In Episode 2 of the Ideal Spaces podcast, we are joined by Professor Kean Birch, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change as well as Graduate Program Director of the Science & Technology Studies Program at York University, Canada. Kean’s research focuses on the emergence of a specifically technoscientific capitalism, entailing the increasing entanglement of technoscience and finance. His most recent project focuses on the diverse modes of rentiership in technology sectors, especially in the extraction and exploitation of our personal data, and what this means for the organization of markets and economies. Kean talks to us about the entanglement of space with financial logic, using two key examples of financial/social assets: bio-fuels and houses. We discuss the complex relationship between people and managed spaces, the collection and use of personal data, and the future of management.
In this episode, the contributors are:
- Professor Kean Birch
- Flora Loughridge
- Ulrich Gehmann
- Michael Johansson
00:31:57 S.M. Amadae, Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/prisoners-of-reason/0C3FF0AC512060E6A62A01AC77CCFA71
00:56:00 Kean Birch and Fabian Muniesa (eds), Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism, 2020, published open access by MIT Press.
00:56:18 Kean Birch, ‘Automated neoliberalism? The Digital Organization of Markets in Technoscientific Capitalism’, published in the journal New Formations, 2020
00:56:33 Ulrich Gehmann, Myths and Narratives for Management, published on Academia and Research Gate https://www.researchgate.net/publication/288886673_Myths_and_Narratives_for_Management
00:56:40 Michael Johannson and Ulrich Gehmann, Ideal Spaces Exhibition, written as part of the 6th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation, October 30-31 2017, Heraklion, Greece