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Neural Magazine 30 Year Anniversary and Tactical Publishing Book Launch

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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Join us for a celebration of the 30 year history of seminal digital culture and media art magazine Neural. The event will also be the London launch of Neural editor Alessandro Ludovico's new book Tactical Publishing: Using Senses, Software, and Archives in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press, 2023). The book explores the current transformative moment in publishing and proposes alternative strategies inspired by recent practices and unconventional uses of technology.

The event will include conversations and discussions with Alessandro Ludovico, Olga Goriunova, Joel McKim and Bronac Ferran, as well as a musical performance by Scanner (Robin Rimbaud). 



18:30 Welcome -- Joel McKim

18:35 Tactical Publishing --  Alessandro Ludovico in conversation with Olga Goriunova 

19:00 Break

19:10 Scanner: a performance

19:40 Neural magazine panel with Alessandro Ludovico, Bronac Ferran, Olga Guriunova and Joel McKim

20:10 Refreshments. Books for sale and signing.


Organised by the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology, Birkbeck. With support from the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network and the Open Society University Network


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  • Alessandro Ludovico -

    Alessandro Ludovico is Associate Professor at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and chief editor of Neural magazine since 1993. He is also one of the authors of the award-winning Hacking Monopolism trilogy of artworks (Google Will Eat Itself, Amazon Noir, Face to Facebook).

  • Bronaċ Ferran -

    Dr Bronaċ Ferran is a curator, writer and Research Fellow in Art and Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

  • Dr Joel Mckim -

    Joel McKim is Reader in Digital Media and Culture and Director of the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology at Birkbeck, University of London 

  • Olga Goriunova -

    Olga Goriunova is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London and the author (with Matthew Fuller) of Bleak Joys: Aesthetics of Ecology and Impossibility.

  • Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) -

    Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is a British electronic musician experimenting in the terrain between sound, space and art.  He has performed and created works in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces including SFMOMA USA, Pompidou Centre Paris, Tate Modern London, and Kunsthalle Vienna.