Multiplicity University / Metaformance Studies
- Conferences, symposiums, talks, seminars, research groups, publications, policies,
- Research in Ontoethics and Ontoecology
Multiplicity University elaborates the Metaformance Sudies curriculum through Conferences, symposiums, seminars, courses, research groups and nodes in itinerant events of the International Metabody Forum, which have been happening so far in 27 cities of 18 countries, as well as publications and policies both theoretical and practical, with open international and local calls in each place where the Forum takes place.
Multiplicity University proposes to research into plural ecologies, ethics, ontologies, aesthetics and politics for plural, open, inderterminate and contestable futures, in which multiplicities of critical experimentation and thinking practices may be continuously mobilised, proposing multiple alternatives to the dominant focus of worldwide research towards increasing control, and promoting multiplicities of embodied and situated, yet indeterminate and open thinking practices.
Multiplicity University operates in collaborations with multiple universities in multiple countries, as well as in non-academic environments, including urban and rural areas, opening up the University to multiplicities of people who may not have normally access to it, and who may redefine knowledge production as open, lively and emergent field, through multiple transdisicplinary projects connecting multiple academic and non academic environments, organising multiple events such as conferences, symposiums, seminars and talks, and through multiple interconnected research groups and nodes.
Metaformance Studies propose to reinvent and think through, not so much the content but rather the structures of perception, with a focus on indeterminacy, as opposed to the dominant paradigms of control. Metaformance Studies elaborate the notions of Ontoecology and Ontoethics as paradigms for understanding the invisible architectures of media and technologies that allow to reinvent them at the level of their ontological force, their power to structure movements, affording more open and indeterminate ecologies.
In 2017 the main theme is:
- Algoricene: ontology, genealogy, aesthetics and politics of algorithmic life, from ancient times to Big Data.
The International Metabody Forum IMF 2017 expands and consolidates the developments and networks of previous years, including the Multiplicity University / Metaformance Studies, with a transversal theme elaborating the concept of Algoricene, as a way of thinking through the earthly processes of transformation in relation to old and new algorithmic constructs.
Algoricene is a concept and Metabody sub-project that proposes to study how since ancient times there have been formations that we could name algorithmic, such as urban grids in Greece, or the birth of perspectival vision, while we currently assist to an explosion of algorithmic systems that is radically altering the world and generating new ontologies which are yet to be accounted for. Algoricene is a complementary proposal to Anthropocene, Capitalocene and Chthulucene for deepening into the ontologies of current erathly processes of transformation. Algoricene problematises the materiality of algorithmic technologies and proposes new ways of understanding and dealing with control society today.
IMF 2017 will organise talks, symposiums, conferences and publications around this topic and aims at the establishment of sustained nodes and research groups of the Multiplicity University. Ontoethics will also be a major focus of the studies, as a framework that expands current bio-ethic and media-ethics into the larger implications of the perceptual structures of technologies and their ontological force, their power to structure reality.
- 1 – Madrid – Medialab Prado – 2013 –Multiplicities in Motion – Affects, embodiment and the reversal of cybernetics. 3.000 years of posthuman history.
- 2 – Dresden – Festpielhaus Hellerau –2013 –Philosophy of the Meta- Post- and Transhumanity
- 3 – Madrid – UAM – 2014 –History and ontologies of Movement-Gesture
- 4 – Weimar – Bauhaus U. –2015 – Affordances of Symbiosis
- 5 – New York – NYIT 2015 – Metabody: technologies, Culture, movement
- 6 – U.C.Berkeley 2015 – Reversing Cybernetics, Queering Control.
- 7 – Madrid – La Casa encendida – 2015 – Hacking Big data Brother – From Biometrics to Intra-action
- 8 – Chile – CCE – 2015 – ¿Decolonizando Cuerpos?
- 9 – London – Brunel U. – 2016 – Performance Architectures, Wearables & Gestures of Participation
- 10 – Madrid – UCM – 2016 – Posthumanist studies and technologies of control. From Nietzsche to Trans- Post- and Metahumanism
- 11 – Berlín – Spektrum – 2016 – Post-intimacy: alien couplings and emergent tactilities.
Metabody project inaugurates a new transdisciplinary field of research-creation under the title Metahuman Metaformance Studies comprising the Metabody Conference Series and the MetamediaLab, a transdisciplinary and transversal field moving across philosophy, the arts, sciences, technologies, metacultural studies, metahistory, metahumanities, postfeminisms, post-queer, post-abilities, neocolonial and meta/posthuman theories. A Metadisciplinary field of movements that do not attempt to define a new stable regime of knowledge.
Metahuman makes reference to the Metahumanist Manifesto, by Jaime del Val and Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, as alternative to posthumanism and transhumanism pointing to an ethical and critical opening of the human up to undetermined potentials, to multiplicities to come, to movements not foreclosed in their trajectories, to neverending amorphogenesis.
Metaformance is a neologism proposed by Claudia Giannetti in 1994 (Metaformance – El Sujeto-Proyecto) and further developed by Jaime del Val to identify the processes that embrace and exceed performativity, representation, meaning and content production in a tripple move, in that they appeal to an ongoing transformation of perception and proprioception, a neverending emergence of affective relations that do not operate under the dominant regime of vision and form, thereby questioning the conditions of meaning while operating on the boundaries of the intelligible and perceptible, generating new potential ecologies.
Metabodies, as defined by Jaime del Val since 2002, are emergent fields of affective and kinetic relations, of incipient and relational movement, which challenge the platonic-cartesian tradition of transcedent forms by proposing an immanent ontology of movement and becoming. Metabodies resonate with Karen Barad’s agential realism, where intra-action generates the very parts that enter the relation; with Simondon’s transduction, where an activity generates its own conditions of possibility; and to Erin Mannings relational movement, a movement that worlds.
Metamedia points to the condition in which media generate and transform their own conditions of possibility in an ongoing critical and creative process that never settles into a new defined sensory architecture, thus warding off the danger of perceptual totalitarianisation on which contemporary power regimes are grounded.
Metabody Conference Series is part of the Metahuman/Metaformance Studies programme of the Metabody Project, that embraces the series of PRESENTATIONS taking part in more than 25 events in more than 15 cities of 11 countries. MetamediaLab is the nomadic WORKSHOP module of the Metabody Project. The first conference bears the title “Multiplicities in Motion: Affects, embodiment and the Reversal of Cybernetics. 3.000 years of posthuman history” and explores a first transversal field of critique and creative invention for the Metabody project addressing the history of perception. The first MetamediaLab production workshop bears the title “Bodynet: how to make a network of bodies“, addressing the potential inversion of the contemporary disembodied Internet paradigm in which even biometric “embodied” networks reduce corrporeality to information patterns.
Metahuman Metaformance Studies comprises emergent topics such as:
- Neocolonial studies – postcolonial studies
- Metaformance and metaformativity studies -Performance and performativity studies
- Post-queer and queer studies
- Post-ability and disability studies
- Metahuman studies
- Comparative posthumanisms: Humanism, Posthumanism, Hyperhumanism, Transhumanism and Metahumanism
- Feminisms, transfeminisms, postfeminisms, microfeminisms
- Postgender and sexual disorientation studies
- Postmonogamy studies, post-intimacy studies, sex work studies, post-genital sex studies
- Metacultural studies
- Matatekhnes & Metamedia studies
- Metaontology – Metaepistemology
- Metadisciplinary studies
- Metaperception & Meta-affordance
- Post-cyborg & Post-species studies
- Metacognitive studies
- Affect theories and meta-emotion studies
- History of animal and human emotions, posthuman and non human affects
- Minoritarian affects and embodiments (queer, postcoloniality, feminisms, disabilities)
- Kinethics, Ontokinethics, Kinethology, Panchoreographic studies
- Epistemology and ontology of movement
- History of perception and post-consciousness studies
- Hyperreality and hyperhumanism studies
- Embodiment and information – History of cybernetics, information and media
- Enaction, affordances, proprioception, premovement and other fields of cognitive science
- Agential realism, Relational ontology, Ontologies of becoming, Transduction
- Emotion simulation, capture, analysis, militarization and capitalization
- (Ir)reducibility of affects to universal patterns of emotion and information
- Aesthetics of global surveillance
- Affective Capitalism
- Bioethics, media ethics and kinethics
- Posthuman ecology and metahuman ethics, Cyborg ethics
- Uncanny Valley studies
- Boundary non-object studies
- Illegibility studies and near-legibility studies
- Information vs. in-formation
- Cybernetics vs. cybernethics