Alexander R. Galloway

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Alexander Galloway
EraContemporary Philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolMedia Studies, Continental Philosophy, Film Studies, Game Studies
Main interests
Speculative Realism, Materialism, aesthetics, computer network, digital media, Networked Art, Software art, Conceptual art

Alexander R. Galloway (1974) is an author and professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He has a bachelor's degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University in 2001. Galloway is known for his writings on philosophy, media theory, contemporary art, film, and video games.


Galloway's first book, Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization, is a study of information networks and their political and computational effects. More specifically, Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization, identifies the use of Internet protocols as "totalitarian." Galloway says that protocols like TCP/IP and HTTP are means of control that govern peoples interaction with the Internet. His other published writings examine film noir, video games, software art, hacktivism, and digital aesthetics. Galloway has conducted several seminars through The Public School NYC, including "French Theory Today"[1] and he has translated the work of philosopher François Laruelle and the Tiqqun collective.[2] Galloway is also a programmer and artist. He is a founding member of the Radical Software Group (RSG), and his art projects include Carnivore (awarded a Golden Nica at Ars Electronica 2002), and Kriegspiel (based on a war game originally designed by Guy Debord). Galloway was an Eyebeam Honorary Resident, and later became a member of their Advisory Council.[3][4]

In 2013 Galloway, along with Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark, published the book Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation. In the opening of the book the authors ask "Does everything that exists, exist to me presented and represented, to be mediated and remediated, to be communicated and translated? There are mediative situations in which heresy, exile, or banishment carry the day, not repetition, communion, or integration. There are certain kinds of messages that state 'there will be no more messages'. Hence for every communication there is a correlative excommunication."[5] This approach has been referred to as the "New York School of Media Theory."[6]


  • Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization, MIT Press, 2004. ISBN 0-262-07247-5
  • Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture, University of Minnesota Press, 2006. ISBN 0-8166-4851-4
  • The Exploit: A Theory of Networks, coauthored with Eugene Thacker. University of Minnesota Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8166-5044-6
  • French Theory Today — An Introduction to Possible Futures, The Public School New York, 2010. ISBN 978-2756104126 (translated into French by Clémentine Duzer and Thomas Duzer as Les Nouveaux Réalistes - Philosophie et Postfordisme, Editions Léo Scheer, 2012)
  • The Interface Effect, Polity Books, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7456-6252-7
  • Dark Nights of the Universe (with Eugene Thacker, Daniel Coluciello Barber, and Nicola Masciandaro) ([NAME] Publications, 2013). ISBN 978-0-9840566-7-5
  • Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation (with Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark) (University of Chicago Press, 2013). ISBN 978-0226925226
  • Laruelle: Against the Digital (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). ISBN 978-0816692132

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  1. ^ See "French Theory Today - An Introduction to Possible Futures"
  2. ^ Galloway and Jason Smith co-translated Tiqqun's Introduction to Civil War, published by Semiotext(e) in 2010.
  3. ^ "Alexander Galloway |". Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  4. ^ "Alexander R. Galloway". V2_Institute for the Unstable Media. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  5. ^ Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation, Alexander R. Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark (University of Chicago Press, 2013), p. 10.
  6. ^ Geert Lovnik, "Hermes on the Hudson: Notes on Media Theory after Snowden", e-flux #54 (2014).

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