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)
How TDC lunchtimes work
TDC Lunchtimes offer an opportunity to mix informally with colleagues from across the university. There is always a pot of tea on the go so why not bring your sandwiches and enjoy lunch with us? This term we meet every Wednesday for an hour from 1pm-2pm. There will be a talk or video or workshop for about 30 minutes, then the rest of the time will be taken up with conversation and networking around the teapot.
The TDC is based in the old surgery behind Fletcher building, No.36 on the Campus Map. Access is by staff card, or ring the doorbell.