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On the (Il)Legibility of the Cut (and the Un-Cut) in Computation

  • David Gauthier
Wednesday 25 October 2017
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Cuts are fascinating operators in Mathematics. From the notorious Dedekind cut to modern Catastrophe theory, the notion of the cut has been the very cornerstone of seminal mathematical constructs. As mathematician René Thom once put it: “Pour moi, la mathématique, c'est la conquête du continu par le discret.” In this talk, rather than solely addressing cuts in Mathematics, David Gauthier (University of Amsterdam) will focus on how cuts are constructed and made operational in modern computing machinery. From the notion of electricity to the one of bits (digital/analog), and from the notions of symbolic instructions to the one of hardware execution (computation), the diverse loci of cuts within our computational equipment will be staged and interrogated.

David Gauthier is an ASCA-based PhD Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Cultural Analysis (NICA). His research explores what technological errors can reveal about the various processes of machinic subjugation sustained by new media.

This talk is part of the Leiden Lectures on Media | Art | Politics, organized by Pepita Hesselberth and Yasco Horsman, and made possible with the support of

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