Technopolitics Salon

lectures and discussion

Felix Stalder, Gerald Nestler, Axel Stockburger
Kristian Lukić

date: October 1, 2018 at 6pm
venue: tranzit.sk, 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?

The talk will explore the technopolitics of finance, and other data intense fields, from an artistic perspective and offer a postdisciplinary proposal for a form of resistance that moves beyond the predicament of critique: insurrection by renegade activism.

Axel Stockburger
Manifold Destiny – canonization in the context of digital culture

Axel Stockburger will give a presentation on his research on the transformation of canonization in the field of contemporary art under the conditions of digital culture. Stockburger is interested in how contemporary forms of quantified rankings and microjudgments, which are often informed by algorithms, affect our perception of the cultural landscape.