Yves Citton is professor of French Literature at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis (since 2017). He previously taught at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (1986-1992, 2015), at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA (1992-2003), at the Université Grenoble Alpes (2003-2017), and has been invited Professor at New York University (2011), Harvard (2011) and Sciences-Po Paris (2002-2009). He is co-editor of the journal Multitudes and he recently published Médiarchie (Paris, Seuil, 2017), The Ecology of Attention (Cambridge, Polity Press, 2016, translation of Pour une écologie de l’attention, Paris, Seuil, 2014), Gestes d’humanités. Anthropologie sauvage de nos expériences esthétiques (Paris, Armand Colin, 2012), Renverser l’insoutenable (Paris, Seuil, 2012), Zazirocratie (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2011), L’Avenir des Humanités. Économie de la connaissance ou cultures de l’interprétation ? (Paris, Éditions de la Découverte, 2010), Mythocratie (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2010), Lire, interpréter, actualiser. Pourquoi les études littéraires ? (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2007) and L’Envers de la liberté. L’invention d’un imaginaire spinoziste dans la France des Lumières (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2006). His articles can be found online at www.yvescitton.net.
Surprendre des emprises des programmations
We often say that we live in a world of “data” (given), often forgetting that this is in fact “capta” (taken). The joint role of artists and scientists now could well be to over-take the way in which programmes deal with the capture and management of the data which prevalent economic paradigms feed on. What type of over-takings do contemporary artistic approaches give us the model of? What political value can we draw from it?
This intervention will require the clever mind of Vilém Flusser to define the issues of what is at play between human gestures and the programmed devices that now make up our working and living environment. The aim will not be to advocate a de-programming retreat, away from the pernicious and totalitarian grip of programming, or to settle for re-programming (a little better) the algorithms of ubiquitous computation. Rather, the aim seems to consist in over-taking what takes us, without necessarily claiming to avoid it, but with the hope of diverting the path of the ineluctable data companies that plot our daily lives and our futures.
Writer, literature and media professor Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis, co-director Multitudes — FR