Aarhus Universitet

THE OPERATIONAL PRESENT OF SENSIBILITY

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13
DEC
Aarhus Universitet, bygn. 1593, auditoriet
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Contemporary digital technologies afford unprecedented access to levels of temporal experience that have long remained beyond the scope of human thematization.

In their efforts to historicize these affordances, historians of science have insisted on the peculiarity of this access, the fact that it does not take place through any direct expansion of human perceptual capacities, but rather through a human-machine assemblage that supplements perception by putting it into systemic co-relation with a technical operationality whose “content” it (perception) cannot access.

In my paper, I will utilize this indirect model of the temporal expansion of human agency to explore contemporary micro-computational expansion of sensibility, both as it informs data capitalism and efforts to counter the latter’s sway.