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WARREN NEIDICH



GLOSSARY OF
COGNITIVE ACTIVISM
(For A Not-So-Distant Future) 



OUT DECEMBER 2023



Paperback
Publishes December 2023
Extent:  368 pages
Trim: 13 x 20 cm
Price: £18 / £10 (ebook)



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A repository of vital knowledge and conceptual therapeutics, a toolbox for the willing and the needy.

—Anders Dunker, Los Angeles Review of Books


If you want to talk about what is going on in the field of science, technology, neurology, and about the possibility of ending capitalism, you should read Neidich's book. For the first time someone has done the much-needed job of putting together the pieces, and of giving us a fragmented but consistent picture of the mutation that is changing the world.

Franco Berardi


An exciting and innovative survey of all manner of topics related to cognition and activism in the twenty-first Century. Neidich demonstrates deep insight into the conditions of our era of cognitive capitalism.

Victoria Pitts-Taylor


Warren Neidich's attempt in this Glossary of Cognitive Activism has something very similar to the enterprise of the Enlightenment Encyclopedists. The result is amazing: a true handbook of the real alternative culture. 

Yann Moulier Boutang


Irreplaceable… From ‘accelerationism’ to ‘zeitgeist’ by way of ‘duende’, ‘immaterial labor’, and ‘multitude’, the crucial concepts are all laid out clearly here. 

Barry Schwabsky

 

We live in a world of tremendous connectivity and little collectivity, leaving us witness to the diffuse degradation of personal freedoms. The resurgence of racism and sexism, the power of the global art market, the de-emphasis of theory and the humanities in university curricula, and assaults on privacy such as digital profiling, are just a few examples of the strategy of normalization and governmentalization in the digital economy.

Warren Neidich’s Glossary of Cognitive Activism, published by ERIS in a revised and expanded new edition, updates the epistemological foundations of resistance to this state of affairs. Cognitive capitalism assumes that wealth production is the product of a brain highly attuned to hyper-branded, designed sensibilities. Neidich’s project considers as antidote the role of diverse aesthetic production in the creation of neural maps and network configurations. Ranging in its concerns from ‘deep fakes’ and ‘Chat GPT’ to ‘poetry’ and ‘conceptual art’, the Glossary is a crucial guide to the world we live in, and to the ways in which we might remake it.


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WARREN NEIDICH trained in art, architecture, neuroscience, and medicine. He uses neon-light sculptures to create cross-pollinating conceptual text-based works that reflect upon situations at the border zones of art, science, and social justice. Recent awards include Stiftung Kunstfonds NEUSTART KULTUR (2020 and 2021), Hauptstadtkulturfonds (2021), and Katalogförderung des Berliner Senats (2017). His performative and sculptural work Pizzagate Neon (2018), recently on display at the Venice Biennale 2019, analyzed through a large hanging neon sculpture the relations between fake news, the networked attention economy, the evolving technocultural habitus, and the co-evolving architecture of the brain. He was a tutor in the Departments of Visual Art, Computer Science, and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2004–08), as well as recently serving as Professor of Art at Weissensee Academy of Art, Berlin (2016–18). He is founder and Director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (2015–), a theory- intensive postgraduate course. He has been a visiting lecturer at Brown University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Columbia University, Princeton University, Sorbonne University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles, among others. His work has been the subject of over 150 magazine and newspaper articles, including in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Artforum, Art in America, Kunstforum International, The Art Newspaper, Smithsonian Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Hyperallergic, Artnet, GQ, Forbes, Vogue IT, Monopol, Performance Art Journal, American Photographer, Time Out, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and Frieze. His Glossary of Cognitive Activism (For a Not So Distant Future) is now in its fourth edition.



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