World-Information Institute in cooperation with springerin and WERK X:

Friday 10.11. 2017, Petersplatz 1, A-1010, Vienna

Lectures, Discussion, Screenings, Performance 18h – 24h

Boundaries between humans and machines are blurring. Complex assemblages from biological agents, communicating objects, technical protocols, and automated decision-making processes become “hypernormal hybrids”. In the mechanical logic of this augmented reality, however, the dimension of the social is not to be grasped. Between super-empowered individuals and the “obsolescence of man” this results in unpredictable turbulences. How to identify the fault lines of these hybrid systems and what options of human action remain?

18:00 – 19:00

Prisoners of Reason: S. M. Amadae

Moderator: Christian Hoeller

19:30 – 21:00

Animal & Machine Intelligence: Stefan Woltran,Susana Monsó

Moderator: Felix Stalder

21:00 – 24:00

Screening/Performance: Napalm Tree, ca.tter & mstep, Boris Kopeinig, Plak, u.a.

Videoinstallation: Painted by Numbers

Hosted by Konrad Becker and Felix Stalder

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S. M. Amadae is a research fellow with the Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Science in the University of Helsinki’s Dept. of Political and Economic science, and a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Amadae’s new book, Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (2016), relates neoliberal economics to neoliberalism in international relations. Amadae’s first book, Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: The Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism (2003), was awarded the American Political Science Association’s J. David Greenstone book award for History and Politics in 2004.

Susana Monsó holds a post-doctoral position at the Messerli Research Instituteof the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, where her research focuses on the moral and cognitive capacities of nonhuman animals and the ethical implications that follow from them. She studied Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid, completed a Master of Arts degree in Global Ethics and Human Values at King’s College London, specializing in animal ethics, and wrote her PhD thesis on the relation between mindreading abilities and moral capacities in nonhuman animals.

Stefan Woltran is professor for Formal Foundations of Artificial Intelligence at the Institute of Information Systems Database and Artificial Intelligence Group of the Technical University Vienna. With a PhD in Computer Science his research concentrates on problems in the areas of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning and has published numerous articles on complexity analysis in AI, Logic Programming, and the Semantic Web.

Mark Coeckelbergh is canceled – Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.

Co-host Christian Hoeller, editor and co-publisher of springerin–Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, writes extensively on art, cultural theory and new media. Hoeller lives and works in Vienna.

Napalm Tree the female duo is notorious for powerful live-performances. They started playing live at exhibitions and small clubs around Vienna. Their voice based digital approach is unpredictable and fresh, unexpected hybrids of harsh beats and oriental textures, approaching noise in soulful ways.

Boris Kopeinig is an electronic media artist and DJ, working in the areas of techno, electronic music, video and internet art. His DJ sets are driven by technoid rhythms and synthetic frequencies, exploring zones of sound experimentation and dance floor celebration. For him electronic dance music is a futuristic take on ancient rituals that affect the consistency of body and perception.

ca.tter also known as “55.rnd”and Catarina Pratter, devoted herself to the production of electronic music since 1996 with numerous releases and live appearances. She found an ideal partner for her project in Martin Stepanek, mstep, and their mutual project is called 55orondy.

Plak legendary DJ of bass music, pioneering Garage, Grime, Dubstep and Juke in Vienna and introducing many important trends in club music through the years.