Pablo R. Velasco // Assistant Professor ❦ University of Aarhus

I am an Assistant Professor at the department of Digital Design & Information Studies at the University of Aarhus. My research critically explores digital culture through its technical infrastructures.

My PhD focused on the relations between authority, space, politics, and distribution of power in public blockchains. I am currently interested in the political and ontological implications of the progressively pervasive use of automated computational techniques, e.g. procedural generation and unsupervised machine learning methods. Please click below for list of recent publications and conferences.

Before joining AU I was an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) and a Sessional Tutor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), University of Warwick. Previously I obtained a Bachelor degree and an MA in Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where I worked on Heidegger's Concept of Truth and Language.

In my spare time I draw (here and here) and write fiction (in Spanish). You can peek on a digitally-embodied writing project.

Recent Publicactions

Recent Presentations


  • Blockchain and Social Technologies, Datarella: Blockchain As A Social Technology Meetup, Werk1, Munich, 22 Jan. (online Invited Speaker). [slides]


  • Learning from Failures: Procedural Generation as Mode of Production, When Robots Think: Interdisciplinary Views on Intelligent Automation, Franz Hitze Haus, Münster, 16 Nov.

  • Introduction to Digital Methods, Corso di laurea magistrale in Comunicazione pubblica e d'impresa/ Public and Corporate Communication /Corso di laurea triennale in Comunicazione e società, University of Milan, Italy, 23 Apr (Invited Speaker).


  • Infrastructural void: looking for the ‘social’ in Blockchain technology, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies Post-graduate Conference. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 20 Jun.

  • The people’s platforms: Bitcoin and Blockchain technology as an open, distributed, social value exchange, Society through the lens of the digital – Herrenhausen Conference, Hanover, Germany, 31st May. [poster]

  • Blockchain morphology: an historical perspective on the affaire between money and networks, Renewable Futures Conference – Economia, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 29th Apr. [slides]


  • Digital Singularity: the techno-political design of Bitcoin, Intellectual Property / Information Technology / Media Law Discussion Group, University of Edinburgh, UK, 14th Nov (Invited Speaker). [slides]

  • Rule-bending: disruption, consensus, and decision-making in Bitcoin hard-fork, 8th Annual S.Net conference: The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies, University of Bergen, Norway, 12th Oct.

  • Not for all the world’s coffees: the un-forkability of the Bitcoin blockchain. Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies Post-graduate Conference. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 30 Jun.

  • Excessive Research Stream. Transmediale/conversationpiece. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany. 4 Feb.


  • Logics of excess, waste and surplus in Bitcoin mining. Excessive Research PhD research workshop. Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University; transmediale/art&digitalculture and School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. John Lennon Art and Design Building, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. 3-5 Nov.

  • Sketching Bitcoin topologies: machines and markets. Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies Post-graduate Event. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. 26 Jun.

CV (pdf)

Digital Design & Information Studies
School of Communication and Culture
University of Aarhus
Helsingforsgade 14
8200 Aarhus N
5347 (Wiener building) room 117