From the Sputnik to the Stack

A lecture by Dr. Pablo DeSoto

Date: 2018-02-19
Time: 09.00 - 10.00
Place:   Theater, Umeå School of Architecture

This Lecture will explore a critical account for the human's relations to his analogue and digital environment through the history of technology from the Cold War to nowdays. The soviet Sputnik, ARPA network, Stafford Beer and Salvador Allende's Cybersin, TCP/IP protocols, hackitectura's projects or the Satelliteless Movement are some of the waypoints for a conversation supported by a conceptual toolkit including Donna Haraways's cyborg manifesto, Manuel Castells's space of flows, Toyo Ito's garden of microchips, Richard Stallman's free software and William J. Mitchell's spatial extended cyborgs. Ending point is Benjamin Bratton's proposition of the Stack. Drawing on political philosophy, architectural theory and software studies, Bratton proposes that cloud platforms, smart grids, mobile apps, smart cities, automation and the Internet of Things can be seen as forming a coherent whole: an accidental megastructure that is both a computational infrastructure and a new governing architecture.

2018 02 19 Pablo Desoto

Dr. Pablo DeSoto is a scholar and educator with an iconoclastic experience across geographic and disciplinary borders. He holds a Master Degree in Architecture from the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm and a PhD in Communication & Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Pablo is the editor of three books Fadaiat, Freedom of Movement and Freedom of knowledge, Situation Room: Designing a Prototoype of a Citizen Situation Room and After Video Assemblages. In the 2000s he was co-founder of, a group of architects, computer specialists and activists.


Image Credits:

The Sputnik: source:

The Stack: illustration by Metahaven in Bratton, Benjamin. The Stack, On Software and Sovereignty. MIT Press, 2016.