News & Events

Events in 2018-2019

June 14, 2019: Lecture at TORCH

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I will be giving a lecture hosted by the TORCH research network, Life Itself: In Theory and Practice. Links and dates to come.

May 17-18, 2019: Keynote at Spiral Film and Philosophy Conference “Living in the Pluriverse”

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I will be the keynote speaker at the Spiral Film and Philosophy Conference in Toronto. Dates and information can be found here

March 28th: The Animatic Apparatus: Book Launch and Party

The department of Culture and Media invites you to join Deborah Levitt, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media, in conversation with Jonathan Beller and Jason LaRiviere about her new book The Animatic Apparatus: Animation, Vitality, and the Futures of the Image.

Thursday, March 28th, 6 PM

Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall, I 203 55 West 13th Street, Room I-203, New York, NY 10011

Facebook event invite here!

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November 15, 2018: SLSA Conference in Toronto

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In November I will present my paper “The Unthought Circuit: Virtual Reality and the Anthropo(s)cenic Imagination” from 4:30-6 PM.

A Conversation with Media Historian and Theorist Deborah Levitt in Public Seminar

I join Bettine Josties in conversation about the central themes of my new book The Animatic Apparatus. Read “How Does Animation Change our Concept of Life and What Kind of Ethics Does it Require?” on Public Seminar. Published November 26, 2018


In this excerpt I discuss what kind of an ethics the age of the animatic apparatus, which profoundly affects our conventional idea of life and the relation between the body and the image, requires and what kind of risks and possibilities an ethics corresponding to the condition of animation entails. Published November 25th, 2018.

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October 13: Through The Singularity Panel at Imagine Science Film Festival

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I join Caleb Foss and others in a panel discussion called Through the Singularity. “The structure and character of modern life is shifting in ways that would have been incomprehensible to previous generations. The films in this program chart highly varied and uncommon paths: sci-fi secret histories of the last thirty years of tech invention, found-footage dystopian micro-epics, calmly nightmarish yet believable accounts of the next stages of forced upgrading, poetic essays into the risks of close observation, and other haunting expeditions into a vastly interconnected 20XX and beyond.”

More info can be found here.

My essay "Five Theses on Virtual Reality and Sociality" up on Public Seminar now

courtesy of Hyphen-Labs

courtesy of Hyphen-Labs

I explore the potential implications of VR for subjectivity and the social world. Published May 10th, 2018.

Zero Books Podcast

I talk with Doug Lane, the publisher of Zero Books, about The Animatic Apparatus and various other topics including virtual reality, the real, CGI, and post-cinematic affect.