I am 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. 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. You can see some of the work (and the maps and code that I've made as part of it). Also, click below a for list of recent publications and conferences.
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. Before joining CIM I worked as a Research Assistant in three different universities in Mexico, on a diversity of subjects including Political Networks, Theory of Theatre, and National Security.
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.
In my spare time I draw (here and here) and write fiction (in Spanish). You can peek on a writing project.
- Velasco González, P. (2018). Cryptocurrency, in Barney Warf (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet. New York: SAGE.
- Velasco González, P. (2018). ‘Blockchain Morphology: On the Organs and Evolution of the Blockchain Animals’, in Economia: Methods for Reclaiming Economy, edited by Olga Mink and Wiepko Oosterhuis. Eindhoven: Baltan Laboratories.
- Tkacz, N., Velasco González, P. (2018). Experience Money, in Moneylab Reader 2. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.
- Velasco González, P. (2017). Computing ledgers: the political ontology of the Blockchain. Metaphilosophy, 48 (5): 712–26. doi:10.1111/meta.12274.
- Velasco González, P. (2017). “Role Play Your Way to Budgetary Blockchain Bliss”, in Ruth Catlow and Sam Skinner (eds.), Artists Re:thinking The Blockchain. Liverpool/London: Torque/Furtherfield.
- Velasco González, P. (2016). Sketching Bitcoin: empirical research of digital affordances, in Sebastian Kubitschko and Anne Kaun (eds.), Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Velasco González, P. (2016). Superabundant design: from waste to control in Bitcoin mining. A Peer-Reviewed Journal About (Excessive Research). Digital Aesthetics Research Centre, Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture. ISSN 2245-7755.
- Velasco González, P. (2016). Superabundance logic in Bitcoin mining. Transmediale – Conversation Piece, Excessive Research, A Peer-Reviewed Newspaper. Vol. 5, Issue 1. Digital Aesthetics Research Center, Aarhus University.
- De Jong, E., Tkacz, N., Velasco González, P. (2015). “You Will Live as Friends and Count as Enemies”: On Digital Cash and the Media of Payment. Moneylab Reader. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.
- 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.