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

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.

11.05. Digital Unconscious. Book Launch (online)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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


09.03. Book Launch “Aesthetics of the Commons”

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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