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REAL SMART CITIES The closing seminar: A Theoretical Experimentation

REAL SMART CITIES

The closing seminar: A Theoretical Experimentation.

4 sessions: 2 hours each.

Monday 4thApril, Monday 11th April, Monday 25th April, Monday 2nd of May from 4 to 6 pm (Dublin Time).

The seminar will take place in hybrid mode in the TU Dublin EastQuad Room EQ-213.

For those attending virtually, the link will be to the webex platform link here :

Context :

The Real Smart Cities theoretical thread has been weaving itself for almost 5 years now and represents as an example of contributory research carried out by researchers from various disciplines and countries. It has been contributory research in constant progress, a conceptual experimentation with iterations in action overtime, in which the contributions of each discipline have been entangled with the contributions of others, manifesting not a flat harmony or homogeneity, but precisely a heterogeneity and a metastable balance. In this sense, the results of the research are awaiting further reflection at another level as theoretical experimentations in the epistemological, aesthetic, ecological, juridical, clinical, ethical and political fields.

The academic publications produced by the members of the project reflect not only the internal milestones of the project, through which it was possible to go from a representation of what a Smart city is (its state of fact) to what a real smart city could and even should be (its state of law), to a range of concepts that can help to ground our idea of “real smart” as noetic intelligence (noesis requiring an externalized support, a technical support), here understood as the engine of collective ecological individuations and territorial transindividuation.

The attempt to rethink digital networks through the image of the archipelago has a political ethical impetus; to picture a new form of smartness based on noodiversity and technodiversity is an example of such a theoretical creation (see the special issue “Guayaquil Archipelago” of Ethics & Politics), the exploration of the concept of locality is another. Locality no longer as an idyllic and identitarian place, but as a power of openness and differentiation from the micro scale (the individual) up to the meso, macro and meta scales (institutions and the biosphere as a technosphere).

In addition, it is worth remembering the epistemological and sociocultural diagnosis that supports the ideation of the images of locality and archipelago as an alternative and a bifurcation from the present state of fact: algorithmic governmentality; hyper-control; epistemic, aesthetic and ecological proletarianization; the conceptualization of extractivisms (from oils, minerals and plantation to data, attention, dopamine, knowledges, etc.); anthropy, anti-anthropy and neganthropy; digital sovereignty; anti-social sculpture, are only some of the concepts applied or developed over these five years, together with the notion of “work” conceived as a neganthropic ouverture (from the French oeuvre), that ties contributory research to contributory economy as the very engine of the Internation (internation.world).

Conversely, the epistemological plane of exosomatization outlined by Stiegler (via Lotcka), as well as the applied methodology of pharmacology and organology, on the one hand, and the programmatic horizon of the “Internation” set in motion by the homonymous team and through the book Bifurcate (Stiegler et al.) on the other hand, define the conditions of possibility to pass from the final steps of the Real Smart Cities project to the inaugural theoretical phase of the NEST project.

Nevertheless, we are still far from fully comprehending the openness of the set of concepts mentioned above; the modality of their virtual and actual relations outside the texts in which they have been forged. At the same time, we feel the particular complexity of staying in the interstices between the two projects, within a planetary situation that was hard to imagine when Real Smart Cities started. Not only is the worldwide pandemic and its consequences still present, but also the ongoing war in

Ukraine, with its side effects on all scales of the economic, ethical, biopolitical, ecological, noetic, epistemic and territorial spheres are revealing another face of the Capitalocene (Moore) and thus of the Entropocene (Stiegler) along with the urgency of further developing the very perspective of the Internation.

The general goal of the seminar is thus to articulate these concepts in the theoretical contemporary scenario, and to use them even beyond their original textual milieus, as a conceptual toolkit to improve the work packages of NEST project. This is also the challenge to pass from the locality and the intelligence of the city to those of territories.

Screen Shot 2022-04-04 at 18.01.55Methodology:

We invite scholars to elaborate their own re-reading of some key themes of the main publications of Real Smart Cities, in order to find possible ways to connect, extend, stress or reframe the concepts that will orient further research within the Networking Ecologically Smart Territories project.

Days and time: Monday 4th, 11th, 25th April; May 2. from 4pm to 6pm

First session, Monday, April 4th

A general introduction by Prof. Noel Fitzpatrick (15 minutes);

Principal intervention: Dr. Paolo Vignola, “Everybody can be an auto-extractivist. The Anti-social Sculpture and a Diagnose of the Res Extracta” (30 minutes).

General discussion.

Second session, Monday, April 11th

One introduction (10-15 minutes);

2 short presentations (20-25 minutes each).

General discussion

Third session, Monday, April 25th

One introduction (10-15 minutes);

2 short presentations (20-25 minutes each).

General discussion

Fourth session, Monday, May 2nd

One introduction (10-15 minutes);

2 short presentations (20-25 minutes each).

General discussion

ESSENTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY

Baranzoni, S; Fitzpatrick, N; Vignola, P. (eds.). “Guayaquil Archipelago”. Ethics&Politics, XXII, 2020, n. 2.

Stiegler, B. with the Collective Internation (eds.). (2021). Bifurcate. “There Is No Alternative”. London, Open Humanities Press, 2021.

Stiegler, B. (ed.). Le nouveau génie urbain. Paris: FYP, 2019.

 

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