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Making Sense of Algorithms Virtual Lecture Series

Date & time
Friday, January 19, 2024 –
Friday, March 1, 2024
11 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Davide Panagia (UCLA), Tarini Bedi (University of Illinois - Chicago), Adrian Mackenzie (Australian National University), Chris Salter (Zurich University of the Arts), Marc-André Cossette (Hexagram), and Caroline A. Jones (MIT)


This event is free


Craig Farkash



A circular image of geometric lines forming a kaleidoscope Image from the Collideroscope series (2022) by Erik Adigard.

Contemporary existence is undergoing radical transformation as a function of advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation. This lecture series seeks to problematize the multiple ways in which digitization has taken command.

The speakers will do so by focussing attention on the complex interaction between sentient subjects and “the algorithmic optic.” Topics include the political ontology of algorithms, platform labour, sensing global average temperatures, performing AI, and sensing symbiontics. “Making Sense of Algorithms” aims to lay the foundations for the articulation of a new common sense.

All lectures and ensuing discussions will take place live on Zoom at the designated hour and last approximately 100 minutes. Please click on the title in the poster to register for each lecture. To view the presenters’ bios and the abstracts for their talks please visit

This virtual lecture series is curated by David Howes. It is sponsored by the Centre for Sensory Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC).


Friday, January 19:

After Free Speech: #datapolitik and the Failures of Liberalism

Speaker: Davide Panagia is a professor & chair of Political Science at UCLA.

Friday, February 2:

The Fugitive Hands and Feet in Algorithmic Work

Speaker: Tarini Bedi is a professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Thursday, February 8

Forcings and Felt-Virtualities: Do Climate Models Have Affects?

Speaker: Adrian Mackenzie is a professor at Australian National University.

Thursday, February 22

Performing AI: Labor and Complexity on the Contemporary Stage

Speakers: Chris Salter, Immersive Arts Space; Marc-André Cossette, Concordia

Friday, March 1

Symbiontics, Machine Learning, and the Internet of Earthlings

Speaker: Caroline A. Jones is a full professor at MIT, teaching in the History, Theory, Criticism section of the Department of Architecture.


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