ALGORHITMIC RESISTANCE HACKING HABITAT ON ‘A-WHERENESS’ AS A PRECONDITION FOR LIFE-HACKING // INE GEVERS
HACKING HABITAT studies and maps the affects provoked by hightech controlled habitats - a world where people are increasingly separated from their means of (re)production- and practices of resistance and their effects. Objective of the project is to deliver both critical and affirmative answers, propositions and action perspectives to specific questions. Our goal is to to allow for new alliances between humans and machines and leading to emancipation, resilience, and a more equal appreciation of lives and information across differences. The talk will focuss on how to develop a new sense of ‘a –whereness’, which, much like becoming ecologically intelligent, depends on our responsiveness and willingness to deconstruct the liberal human and anthropocentic ‘subject’ as to allow ourselves to enter into somatechnic relationships as a precondition to life-hacking.
THINKING ART AS A PHILOSOPHY OF NATURE // RICK DOLPHIJN
Deleuze and Guattari famously claimed that art does not wait for the human being to begin. Art is then not to be considered a product of the human mind or as a creation of the human artist. Instead, it should be seen as a particular event in which the human being might play a role. The question to ask then is: in what way does art matter? Discussing contemporary experiments in performance art, installation art and bio art, the goal of this talk is twofold. First, we need to ask ourselves again what it is that art is reveiling. Second, we need to rethink the role of the human being in art.
PROPAGANDA ABOUT TRANSPARENCY—TRANSPARENCY ABOUT PROPAGANDA //
The 21st century is under the influence of the dual forces of transparency and propaganda. Both represent fictions. One is that of an untainted and self-evident truth, effected through the unlimited release of data. The other is that of a self-created bubble, where every piece of information reinforces and enhances an emotionally powerful (and politically explosive) cocktail of hopes and disillusions. Both these fictions—transparency and propaganda—are also forces of design and art.
Ine Gevers is curator, writer and activist. Among the exhibitions and publications are: Place, Position, Presentation, Public, Maastricht, 1992, Cultural Identity: Fiction or Necessity, Maastricht, 1990, Ik + de Ander. Art and the Human Condition, Amsterdam 1994, Beyond Ethics and Aesthetics, SUN, 1997, Encountering the Culture of the Norm, Amsterdam, 2000, Niet Normaal ·Difference on Display, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, 2010 nietnormaal.nl (Berlin, 2011, Liverpool,2012),Yes Naturally. how art saves the world, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 2013, proposing non-anthropocentric worldview in order to become ecologically intelligent. ja-natuurlijk.com. Currently she prepares the large scale international exhibition HACKING HABITAT, contributing to a new sense of ‘a-whereness’ as a precondition to algorithmic resistance and the practice of life-hacking. hackinghabitat.com
Rick Dolphijn is a writer and a philosopher teaching at the Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University. He is interested in continental philosophy, art, technology and contemporary activism. He published in journals like Collapse, Deleuze Studies and Continental Philosophy Review. His books include New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (with Iris van der Tuin) and This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life (edited with Rosi Braidotti). He is finishing a new monograph entitled Surfaces: How Philosophy and Art Matter.
Metahaven was founded by Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk in 2007. Originally experimental graphic designers, Metahaven turned to art and moving image as a natural progression of their research into aesthetics and politics after the internet. They worked with organizations like WikiLeaks and Independent Diplomat, and produce music videos with progressive EDM superstar Holly Herndon. Metahaven’s recent publications include Uncorporate Identity, Can Jokes Bring Down Governments?, and Black Transparency. Together, Kruk and Van der Velden teach at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Their work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Artists Space NYC, and the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, among others.