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26.11. Algorithmic Controversies (AA, London) (online)

23 November, 2021 - 20:02

Algorithmic Controversies. Dialogues towards an unveiling of architectural agency

PhD Symposium
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Friday, 26 November 2021

09:30 – Introduction
Pier Vittorio Aureli
Aylin Tarlan

Biopolitic of data
Introduction by Claudia Nitschze
10:00 - Georg Vrachliotis
10:40 - George Jepson
11:20 - Aylin Tarlan
Round Table

13:00 - Lunch break

Technologies of production
Introduction by George Jepson
14:00 - Mollie Claypool & Gilles Retsin
14:50 - Alessandro Bava
Round Table

16:00 - Coffee break

Digital infrastructures
Introduction by Mathilde Redouté
16:15 - Felix Stalder
17:20 - Evgeny Morozov
Round Table

Governmentality, an expression originally formulated by the 20th-century French philosopher Michel Foucault, combines the terms ‘government” and “rationality”. Government in this sense refers to an activity meant to shape, guide, or affect the conduct of people. In architecture, its early practical application can already be found in Ildefons Cerdà’s 1860 proposal for the redevelopment of Barcelona, a work grounded in an in-depth socio-statistical study transforming population in numbers. Here the possibility emerges to define a given social reality as a calculable, measurable object, thus transforming the paradigm of town-planning into a series of mathematical actions, no longer based on ‘natural’ life but on numbers, measurements, and calculated predictions.

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11.11. "The truth is artificial." (Paris)

31 October, 2021 - 15:59


An increasing number of images are produced autonomously by machines
for machines with a gradual exclusion of any human intervention. Automated Photography is a research project developed by the Master Photography at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne that addresses this situation by examining image production and distribution technologies, such as machine learning, CGI and photogrammetry.

On the occasion of Paris Photo, an immersive audiovisual exhibition, a symposium and a book present critical views and a selection of projects that explore the aesthetic and conceptual potential of automated photography.

My talk at the symposium is titled "The truth is artificial. Technology and epistemology in the account for complex situations." and will update some of the arguments I developed for my contribution to the book.

10.11.21 12:00-20:00
12.11.21 12:00-20:00
13.11.21 12:00-20:00


Nora Al-Badri
Simone C Niquille
Alan Warburton
Florian Amoser
Sara Bastai
Emidio Battipaglia
Emma Bedos
Alexey Chernikov
Gaël Corboz
Nikolai Frerichs
Sally Jo
Gohan Keller
Philipp Klak
Augustin Lignier
Valentin Woeffray

11.11.21 09:00-19:00


Emmanuel Alloa
Yung Au
Ann-Christin Bertrand
Estelle Blaschke
Claus Gunti
Milo Keller
Marco De Mutiis
Clément Lambelet
Boris Magrini
Simone C Niquille
Felix Stalder
Joël Vacheron
Anne-Katrin Weber

16.09. Arbeitskultur im Wandel (Hannover, online)

16 September, 2021 - 17:12

Arbeitskultur im Wandel. Eine Online-Vortragsreihe

Die Arbeitswelt unterliegt einem stetigen Wandel. Wo früher mit Schreibmaschinen gearbeitet wurde, stehen nun Computer. Wo früher Berechnungen von Hand vorgenommen wurden, erledigt dies heute Software. Doch nicht nur Technik und Methoden haben sich im Laufe der Jahrzehnte geändert, sondern auch das Miteinander in Arbeitskontexten und unsere Haltung zur Arbeit an sich.

Die VHS Hannover wagt einen Blick in die Zukunft und beschäftigt sich daher im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe „Arbeitskultur im Wandel“ mit den Themen:

Herausforderungen der Digitalität - Prof. Dr. Felix Stalder
Influencer-Relations - Prof. Dr. Annika Schach
Klassismus und die neue Arbeitswelt - Prof. Dr. Francis Seeck
BYOD - Einsatz von privaten Geräten in Arbeitskontexten - Phil Höfer
Podcast als Marketinginstrument - Georg Dahm
Superkräfte der Kommunikationskultur - Susanne Lorenz
Kulturwandel durch agiles Mindset - Frank Golinsky
Krisen als Chance für die Unternehmenskultur - Dr. Andreas Kohne
Arbeiten an der Zukunft - MA BA BSc Alexander Wöran (ars electronica)

Im Rahmen dieser Vorträge informieren Expert*innen Sie über neueste Erkenntnisse aus der Forschung, geben Ihnen Best Practice-Beispiel und stellen sich natürlich auch Ihren Fragen. Diskussionen sind ausdrücklich erwünscht!

03.06. Round table "The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy" (online)

28 May, 2021 - 08:28

The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), the UOC's research institute specializing in the study of the internet and the effects of interactions between digital technologies and human activity, is celebrating 20 years since its founding.

The event to mark this will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Manuel Castells' The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture. Castells, Professor of Sociology at the UOC and the current Spanish Minister for Universities, was formerly director of the IN3 and will take part in the event.

The key part of the event will be a talk by Castells himself: “The Network Society in the age of pandemics”.

There will then be a round table discussion moderated by philosopher and member of the UOC's Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Marina Garcés. The members of the panel will analyse Castells' work and the implications for today. The panel will include Diana Roig Sanz, ERC grant holder and ICREA Research Professor at the IN3; John Thompson, Professor of Sociology and Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge; Fernando Calderón, Professor at Argentina's Universidad Nacional San Martín (UNSAM) and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO); Ida Susser, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center; Felix Stalder, Professor of Digital Culture at Zurich University of the Arts, and Hana Jalloul, lecturer of International Relations at Univeristy Carlos III (Madrid).

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13.05. "The digital city as laboratory for the more-than-human society." University of Posnan (online)

6 May, 2021 - 08:18

Najbliższe spotkanie: Prof. Felix Stalder "The digital city as laboratory for the more-than-human society."

Spotkanie odbędzie się 13 maja 2021 o godzinie 18:00 na MS Teams (kliknij TUTAJ, aby przejść do seminarium)

This talk starts from three assumptions. First, digital media have contributed to social diversity and polarization by leading people into ever more self-enclosed worlds, some of which are constructive, while others are destructive. Commercial social media have amplified the destructive ones for their own interests. Second, digitization and the informational economy are a driver of the “great acceleration” pushing the earth system beyond the relatively steady-state during which human civilization has so far existed. Third, digital infrastructures are necessary to manage the sharply increased complexity of the “post-industrial” society. From this, a major challenge emerges: how to use new digital infrastructures to bring people together, establish new forms of participation in the res publica, that is, the things that are shared by and affect, everyone. This is a daunting task because the institutions of the res publica cannot simply extend participation by citizens, as important as this is, but they need to account for the massively extended range of actors – technical as well as biological and even geological – that make up the dynamic system in which we live. I will look at the city-scale for practical examples of new social institutions.

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11.05. Digital Unconscious. Book Launch (online)

5 May, 2021 - 17:42

Tuesday, 11. Mai, 19.00 @ Depot Vienna -- online (Zoom Link)
Digital Unconscious
Book Launch

Franco Berardi "Bifo", philopher, activist, Bologna
Cécilia Calheiros, writer, Paris
Steve Kurz, Critical Art Ensemble, USA
Katja Mayer, sociologist, University Vienna
hosted by Felix Stalder and Konrad Becker (eds.), World Information Institute, Vienna

In hyper-normal hybrids the boundaries between man and machine have dissolved. Inside their nervous systems lies a strange but fascinating theme: the digital unconscious.

Which forces act through algorithmic processes?
What secrets be found in the shadowy realm of technology, welded to human nervous systems?
How can the complexity of these relationships be described and what forms of access can cultural approaches offer?

Autonomedia publishing: "Digital Unconscious - Nervous Systems and Uncanny Predictions!" S.M. Amadae, Franco Berardi Bifo, Cecilia Calheiros, Ewen Chardronnet, Critical Art Ensemble, Erik Davis, Graham Harwood, Eva Illiouz, Lydia H.Liu, Katja Mayer, El Iblis Shah, Felix Stalder, Michael Taussig, Peter Lamborn Wilson. ISBN: 978157027

29.04. Das Digitale Bild (Keynote) Uni München (online)

15 March, 2021 - 14:55

Es freut mich sehr, an der Konferenz "Das digitale Bild – Die soziale Dimension, politische Perspektiven und ökonomische Zwänge" (28-30.04) eine Keynotezu halten. Die Konferenz wird im Rahmen des DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm: „Das digitale Bild“ ausgerichtet.

Composite Images. On the transformation of visual truth claims.

Forensic Architecture and the Invisible Institute, still from Six Durations of a Split Second: The Killing of Harith Augustus (2019).


It has been a peculiarity of Western modernity – the cultural constellation that extended, roughly, from the mid 15th to the mid 20th century – to assume that images represent the world as it is, in an objective, optical sense and that which can be seen is what counts. Contemporary digital technologies of image-making are, on the surface, extending this claim by creating ever more ‘realistically’ detailed images (HD, UltraHD, 4K, 8K, Gigapixel etc), yet, more importantly, they are fundamentally undermining it, by moving from the representation of an external reality to the generative production of images. At the same time, what constitutes reality is becoming ever more complex and distributed, eroding the value of representational images to make sense of it. With that, we need a new way of understanding images, as composites rather than indexes, and the role they play in the production of truth claims.

23,04. The digital condition and reconstitution of the public(s), Keynote, Lisbon (online)

11 March, 2021 - 10:48

I'm very happy to give a keynote lecture at the ​​Art, Museums and Digital Cultures Conference, organized by MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon. The conference date is 22-23 April 2021, my talk is on the second day, 10:00 AM

The digital condition and reconstitution of the public(s)

The digital condition has eroded many of the categories that have structured modernity. In this talk, I want to focus on two of them which are directly relevant to museums and other memory organizations, defining institutions of modern culture. One is the distinction between "public" and "private", the other is between "professional" and "amateur". These categories are no longer useful to structure the relations between these institutions and the wider environment in which they are embedded. Contemporary cultural production is defined by ubiquitous patterns of referentiality, communality, and algorithmicity. They transform the public into publics and give rise to "mass creativity" that threatens to bypass existing memory institutions.

22.04. Nehmen und Geben, IFK Wien (Hybrid)

8 March, 2021 - 12:48

Abstract meines Beitrags:

"Geben lässt sich nicht ohne Nehmen denken. Gerade in komplexen
Problemlagen ist es die Freiheit der Aneignung, die erlaubt etwas
Generisches (für alle bereits Bestehendes) für einen spezifischen
Kontext relevant zu machen, sei das in Form eines Remixes, oder einer

Zur Tagung:

„Open source, file-sharing, crowdfunding, peer production“ – die Welt der digitalen Kommunikation ist voller Wirtschaftspraktiken, die dem Geben und Schenken näher sind als dem Marktkauf. Zwar ist die Gabe durch Marcel Mauss’ „Essai sur le don“ in den Kanon der Kulturethnologie aufgestiegen, aber in der Wirtschaftswissenschaft gilt das Schenken eher als Fossil eines vorökonomischen Zeitalters.

Im Horizont der Digitalisierung wird eine Wirtschaftswissenschaft notwendig, die, um mögliche Entwicklungen einer global vernetzten Kooperationsgesellschaft zu reflektieren, neben dem Paradigma der jeweils abgeschlossenen Tauschhandlungen zwischen beliebigen Personen auch das Paradigma der endlos unabgeschlossenen Gabe zwischen miteinander verbundenen Personen gelten lässt. Die Tagung versammelt AutorInnen, deren Forschungen die sozialen Phänomene des reziproken Gebens und des ostentativen Schenkens beschreiben und verständlich machen. Sie thematisieren die sozialwissenschaftliche Wiederaufnahme des „Gabenparadigmas“ (Frank Adloff), sein Wirken in Organisationen und Gemeinwesen, seine Ausprägung in der Logik des Rechts und in den Narrativen der Literatur und seine Erscheinungsform in Kulturen, in denen die Versorgung mittels Markttransaktionen eine geringere Rolle spielte. Ihren gemeinsamen Bezugspunkt finden diese Studien in Beiträgen, die ausgewählte Fälle von Geben und Schenken in digitalen Netzwerken vorstellen.

KONZEPTION: Michael Hutter(Berlin) und Birger P. Priddat (Witten)

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13.04. Immersion as escapism, control or co-existence. Lecture, ZHdK (online)

3 March, 2021 - 14:55

Immersive Arts and Practice: Lecture Series

March 2nd | Christian Iseli | 17:15- 18:30h

March 16th | Marcus Maeder 17:15- 18:30h

March 30th | Hannah Walter | 17:15- 18:30h

April 13th | Felix Stalder | 17:15- 18:30h

April 27th | Maike Thies | 17:15- 18:30h

Felix Stalder, Department of Fine Arts, Digital Culture


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09.03. Book Launch “Aesthetics of the Commons”

1 March, 2021 - 14:55

We are very happy to announce the launch of our book "Aesthetics of the Commons", online via Depot in Vienna.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 7 pm (CET)

Link to zoom meeting (will be active at 6.45 pm):

Book launch and discussion

What do a feminist server, an art space located in a public park in North London, a ‘pirate’ library of high cultural value yet dubious legal status, and an art school that emphasizes collectivity have in common? They all demonstrate that art can play an important role in imagining and producing a real quite different from what is currently hegemonic; that art in the post-digital has the possibility to not only conceive or proclaim ideas in theory, but also to realize them materially. The underlying social imaginaries ascribe a new role to art in society and they envision an idea of culture beyond the individual and its possessions.

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03-30.11. 25 Years "Network Society", Barcelona (online)

4 December, 2020 - 19:21

2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Manuel Castells’ Trilogy. It is time to revisit the trilogy and explore the relevance of Castells’ pioneering work in the light of the current state of the network society and of the ways to research about it.

The aim of this workshop is to gather together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to engage with the Trilogy and debate on its contributions, legacies but as well shortcomings and new developments not envisioned at the time of its launch to try to develop a critical perspective on future trajectories of the network society and the information age.

I participated in panel 3: "The Geopolitics of the Network Society" with a paper entitled "Breakdown 2.0? Systemic blockages in late-stage statism and late-stage liberal capitalism".

16.-17.10 Momentum Kongress

19 October, 2020 - 13:19

Momentum Kongress 2020: Republik, 16 & 17.10. (online)

Track #8: Öffentliche Güter und Räume jenseits von Staat und Markt

Trackmoderation: Felix Stalder

  • In welchen Lebensbereichen sollen Gemeingüter neu geschaffen und gestärkt werden?
  • Wie können digitale Infrastrukturen für gemeinschaftliche Projekte genutzt werden?
  • Was macht bzw. machen inklusive Kunstprojekte im öffentlichen Raum möglich?

    Teilnehmer:innen und Ablaufplan, Track 8

  • 17.06. Digitalität Post-Covid (emc Wien) (online)

    18 June, 2020 - 08:33

    Gastvortrag und Diskussion. ecm - educating/curating/managing. Masterlehrgang für Ausstellungstheorie & -praxis

    18.00–19.30 Digitalität Post-Covid

    Aufbauend auf dem Text "Erfassen und Modellieren. Covid-19 und die Politik von «Big Data»" und dem Projekt "Sleep Battle" (Stadtwertkstatt Linz, 2018) diskutieren wir, wie der Digitalisierungschub durch Covid-19 unsere Wahrnehmung verändert, die Potentiale für offnen Umgang mit big data und die Rolle von Museen und anderen "memory institutions".

    16.06. Ringvorlesung: Art and Digital Culture (AdBK, Nürnberg) (online)

    10 June, 2020 - 15:11

    Prof. Dr. Felix Stalder: Zur Kultur der Digitalität


    10. Juni 2020, 18 Uhr

    In der Ringvorlesung werden verschiedene Implikationen von Digitalität in Alltagskulturen wie auch in der zeitgenössischen Kunst thematisiert und ihre kulturgeschichtlichen, gesellschaftlichen und ökonomischen Auswirkungen diskutiert. Die immer weiter zunehmende Bedeutung digitaler Technologien für die zeitgenössische Kunst wird von Künstler*innen, Kultur- und Medienwissenschaftler*innen, Designer*innen und Kurator*innen im Hinblick auf aktuelle Entwicklungen zur Sprache gebracht.

    Felix Stalder ist Professor für Digitale Kultur und Theorien der Vernetzung an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste und freier Autor in Wien. Er beschäftigt sich mit dem Wechselverhältnis von Gesellschaft, Kultur und Technologien und forscht u.a. zu Netzkultur, Urheberrecht, Commons, Privatsphäre, Kontrollgesellschaft und Subjektivität. Stalder ist zudem Vorstandsmitglied des World Information Institute in Wien, Mitglied des freien Forschungsprojekts "Technopolitics" und langjähriger Moderator der internationalen Mailingliste .

    Ausgehend von seiner gleichnamigen Publikation wird Felix Stalder die zentralen Aspekte seines Verständnisses der "Kultur der Digitalität" (erschienen 2016 im Suhrkamp Verlag) vorstellen.

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    21.04. Crises, Cracks and Openings. Technopolitics of COVID-19 (online)

    17 April, 2020 - 15:04

    Tuesday, April 21. 20:00

    (CEST, Central European Summer Time), Via ZOOM

    Join Zoom Meeting:
    Meeting ID: 940 5858 7129

    Crises, Cracks and Openings. Technopolitics of COVID-19

    The virus, officially named SARS-CoV-2, is often portrayed as something coming from the outside, be it nature or a foreign country. However, its spread is neither a natural disaster nor a strategic ploy, but a deeply techno-political event. As the disease turns into a pandemic it reveals many of the hidden structures and contradictions of the highly integrated, yet locally differentiated contemporary word.

    The societal reactions to the spread and the measures which are currently put into place are transformative and might turn revolutionary.

    To address an event as distributed and complex as COVID-19, no single point-of-view can suffice. Thus, we have invited artists and theoreticians from four places – Sao Paulo, Chicago, Tel Aviv, and Vienna – to speak about their particular experiences, the techno-political dynamics created by the virus, agency for cultural producers and speculate about what will remain.

    David Sperling Architect, Institute of Architecture and Urbanism (IAU), University of São Paulo
    Lucas Bambozzi Artist, Filmmaker and Activist, São Paulo
    Brian Holmes Researcher, Writer, Activist, Chicago
    Udi Edelman Isreal Digital Art Center, Tel Aviv
    Tsilla Hassine Artist and Art-up Founder, Tel Aviv
    Technopolitics Working Group Vienna