Jon McKenzie, 21 March 2013

We’re please to announce a special session of the seminar with visiting scholar Jon McKenzie on 21 March.

Jon McKenzie (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
‘The Secret to Theory is a Good Set of Subwoofers: Take One’
21 March, 6.30-8.30pm
Room 261, Senate House

How might theorists experiment with sound, images, and interactivity in order to remediate logocentric thought and infrastructures? An informal presentation of video essays nested within  discussion of other forms of smart media and performative scholarship. Smart media: emerging genres of digital scholarship that supplement traditional academic forms such as books and articles; e.g., RSA Animates, Pecha Kucha, and theory comix. Performative scholarship: research and learning imbued with a) theatrical displacements à la Artaud, Schechner, and Lady GaGa; b) sociolinguistic force à la Austin and Butler; c) onto-historical resonance à la Marcuse and Lyotard; d) vita performativa à la Sloterdijk; and/or e) perfumance.

Jon McKenzie is Director of DesignLab, a digital composition center, and Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, where he teaches courses in performance theory and new media. He is the author of Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance (Routledge 2001) and such articles as “Global Feeling: (Almost) All You Need is Love,” “Performance and Globalization,” and “Towards a Sociopoetics of Interface Design.” He is also co-editor of Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research (Palgrave 2011). McKenzie has also produced a number of experimental video essays, including The Revelations of Dr. Kx4l3ndj3r (2012) and This Vile Display (2006), and gives workshops on performative scholarship and smart media. His work has been translated into a half-dozen languages.