Luciana Parisi
Visiting Professor of Literature

Luciana Parisi’s research lays at the intersection of continental philosophy, information sciences, digital media, and computational technologies. Her writings investigate technology in terms of ontological and epistemological possibilities of transformation in culture, aesthetics, and politics. Her publications address the techno-capitalist investment in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and nanotechnology to explore challenges to conceptions of gender, race, and class. She has also written extensively within the fields of media philosophy and computational design in order to investigate the metaphysical envisioning of instrumentality. 

In 2004, she published Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire, which investigates how capitalist experimentations in biological conceptions of nature have transformed the model of sexual reproduction and conceptions of sex and gender in terms of biodigital replications and non-filiative bacterial sex. Her book Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics and Space (2013) explores algorithms in architecture and interaction design, arguing that algorithmic computation represents a mode of thought that extends beyond the human architecture of cognition. Her current project, Philosophy and Automation (forthcoming), explores the possibilities of a radical transformation of thought and critique from the standpoint of experimental axiomatics and logical complexities in artificial intelligent systems. Part of this research has been published in recent articles “Media Ontology and Transcendental Instrumentality” (2019) and “Xenopatterning: Predictive Intuition and Automated Imagination” (2019).

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