitalocene, eco-sophies, digital activism, algorithmic cultures and security and the inhuman. It outlines potential artistic, intellectual, and activist itineraries of working through the complex reality of the 'posthuman condition', and creates an understanding of the altered meanings of art vis-à-vis critical present-day developments.


Decolonising Design

An essay written by Ramon Amaro for his talk at Het Nieuwe Instituut on the Thursday Night Live! series about Decolonising Design.

According to data critic Rob Kitchin, we have entered a new era of data. He describes this era as a data revolution that promises the possibilities of equality and objectivity. He conceives of it as a revolution where decisions are made based on data that extend beyond the restrictions of subjective boundaries, as well as the cultural circumstances that produce social inequalities, violences and relationships of power …

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Digital Hysteria: A proposal on violence and humanism

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Ramon Amaro, “Digital Hysteria: A proposal on violence and humanism.” Collective Hysteria vol. 7 (May 11, 2016): 10-15.


Public Engagement


Conference Papers & Public Talks

2019

updated soon

2018

updated soon

2017

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
Moderator

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
Co-organiser

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’

2016

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'

2015

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’

2014

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