Benjamin H. Bratton's work spans Philosophy, Art, Design and Computer Science. He is Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He recently founded the school's new Speculative Design undergraduate major. He is also a Professor of Digital Design at The European Graduate School and Visiting Faculty at SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture)
In The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty (MIT Press, 2016. 503 pages) Bratton outlines a new theory for the age of global computation and algorithmic governance. He proposes that different genres of planetary scale computation -smart grids, cloud platforms, mobile apps, smart cities, the Internet of Things, automation- can be seen not as so many species evolving on their own, but as forming a coherent whole: an accidental megastructure that is both a computational infrastructure and a new governing architecture. The book plots an expansive interdisciplinary design brief for The Stack-to-Come. See thestack.org Table of Contents Amazon
Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution (e-flux/ Sternberg Press, 2015. 196 pages) is a collection of short fictions on architecture and political violence. The book weaves fact and fiction to dramatize the symmetries and complicities between designed violence and the violence of design: their plots, schemes, utopias and dystopias. See dppflc.io Table of Contents Amazon
His current research project, Theory and Design in the Age of Machine Intelligence, is on the unexpected and uncomfortable design challenges posed by A.I in various guises: from machine vision to synthetic cognition and sensation, and the macroeconomics of robotics to everyday geoengineering.
Upcoming and Recent
* Techonomy16: Man, Machines and The Network, conference speaker, Half Moon Bay, CA, November 9-11, 2016.
* The European Graduate School, seminars. Valetta, Malta, April 2-4 2016. Saas-Fee, Switzerland, June 27-29, 2016.
* Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), residency. Helsinki, June 15-22, 2016.
* European Future of Wireless Technology, speaker, Huawei Sweden. Stockholm, June 13-14, 2016.
* International Symposium of Electronic Arts, keynote. Hong Kong, May 20 2016.
* University of Houston, Deserting the Site, symposium. Houston, May 17, 2016.
* Goldsmiths, University of London, Navigating Acceleration, keynote (by video-link, discussion with Ryan Bishop), May 13, 2016.
* The Stack and Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution, dual book launch, The New School, New York, May 3, 2016.
* The Gray Area Festival, speaker. San Francisco, April 22, 2016.
* The Stack, book launch and lecture. SCI_Arc, Los Angeles, April 13, 2016.
* Harvard Graduate School of Design, #decoding conference, speaker, Cambridge, MA., March 11, 2016.
* UCSDSD Speculative Design major launch event, UC San Diego, February 10, 2016.
* Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution, book launch event and discussion. Transmediale, Berlin, February 5, 2016.
Most Watched Videos
"Interview: On The Stack" SCI-Arc Channel
"The Stack We Have, The Stack To Come"
"We Need to Talk About TED"
"The Black Stack"
"A.I. and Cities: Platform Design, Algorithmic Reason and Urban Geopolitics"
"The Politics of Platform Technologies"
"The Sprawl"(by Metahaven)
Selected Recent Articles, Interviews, etc.
On Speculative Design dis magazine/ The Time Complex: Postcontemporary
Outing A.I.: Beyond the Turing Test (New York Times) Expanded version in Alleys of Your Mind: Artificial Intelligence and its Traumas (PDF)
Paranoids on Android (On Google's Deep Dream) TANK Magazine
The Black Stack e-flux journal
The Stack and the Post-Human User: Interview Het Nieuwe Institut, Rotterdam
Machine Vision: Interview dis magazine
The Role of Megastructure in the Eschatology of John Frum: On OMA's Master Plan for the Spratly Islands e-flux journal