Life in Pixels series with Henning Schmidgen & Chris Salter


Location: Zoom book talk

Life In Pixels Spring 2023 Copy

Henning Schmidgen is Professor of Media Studies and the History of Science at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. He studied psychology, philosophy and linguistics in Berlin and Paris. From 1997 to 2011, he was postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Dept. Rheinberger). Between 2011 and 2014 he was professor of media aesthetics at the University of Regensburg. Schmidgen has worked extensively on machines in the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari, concepts in Georges Canguilhem’s epistemology, and the problem of time in physiology and psychology. His research is published by journals such as Isis, Grey Room, and Theory, Culture and Society. Among his books are The Helmholtz-Curves. Tracing Lost Time (2014), Bruno Latour in Pieces (2014) and The Guattari Tapes (Leipzig 2019). Together with Rebekka Ladewig, he edited a special issue of Body & Society, devoted to "Symmetries of Touch. Reconsidering Tactility in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing“ (2022).

Chris Salter is Professor for Immersive Arts and Director of the Immersive Arts Space at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He is also Professor Emeritus, Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal and former Co-Director of the Hexagram network for research-creation in arts, cultures and technology which he led between 2014-2022 and Co-Founder of the Milieux Institute at Concordia. He studied philosophy and economics and completed his PhD in theatre studies with research in computer music at Stanford University. His artistic and research work is at the intersection of media arts, performance theory, STS and media studies. His artistic work has been seen all over the world at such venues as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Barbican Centre, Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, ZKM, Kunstfest Weimar, Musée d’art Contemporain, Muffathalle, EXIT Festival and Place des Arts-Montreal, among many others. He has given over 100 talks internationally and is the author of Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance ( 2010), Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (2015) and Sensing Machines (2022), all from the MIT Press.

Registration required for this event must take place prior to the virtual book talk.


Life in Pixels hosts an ongoing series of transdisciplinary conversations thinking about how we can make sense of, and live with, our computational social condition today. Considering sociocultural, aesthetic, politicoeconomic, environmental, racial, and historical registers of technology together, the series will bring together people who think and do technology beyond disciplinary boundaries. The events are all designed as an ongoing series of conversations between scholars and practitioners in Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Critical Digital Studies, and Literary Cultural Studies.

Life in Pixels is generously sponsored by the Ruth and Paul Idzik College Chair in Digital Scholarship, the Program in History and Philosophy of Science, the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, the Department of English, the Minor in Data Science, and the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.

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