Exhibition & Event

Art After Hours 2019

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Yuk Hui: Book Launch

Time |
Location |
2/F, JC Contemporary
Price |
Free of charge

Philosopher Yuk Hui will be launching his new book Recursivity and Contingency

One of the most pertinent philosophers working in Europe and Hong Kong, Yuk Hui will be launching his new book Recursivity and Contingency. This book employs recursivity and contingency as two principal concepts to investigate into the relation between nature and technology, machine and organism, system and freedom. Engaging with modern and contemporary European philosophy as well as Chinese thought through the mediation of Needham, this book refers to cybernetics, mathematics, artificial intelligence and inhumanism.

Dr. Hui will launch his book at the Artist Book Library, JC Contemporary Second floor.

This event will include a brief introduction, and Q&A session with Melissa Lee, Education and Public Programmes Curator, Tai Kwun Contemporary.

A book signing will take place after the Q&A session.

Light Refreshments will be served.


Recursivity and Contingency takes the remarkable adventure of thought begun in On the Existence of Digital Objects and The Question Concerning Technology in China in unexpected and astonishing directions, leaving its readers with much to think about and to take further themselves. — Howard Caygill, "Odysseus’s Oar", preface to Recursivity and Contingency

Yuk HUI is a philosopher, currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong. Since 2012, Hui has been teaching philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy at the Leuphana University in Germany and at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He is also a researcher of the Centre international des études Simondonienne in Paris, visiting faculty of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. He has published on philosophy of technology and media in periodicals such as Research in Phenomenology, Metaphilosophy, Theory Culture and Society, Parrhesia, Angelaki, Cahiers Simondon, Deleuze Studies, Intellectica, Krisis, Implications Philosophiques, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie, Techné, among others. He is contributing editor of 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (2015), and author of On the Existence of Digital Objects (prefaced by Bernard Stiegler, University of Minnesota Press, March 2016), The Question Concerning Technology in China. An Essay in Cosmotechnics (Urbanomic, December 2016), Recursivity and Contingency (prefaced by Howard Caygill, Rowman and Littlefield International, March 2019).