01.07. Immersion as escape, control or co-existence (keynote), Lodz

Giving the keynote lecture (in person!) at the "New visual narratives" conference 1-3 July, Lodz + online.

Immersion as Escapism, Control or Coexistence
01-07-2022 10:30:00

Coming from film-making or other visual arts, we tend to think of immersion as a technical condition (VR, 360 projections, various forms of expanded cinema, etc.). But we can also think of immersion as an existential condition, as a way of being-in-the-world. Contemporary technology then gives us new ways of expressing this condition. But to what end? I propose that we can look at immersion as offering three different qualities of relationship: escape, control and co-existence.

02.06. Des communs aux NFT : Objets numériques et imagination radicale (Bourges)

This is part of the conference: "Économies de la création numérique. Dans les économies et écologies actuelles de la création numérique, quels peuvent être les usages des métavers et NFT?"

14h30 : Conférence de Felix Stalder en visioconférence (en anglais) « Des communs aux NFT : Objets numériques et imagination radicale ».

Cette conférence est en relation avec la chaîne d’essais publiée depuis le 31 janvier 2022 sur makery.info, série d’écriture initiée par Shu Lea Cheang (Kingdom Of Piracy), Felix Stalder (World-Information.Org) et Ewen Chardronnet (Makery).

17.03. Geben und Schenken. Gabenökonomie im Horizont der Digitalisierung (ifk, Wien)

Geben und Schenken.
Gabenökonomie im Horizont der Digitalisierung

16.–18. März 2022
Reichsratsstraße 17
1010 Wien

»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 Autor*innen, deren Forschungen die sozialen Phänomene des reziproken Gebens und des ostentativen Schenkens beschreiben und verständlich machen. Sie thematisieren die sozial- wissenschaftliche 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 Markt transaktionen eine geringere Rolle spielte. Ihren gemeinsamen Bezugspunkt finden diese Studien in Beiträgen, die ausgewählte Fälle von Geben und Schenken in digitalen Netzwerken vorstellen.

Donnerstag, 17.03. 14:00

Jasmin Schreyer. Praktiken des Gebens und Teilens in der digitalen Ökonomie

10.03. NFTs and Blockchain culture (Rome, online)

DDD - NFTs and Blockchain culture

10th of March – 6.30 pm zoom (Rome time)
Link: https://zoom.us/j/95402909513

Felix Stalder
Geraldine Juàrez
Andrea Baronchelli

10-15 mins presentations each + discussion + questions – total length: 1h/1.15 (6.30-7.30/45)

NFT Rome

In the early days, blockchains held the promise to transform monetary systems. Nowadays, the promise is that of returning the power back into the hands of digital artists and makers, against the hierarchy of platforms. They also fuel corporate plans over the web3, and drive the hallucinatory dream of the metaverse. NFTs are indeed surging as the new building blocks of techno-driven societies, affirming the potential of a decentralised and tokenised, crypto future for digital cultures. This panel aims to offer a critical perspective on the matter by discussing the individualistic, self-entrepreneurial capitalist nihilism of NFTs and the techno-promises of a blockchain future and culture.

2.12. "Digitality and Nature in the Anthropocene" (Uni Siegen, online)

Digital Matters

Digital Matters
December 1 – 3, 2021 at Siegen University and online

Organizers: Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee & Siegen University), Valérie Schafer (University of Luxembourg), Axel Volmar (Siegen University) & Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University). This event is part of projects A01 and A02 of the SFB 1187: Media of Cooperation.

Theme: In popular discussion digitality is increasingly equated with networked immateriality: disembodied algorithms float rhetorically in an ethereal cloud of big data. Think, for example, of the “digital edition” of the PlayStation 5 console, so called because it has no optical drive to read games, which must instead be downloaded. The implication is that the regular PS5 console is somehow not digital because its storage medium is visible to the unaided human eye. This presupposition of digital immateriality is not just a misconception to be corrected, but a productive site for interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry into media and data practices. In Digital Matters, historians, media theorists and information scholars come together for three days to examine the socio-material constituents of digital systems and artifacts. How and why did people come to deny the materiality of the digital? What can we learn by recovering it? What if we rethink digital materialities as ongoing cooperative accomplishments?

Venue: This is a hybrid event. Most speakers will be online, but several speakers and three of the organizers will be sitting together in Siegen during the conference. To allow for participation from North America each day’s sessions start after lunch.

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

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.

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


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


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