Ramon Johnson Amaro
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Ramon Amaro’s writing, research and practice emerge at the intersections of Black Study, psychopathology, digital culture, and the critique of computation reason. He draws on Frantz Fanon’s theory of sociogenic alienation to problematise the de-localisation of the Black psyché in contemporary computational systems, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. Ramon’s research pulls away from notions of psychic negation, as set forth by the Fanonian model of representation, to investigate alternative modes of relation between race and technology. His ultimate aim is to develop new methodologies for the study of race and digital culture. Ramon is under contract from Sternberg/MIT Press to write a monograph on machine learning, race, and the philosophy of being, provisionally titled Machine Learning, Sociogeny and the Substance of Race. He is a founding member of the Queer Computing Consortium (QCC), which investigates the “languages” of computation in its role in shaping locally embedded community practices.
Ramon has been on the Commissioning Board for the AHRC supported Ada Lovelace Institute JUST AI Network call for fellows in racial justice in AI, an advisor to the Barbican London major exhibition “AI: More Than Human”, Het Niuewe Instituut (Rotterdam) Research Fellowship, and Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE), and the Dutch Art Institute Roaming Academy. He has participated in the Russian Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Biennial of Architecture, the Dutch Pavilion at the 2019 Milan Triennale, Dubai Design Week, and the Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennial of Architecture. Ramon has also taught summer school programmes in Hong Kong at the Tai Kwun Summer Academy, in Mexico City at Materia Abierta, and remotely in Utrecht at “Posthuman Convergence” summer school, organised by Prof. Rosi Braidotti. Source: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/art-history/dr-ramon-amaro