This talk will take Alfred Jarry's idea of pataphysics as a starting-point for future predictions in areas such as computer science, digital humanities, media arts, and literature. It suggests that the "crying need" for pataphysics first identified by King Ubu is more keenly felt than ever in an era of utilitarianism. It will unveil the 'Syzygy Surfer', a new technology that has been developed in the IOCT, that fuses pataphysics and search to create an unpredictable and divergent engine.
Recommended Reading: Hugill, Andrew (2012) 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press."
Prof Andrew Hugill, (Humanities, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities) with Prof Hongji Yang (Software Technology Reseach Lab, Faculty of Technology) and Fania Raczinski (Institute Of Creative Technolgoies)