Sayak Valencia – The Livestreaming Regime: From Gore Capitalism to Contemporary Snuff Politics
November 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
What is “gore capitalism” and how does it turn into “snuff politics” in the borderlands between Tijuana and San Diego? In answering those questions, Sayak Valencia discusses examples of audiovisual devices and virtual social networks that challenge the regime of truth through what she calls “the livestreaming regime.” Her talk considers how the contemporary body has become a platform for a new media-disseminated common sense that produces bio-hyper-mediated subjectivities. She analyzes viral trends, fashion, and acts of cultural as well as corporeal appropriation that crystallize in diverse bodies and demonstrate the influence of virtual networks in the construction of the material world.
Dr. Sayak Valencia earned her doctorate in Feminist Philosophy, Theory, and Criticism from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2010. She is a Tijuana – San Diego based poet, essayist, performance artist and academic. Her publications include Gore Capitalism (MIT Press, 2018) as well as over thirty academic articles and contributions to both books and international journals.
Moderated by Gazela Pudar (University of Belgrade)