Welcome to the graphic design department’s annual opening lectures, 2019
Pip Thornton 
Linguistic Capitalism: Critique and Intervention
Danah Abdulla
Against Performative Positivity: a designerly ennui
+ music to follow with DJ’s, Nakamichi and NM_____  
Open to the public. Friday 6 September, 18:30 @ Butchers Tears, Karperweg 45, Amsterdam
Pip Thornton
Title: Linguistic Capitalism: Critique and Intervention
Biography: Pip Thornton is a post-doctoral research associate in Creative Informatics at Edinburgh University. Her thesis, Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction: A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism, put forward a theoretical, political and artistic critique of Google’s search and advertising platforms. Her academic publications include A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: Provocation/Intervention (GeoHumanities 2018), and Geographies of (con)text: Language and Structure in a Digital Age (Computational Culture 2017) and she has presented in a variety of venues including the Science Museum, the Alan Turing Institute and at the transmediale festival of art and digital culture in Berlin. Her work has featured in WIRED UK and New Scientist, and collections from her artistic intervention {poem}.py are currently on display at the Open Data Institute in London and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Danah Abdulla 
Title: Against Performative Positivity: a designerly ennui
Biography: Danah Abdulla is a designer, educator and researcher. She is Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at Brunel University London, a founding member of the Decolonising Design research group, and the Creative Director and Editor of Kalimat Magazine. She holds a PhD in Design from Goldsmiths, University of London. www.dabdulla.com
Invitation design by Benedikte Hindstedgaard and Pernille Knudsgaard, 2nd year students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Graphic Design Department. Thank you Butchers Tears