Critical Creative Campaigns: Making Marketing in the Age of Neuro-Capitalism

| Workshop | Sunday 12 June, 2016 | [ SPACE ] White Building, Hackney Wick

As part of this year’s ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW! festival, and in partnership with SPACE Art + Technology, this hands-on workshop attempts to examine and appropriate some techniques used by the burgeoning ‘neuro-marketing’ industry.

Starting from the premise that the citizen is more than a consumer, we will EXPERIMENT with neuroscientific emotion recognition technologies. We will attempt to GET AROUSED by existing adverts and artworks, and GATHER DATA about our responses. We will DISCUSS and DE-CODE how aesthetic characteristics from colour to sound and frame rate effects our response to the media we experience.

Building on the above, we will CONSTRUCT creative materials to support messages of resistance = neuromarketing campaigns for the citizen, not the consumer.

All are welcome to be part of this attempt to reverse-engineer how creative skills can resist technologies of political control.

We invite you to join us!

In the true spirit of ANTINUIVERSITY the workshop is FREE but Eventbrite booking is essential. You can register here.

What is ‘Neuromarketing’?

“Neuropower is concerned not with the production of subjectivity in the present but in the creation of a perfect consumer of the future”, Warren Neidich.

“Advertisements are sunshine reports for reclining flesh… a massive defensive armature created by the mediascape”, Arthur Kroker.

Neuromarketing claims to help explain human behaviour by revealing what is happening inside of the “black box”of the mind (Fugate).

Until very recently the methods marketing companies used to measure market and individual consumer behaviour depended largely upon inference, either through consumer reports, surveys and focus groups.

In comparison, neuromarketing uses clinical information in the form of neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG) and biophysical monitors (galvanic skin response and facial recognition) about brain activity and biological mechanisms. Leveraging science to reveal what the consumer is actually feeling.

One of an emerging fields in a wider neurocapitalist industry –neuromarketing integrates marketing, economics, interaction and UX design and neuroscience with personal digital technologies– communicating to consumers of semiconscious and emotional refrains, rather than treating and trusting them as cognitive subjects, is a new reality.