Talk: Benjamin H. Bratton: The Stack: Design and Geopolitics in the Age of Planetary-Scale Computing
Wednesday, October 29, 8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
149 West Hastings St.
Drawing on his forthcoming book The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty (MIT Press), the theorist Benjamin H. Bratton will critically discuss changes in the scale and operation of the global computation infrastructure, identifying the emergence of what he sees as a new kind of political geography. From smart grids, to cloud computing, to mobile software and smart cities, to universal addressing systems, to ubiquitous computing and robotics—these are not unrelated genres of computation but a larger and coherent whole: a planetary-scale megastructure called The Stack, through which we divide up the world into sovereign spaces.
Presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement at SFU Woodwards, with support from SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU Galleries, SFU's Institute for Humanities, SFU English, and SFU Vancouver.