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23. November 2018

A new text entitled ‘Television of the Anthropocene (Part II – Posthumand Sensibilities and Political TV) was published on CSTOnline: [https://cstonline.net/television-of-the-anthropocene-part-ii-posthuman-sensibilities-and-political-tv-by-david-levente-palatinus/]

This brief analysis offers considerations of television’s role in the circulation of posthuman sensibilities and of cultural imaginaries of a post-singularity world.

 

4. August 2018

New article on AI and machine sentience in Westworld has just been published in Americana E-Journal:
http://americanaejournal.hu/vol13no2/palatinus.

Humans, Machines and the Screen of the Anthropocene

In post-human narratives (in literary fiction, film and television) the problems of consciousness and sentience emerge as pivotal to the representation of not only the emancipatory politics connecting human and non-human species, but also to the mediation (construction and circulation) of anxieties that surround such politics. I will use Season 1 of HBO’s high concept drama, Westworld, to argue that this duality is best understood if situated within the context of the Anthropocene, the epoch we live in and in which humans not only have positioned themselves as the dominant species but also have become an ecological factor exerting their impact on a planetary level. The article will use further filmic and televisual examples (including Ex Machina and Humans) to comment on cultural ideas about artificial intelligence that provide an excellent starting point for the understanding of the intricate relation between the post-human condition and the Anthropocene, especially in relation to the negotiation and symbolization of non-human sentience, agency, and a non-human future as part of human history.

Keywords: Westworld, AI, post-human, Anthropocene, popular television, machine sentience, agency.

Americana’s themed issue (Interspecies Dialogues in Postmillennial Filmic Fantasies, guest-edited by Anna Kerchy) also features a number of exciting articles on human-animal interactions. It’s fully open access, feel free to read. at the following link: http://americanaejournal.hu/vol13no2.

 

11. April 2018

Between 9 and 11 April David Palatinus held a seminar presenting the Lab’s War-on-Terror across Media: the New Bestialization of Human project at the Department of American Studies, University of Szeged, Hungary.

War on Terror Poster

The seminar focused on war-on-terror films, television and videogames, examining how concepts of violence circulate between political and philosophical discourses and Hollywood’s renditions of the subject.

The discussions investigated the ways cultural ideas about the War on Terror are produced and circulated in the public domain, with special emphasis on popular visual culture. Recent films like Green Zone, Body of Lies, The Kingdom, The Hurt Locker, Act of Valor, or Zero Dark Thirty, Good Kill, Eye in the Sky, Lone Survivor, American Sniper and 13 Hours constitute a narrative arc that enables us to study the ways films (and television) move beyond conventional re-narrations of political justifications (or criticisms, for that matter) of violence, subverting the conventions that established themselves as vehicles of the popular cultural iconography of the war on terror. More importantly, this unfolding cultural narrative enables us witness the ways in which these films reflect changes in the historiography of the War on Terror itself. Similarly, much discussed and also controversial television series like Homeland, Person of Interest, Tyrant, Seal Team and Shooter, re-engage the ethics and aesthetics (i.e. spectacularity) of violence in the context of a politically saturated present. The main purpose of these the seminar was to examine how in war-on-terror film and television the politico-ethical focus on terrorism, violence, and victimization becomes a neuralgic point of scrutiny as we try to negotiate responses. Our purpose was to explore why film, television and videogames are particularly conducive media to the representation of the complexities of terrorism, and to the cultural anxieties and political agendas that shape our eroded sense of security in our present historic moment.

 

24. November 2017

A short piece on the ‘Television of the Anthropocene (Part 1) appeared today on CSTOnline: http://cstonline.net/television-of-the-anthropocene-part-i-by-david-levente-palatinus/

 

24. November 20217

The Lab was represented at the 2017 UrbiNoir Conference (University of Urbino, Italy, 22-24 November), where David Palatinus gave a talk on ‘Secrets of the Bicameral Mind: Post-human anxieties and the (Nondescript) Sexuality of Androids’.

 

21. November 20217

‘Anthropocene Noir: Androids, Crime, and the Future of (Post-)Human Agency in Blade Runner 2049′ – a lecture by David L. Palatinus at the University of Bologna

 

6. November 2017

Welcome to the Anthropocene Media Lab at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Ruzomberok.

We are proud to host two inaugural events marking the launch of the Lab on the occasion of the department Science Day (6 November 2017):

11.00: ‘The #BREW Experiment’ – A lecture by Zoltan Dragon (University of Szeged)

15.00: In Conversation (with Zoltan Dragon and David Levente Palatinus) ‘Social Media in the Post-Truth Era’

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Inquiries: david.palatinus@ku.sk

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