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30.04. The Civic Technology Day (Zurich)

11 March, 2019 - 14:17
Four debates about the politics of technology

Saturday 30 March, 2019
10 am – 4 pm
Karl der Grosse, Free entrance


10–10:30 am: Welcome

10:30–11:30 am:
Felix Stalder & Sophie Mützel

How politically neutral is Technology?

Although “technology” per se is still perceived as neither a good nor bad thing -but only a mean to an end-, it’s increasingly evident that Internet, its uses, tools and infrastructures are carrying on with them not only political consequences of critical importance, but also an entire cosmovision of metrics and efficiency.

We open the event with the above stated question with the hope of peeking through the armoured glass walls of “political neutrality” and “unregulated & neoliberal” truisms that seem to protect Technology and the Internet from any critical civic examination.

11:45 am–12:45 pm
Hein Schekellens & Nicolas Zahn

How Big Data and Algorithmicity shape and influence the politics of Internet?

Are algorithms pure mathematical operations devoid of ideology, or is the very attempt of eliminating subjectivity also a form of politics? Is there any ethical contradiction in using tools manipulated by algorithms to organize and take political action? Are Facebook and Twitter a good place to build a political debate?

12:45–1:45 pm:
Pause for lunch

1:45–2:45 pm:
Adrienne Fichter & Rafael Grassi

How technology affects the political debate on the media and the civil society?

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21–24.03 Artistic Shadow Libraries @ Find the File (Berlin)

11 March, 2019 - 14:11

Find the File” (Mar 21 – 24, 2019) at HKW, Berlin is a discursive music festival on the questions: How is music collected, preserved, selected and reactivated today? What do collections and archives represent? And what can be found in them? We are proud to contribute “Artistic Shadow Libraries”, a new video work by Cornelia Sollfrank based on interviews we conducted during the research process of "Creating Commons".

This interview montage shows artists creating web archives as commons practice: the art wiki Monoskop, the no-budget avant-garde archive UbuWeb, the online libraries Aaaaarg and and, a database containing 15,000 films. By means of technical infrastructures, communities and mutual negotiation of terms of use, these “shadow libraries” provide access to cultural assets – unauthorized, free of charge, collaborative. In times of progressive containment, they thus make a both undogmatic and precarious contribution to accessing and collaboratively establishing cultural memory.

Creating Commons (Cornelia Sollfrank, Felix Stalder, Shusha Niederberger)

14.3. Digitale Kunst – künstliche und künstlerische Intelligenzen (Zürich)

11 March, 2019 - 13:42

14. März 2019,
13.00–17.30 Uhr

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Hörsaal 1, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich

Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) ist in aller Maschine – so könnte man meinen, wenn man sich die aktuellen Debatten anhört. Auf jeden Fall weitet sich das (autonome) maschinelle Handeln in beinahe alle Gesellschaftsbereiche aus. Es hat längst auch die Kunst erfasst. Es geht dabei nicht mehr nur um mittels digitaler Technologie hergestellte oder transformierte Kunstwerke, sondern grundlegend um «Maschinen als Autoren». Dies lenkt die Diskussion über die Autorschaft in eine zusätzliche Dimension und fordert das Urheberrecht grundlegend heraus. Ist aber dieses von KI – oder nüchterner gesagt: von Algorithmen – Erschaffene bestenfalls eine «hingebungslose Ausdrucksform»? Oder lässt es sich doch mit einem auf menschlicher Kreativität basierenden Werk vergleichen, dem eine Authentizität und Aura zugeschrieben wird? Und wie geht der Kunstmarkt mit dieser «Robot Art» um?

Solche Phänomene beschäftigen gleichermassen Theorie und Praxis in Kunst und Recht. Denn es geht – erst recht im Zeitalter der KI – um Autorschaft, Authentizität sowie das Verhältnis von Original und Kopie – und schliesslich um die Frage, was ein «Original» unter diesen Vorzeichen sein kann.

Die Tagung befasst sich mit diesen Themen aus Sicht der Kunsttheorie und Kunstpraxis, beschreibt die Relevanz im Kunstmarkt und diskutiert die neuen Herausforderungen aus Sicht des Urheberrechts.

Diese Veranstaltung entsteht in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Schweizer Forum für Kommunikationsrecht SF-FS und dem Collegium Helveticum

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01.02. Creating Commons: Affects, Collectives, Aesthetics (Transmediale, Berlin)

25 January, 2019 - 12:09

#13 Creating Commons: Affects, Collectives, Aesthetics

Panel discussion with,
Jeremy Gilbert
Gary Hall
Laurence Rassel

Moderated by Cornelia Sollfrank, Felix Stalder
Fri, 01.02.2019
13:00 to 14:30
Auditorium, HKW

The commons have become a powerful vehicle for conceptualizing and experimenting with ways of being, becoming, and working together, within and across conflicting settings. As they are based on a careful handling of resources, they are mostly discussed within the framework of alternative economies, leaving aside the affective drive that shapes their multiple forms. Focusing on concrete practices, this panel brings together concepts of affect with structural definitions of the (digital) commons and addresses a number of questions: What kind of aesthetic can contribute to a practice of commoning? How to create conditions for the production of free resources? What can the focus on affect add to the fostering of the commons?

This panel discussion is hosted by Cornelia Sollfrank and Felix Stalder on behalf of the research project Creating Commons at the Zurich University of the Arts.

12.01. If everything is true. Knowledge and Manipulation (HKW, Berlin)

28 December, 2018 - 10:57

Curated by Bernd Scherer and Olga von Schubert

From the linguistic development of so-called Artificial Intelligence to the decentralized structure of the blockchain, new technologies operate on the basis of training sets, into which are inscribed prejudices, world views, material infrastructures, and ownership logic. To what extent do the metaphors of intelligence and learning apply to the new technologies?

Who writes the protocols of algorithmic infrastructures and on the basis of which semiotic and semantic processes do they operate? Where do the opportunities for emancipation, self-determination, diversity, and decentralization lie within the realm of technological development? To what extent does it make sense to renounce the quest for meaning in the technological development of language, and what kind of algorithmic poetry does this engender? Taking as reference the work of Luc Steels, one of the world’s leading AI developers, artistic and activist positions are deployed to explore the development of technological language.

Giulia Bruno, Kate Crawford, Simon Denny, Armin Linke, Trevor Paglen, Felix Stalder, Luc Steels, Hito Steyerl, moderated by Bernd Scherer

Timetable of the event (PDF)

Detailed program infomation and essays (PDF)

my contribution:

HKW, AUDITORIUM 5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.


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