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Adam Nocek works at the intersection of philosophy, design, media, and the biological sciences. In both theory and practice, Nocek seeks to expand what we mean by technology to reimagine how it designs and mediates life on earth. His most recent work focuses on the political, economic, and ecological exploitation of computational design at scale. This has propelled his work to engage a wide range of pressing topics in recent years, from algorithmic governance and the computational biosciences to tactical urbanism, the design of artificial ecosystems, and the loss of biodiversity through urban development.

Nocek is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. He is the Founding Director of ASU’s Center for Philosophical Technologies, and the editor of Techniques Journal. Nocek is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Nocek recently published Molecular Capture: The Animation of Biology (Minnesota, 2021), and is completing his next monograph, Governmental Design: On Algorithmic Autonomy. Nocek is the co-editor of Design in Crisis: New Worlds, Philosophies and Practices, The Lure of Whitehead, along with several other collections and special issues, including a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities titled, “Ontogenesis Beyond Complexity.”

In 2021, Nocek co-founded the School of Materialist Research, along with Katerina Kolozova (Director, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje), Vera Bühlmann (Director, Department for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technics at TU Wien), and Iris van der Tuin (Professor, Theory of Cultural Inquiry, Utrecht University). Nocek was recently a faculty fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Study and held the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professorship.

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Project Release19 MAY

The School of Materialist Research (SMR)

SMR is an international platform, that functions as a global online school combining education, research, and mentorship to advance academic study at the intersection of the Social Sciences and Humanities and the STEM sciences.
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Project Release30 APR

Techniques Journal

Techniques Journal occupies a hybrid space in the world of publication: it is at once an academic journal and an art magazine, a curatorial platform and a design experiment.
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Conference21-22 October 2021

Many Regimes of Capital in the Postdigital Age

Keynote presentation at UW, Warsaw in Poland. Capitalism today is gaining new meaning and looking for a new name, new theorethical and practical approaches. In recent decades, philosophers and critical theorists have taken to reconceptualizing the many appearances of Capital: from cognitive, affective, and neoliberal capitalism to computational, surveillance, necro-, and anarcho-capitalism.
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SymposiumMay 20, 2021

Design Pedagogy Symposium

The impetus for this gathering is an ongoing conversation about the transdisciplinarity of design education in the 21st century. In the symposium we aim to explore how design pedagogy is an area of research-practice that is not limited to teaching studios, but it is an ongoing process of learning and experimenting with new methods and techniques that extends into professional practice and other domains of research-creation. Organised by School of Form, Warsaw, Poland
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Book Release JAN 5

Molecular Capture: 
The Animation of Biology

Book reveals how popular media consumption and biological knowledge production have converged in molecular animations—computer simulations of molecular and cellular processes that immerse viewers in the temporal unfolding of molecular worlds—to produce new regimes of seeing and knowing.
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