12/13.10. E-relevance of Culture in the Age of AI (Rijeka)

Culture, Creativity and Artificial Intelligence will be discussed at an expert seminar in Rijeka, Croatia on 12-13 October 2018. The seminar “E-relevance of Culture in the Age of AI”, organised in the framework of the Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, will offer sector-specific input to the Council of Europe’s work on artificial intelligence.

In the presence of the Minister of Culture of Croatia, Ms Nina Obuljen Koržinek, experts and policy makers from the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) will discuss orientations for working towards a culture of responsible innovation, empowering citizens and laying the foundations for the emergence of a modern Leonardo da Vinci. Questions for debate include:

  • How can culture maintain its important human imprint and guidance role in a time where AI already heavily impacts people’s creativity?
  • Can it contribute to a more human- and citizen-centred technological future by proposing and developing alternative concepts?
  • How does AI impact on the perception of human uniqueness/genius, the role of artists, intellectual property? Can culture still represent a mirror of society in a time when AI intelligence blends with human creativity?

Experts, including Régine Debatty, Luba Elliott, Philippe Kern, Davor Misković, Matteo Pasquinelli, Felix Stalder, Vuk Ćosić and Gerfried Stocker, will shed light on AI-related challenges and opportunities that actually present not just a technical revolution, but also a cultural and social one.

1.10. Technopolitics Lecture (Tranzit, Bratislava)

Technopolitics Salon

lectures and discussion

Felix Stalder, Gerald Nestler, Axel Stockburger
Kristian Lukić

date: October 1, 2018 at 6pm
venue:, Beskydská 12, Bratislava

The event will be conducted in English.

Second edition of Technopolitics Salon in Bratislava will present three talks on the topics of communality and algorithmicity, finance and activism, digital culture and contemporary art. Technopolitics is an independent, transdisciplinary platform of artists, journalists, researchers, designers and developers who jointly develop innovative formats at the intersection of art, research, science, and pedagogy. In 2011, it was set up in Vienna as a circle that regularly meets for lectures and discussions. Technopolitics also produces interdisciplinary conferences and artistic research projects internationally. An important common objective is the investigation of large-scale historical processes structured by technoeconomic paradigms from a critical, explorative standpoint.

Felix Stalder
The Digital Condition

Referentiality, communality, and algorithmicity have become the characteristic cultural forms of the digital condition because more and more people – in more and more segments of life and by means of increasingly complex technologies – are actively (voluntarily and/or compulsorily) participating in the negotiation of social meaning. They are thus reacting to the demands of a chaotic, overwhelming sphere of information and thereby contributing to its greater expansion.

Gerald Nestler
What has art got to do with it?

20.09. "Digitalität als Herausforderung der Demokratie" (Kiel)

Welche Herausforderungen birgt die Digitalität für die Demokratie? Wie wirkt sie sich auf den Staat und sein politisches System aus? Diese Fragen beleuchtet am Donnerstag, 20. September, Professor Felix Stalder bei seiner Vortragsveranstaltung im Plenarsaal des Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landtages. Die Veranstaltung wird gemeinsam angeboten vom Lorenz-von-Stein-Institut für Verwaltungswissenschaften an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) und dem Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur Schleswig-Holstein. Die interessierte Öffentlichkeit ist herzlich eingeladen.

Felix Stalder, Professor für Digitale Kultur und Theorien der Vernetzung an der Hochschule der Künste in Zürich, zeigt auf, dass wir an einer Wegscheide stehen, wie die staatliche Ordnung der Zukunft aussehen wird. In einem Einführungsvortrag setzt sich Professor Utz Schliesky, Direktor des Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landtages und Vorstand des Lorenz-von-Stein-Instituts für Verwaltungswissenschaften, vorab aus staatsrechtlicher Sicht mit der Frage auseinander, ob der digitale Staat ein besserer Staat wird. „Die Digitalisierung verändert Staat, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft massiv“, so Schliesky. In Bezug auf den Staat und die Demokratie fehle dafür aber noch das allgemeine Bewusstsein – obwohl die Digitalisierung „an den Grundfesten der demokratischen Öffentlichkeit und demokratischen Entscheidungsprozessen“ rüttele und sich auf Informationen auswirke, die als Basis der politischen Willensbildung dienten. „Es wird höchste Zeit, dass wir diese Themen diskutieren, wenn wir eine Erosion des demokratischen Verfassungsstaats verhindern wollen“, so Schliesky weiter.

Das Wichtigste in Kürze:

Datum: 20.9.2018
Zeit: 18:30 Uhr
Ort: Plenarsaal des Landeshauses, Düsternbrooker Weg 70, 24105 Kiel

Das Programm im Überblick:

Begrüßung und Einführungsvortrag

Interview by Clemens Apprich for First Monday

The (Post-)Digital Condition — An Interview with Felix Stalder.
First Monday, Volume 23, Number 8 - 6 August 2018

Das Portrait: Felix Stalder

Alexander Grau hat ein Portrait über mich geschrieben, das versucht die Entwicklung einiger meiner Ideen nach zu zeichnen. Tönt in der Rückschau viel gradliniger, als ich das über letzten 20 Jahre erlebt habe :) Auch als PDF. TV Diskurs. Nr. 3, 2018, S.78-81

19.-22.09. DIGITAL CULTURES: Knowledge / Culture / Technology (Leuphana)


The advent and ubiquity of digital media technologies precipitate a profound transformation of the spheres of knowledge and circuits of culture. Simultaneously, the background operation of digital systems in routines of daily life increasingly obscures the materiality and meaning of technologically induced change. Computational architectures of algorithmic governance prevail across a vast and differentiated range of institutional settings and organizational practices. Car assembly plants, warehousing, shipping ports, sensor cities, agriculture, government agencies, university campuses. These are just some of the infrastructural sites overseen by software operations designed to extract value, coordinate practices and manage populations in real-time. While Silicon Valley ideology prevails over the design and production of the artefacts, practices and institutions that mark digital cultures, the architectures and infrastructures of its operations are continually rebuilt, hacked, broken and maintained within a proliferation of sites across the globe.

Intellectual Property (Marx from the Margins: A collective Project from A -Z)

Marx has never, to the best of my knowledge, dealt directly with intellectual property, which is the relations and dynamics of ownership established through copyright, patent and trademark law. Rather, he focused on science, in particular on what we would call today “research and development” (R&D), which is those elements of techno-scientific innovation most directly related to the production process. He understood science as a social phenomenon organized under capitalism as wage labor, like most other activities in the production process. This, to some degree, reflects the historical circumstances of the mid 19th century. The distinction between basic and applied science was not yet fully developed, and the copyright industries were economically relatively insignificant and trademarks barely established.

Still, within a broadly Marxist viewpoint, three main perspectives can be mobilized to help understand the current role that intellectual property plays, both in the expansion of capitalism as well as in challenges to it: accumulation by dispossession, alienated labor, and general intellect.

Download full article as PDF, or read it at online at Krisis.

Source: Krisis: JOURNAL for contemporary philosophy. Issue 2, 2018 p.83-85

Bias in Algorithms

Talk at A1, Vienna. 26.06.2018. Organized by Frauennetzwerk, A1.

Was neu ist, nervt, von Katrin Passig und Felix Stalder

09.06.2018 | 55 Min. | Quelle: Deutschlandfunk Nova

Neue App, neue Smartwatch, neuer Sprachassistent - manche von uns begeistern sich für jede technische Entwicklung. Aber dann gibt es auch die anderen, die Veränderungen sehr skeptisch gegenüberstehen.

Zwei Präsentationen im Rahmen der Veranstaltung "Internet und seelische Gesundheit" (10.05.2018)

12&13.06. 10 Years of ‘Profiling the European Citizen’: Slow Science Seminar (Brussels)

Organised by: Emre Bayamlioglu, Irina Baraliuc, Liisa Janssens, Mireille Hildebrandt

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of ‘Profiling the European Citizen’ (ed. Mireille Hildebrandt and Serge Gutwirth), which brought together lawyers, computer scientists and philosophers around emerging practices of data mining, knowledge discovery in data bases (KDD) and their application in a variety of domains.

The title of the book turns out to have been prophetic, touching upon a series of implications of what has now been coined as the micro targeting of individuals as consumers and citizens, based on machine learning and AB testing.

To celebrate – or even to mourn – the relevance of the volume, LSTS is organizing a seminar to reflect on current affairs and further implications. In two days we will engage with 24 provocations by an awe-inspiring line-up of lawyers, computer scientists, philosophers and social scientists. Focus is on 6 themes that will hopefully induce both deep thinking and a challenging cross-disciplinary conversation:

1. Theories of normativity between law and machine learning
Sylvie Delacroix, Patrick Allo, Seda Guerses, Emre Bayamlioglu

2. Transparency theory for data driven decision making
Karen Yeung, Anton Vedder, Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Gloria Gonzalez Fuster

3. Presumption of innocence in data driven government
Lucia Sommerer, Linnet Taylor, Tobias Blanke, Sabine Gless

4. Legal and political theory in data driven environments
Orla Lynskey, Ben Wagner, Arjen de Vries, Irina Baraliuc

5. Saving machine learning from p-hacking
Antoinette Rouvroy, Felix Stalder, Clare Gollnick, Mireille Hildebrandt

6. The legal and ML status of micro targeting
Bart Custers, Serge Gutwirth, Reuben Binns, Niels van Dijk

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