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0x006 ::: Viral Realism

Published onNov 16, 2021
0x006 ::: Viral Realism
‘Viral Realism’ ::: are.na Research Archive

Virulence transcends desire. Thirty kilobytes of RNA doesn’t care about what you think it wants.

The past 18 months have - amongst many other things - demonstrated the fragility of both market-mediated capitalist structures and the Westphalian nation-state system in the face of networked contagion as global passive adversary. Our conversation may touch upon: viral nationalism, new signifiers of implicit risk models, the human costs of antiviral measures and the performativity of societal epidemiological theatre.

By analogy with 0x003 topic Algorithmic Realism, must we also leave idealist and formalist orientations in this viral behind to navigate our present viral realities?

Recommended Materials:
Inscriptome - Virus as Visual Instrument - Telhan & Offenhuber (article)
Principles of Coronademonology - Mohaghegh (article)
The Mask of Universality: Politics in the Pandemic Response - McGowan (article)
After the Pandemic, we can’t go Back to Sleep - Graeber (article)
The Biophilosophy of Epidemiological Models - Woodard (article)
Before epidemiologists began modelling disease, it was the job of astrologers - Pfeffer (article)
Before The Cell, There Was Virus - Dahiya (article)
An Aesthesia of Networks: Conjunctive Experience In Art And Technology - Munster (chapter 4)
The Shadows of Atheology - Thacker (article)
Epidemics, Power and Life after Foucault - Thacker (article)
Agamben WTF, or How Philosophy Failed the Pandemic - Bratton (article)
Viral Visualizations: How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online - Lee et al. (article)

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