Cybersalon Digital Futures: Evgeny Morozov - 9 Dec
WE HAVE JUST RELEASED SOME EXTRA TICKETS FOR EVGENY MOROZOV!
09 Dec: X'Mas Lecture by Evgeny Morozov - What Does it Mean to be Critical of Technology Today? (details below)
28 Jan 2014: Wearable Computing (details below)
25 Feb 2014: Fear and Loathing of Human Enhancement
Mon 09 Dec at 7pm: Cybersalon Xmas Lecture
What Does it Mean to be Critical of Technology Today?
(Bar opens at 6.30pm)
Was the optimism of the Arab Spring the high water mark of our love affair with the Internet?
For our annual year end lecture Cybersalon invited Evgeny Morozov, perhaps the digital network's most strident critic.
Morozov -- who has variously been called a lone visionary voice and digital media's most intellectual troll -- will deliver an exclusive lecture at Cybersalon.
He will delve into and no doubt excoriate the ethics, consumerism, governance, and neoliberalism of Silicon Valley.
It's not that the current crop of Internet intellectuals are factually wrong or blinded by some false ideology Morozov says. It's that, in seeking to explain "the Internet," they keep reinforcing a discourse that itself is in great need of disruption.
"Simply put, the Internet discourse has outlived its usefulness. It leads to what I call the coherence fallacy, the origins fallacy, and the objectivity fallacy. These fallacies corrupt our thinking and confuse our policies."
Morozov demurs that he is not as anti-technology as the media makes him out to be. But "acknowledging that a world saturated with modern technologies is not automatically hostile to progressive and democratic ideals should not blind us to the fact that, due to the present historical situation, we are ill-equipped to unlock their emancipatory potential."
In fact, he says, the opposite is true: "as long as the global political and economic regime is characterised by the dismantlement of the welfare state, the decline of the very idea of public goods, the triumph of tinkering over structural reform, the victory of psychology over philosophy as the favourite discipline of our technocratic classes, we shouldn't expect technology to perform much of an emancipatory function."
Richard Barbrook will deliver a response to the lecture, after which we will open questions to the floor.
We expect a robust lecture and no doubt a critical and robust response from our audience.
Cybersalon's year end lecture is a prestigious affair where we normally give one prominent thinker a chance to share his ideas. Do come.
Evgeny Morozov: Originally from Belarus, Evgeny Morozov is a contributing editor at The New Republic and the author of 'The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom' and 'To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism'. In 2010-2012 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation. In 2009-2010 he was a fellow at Georgetown University and in 2008-2009 he was a fellow at the Open Society Foundations (where he also sat on the board of the Information Program between 2008 and 2012). Between 2006 and 2008 he was Director of New Media at Transitions Online and was in Berlin. Morozov is a prolific essayist and his writing regularly appears in many of the world's leading publications.
Chair: Wessel van Rensburg (RAAK/Cybersalon)
28 Jan 2014 : The Cyborg’s New Clothes:
Wearable Computing, Interactive Fashion and Skin 2.0
“In that fashion, a web of flax turns into a chimera.” – Karl Marx, Capital
Cybersalon will start into the New Year with a glamorous indepth fashion report for the
Criticism – Jouissance – Radical Chic
Prof. Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom)
Dr. Phoebe MooreCarter
Krõõt Juurak (Chicks On Speed)
Chair: Stefan Lutschinger
PrêtàPorter Haute Couture – Blinkenlights
Complete list of featured artists/artworks coming soon.
Is Google Glass the continuation of CCTV by other means? How will the commodification
and intrusion of our bodies by wearables change our perception and understanding of
subjectivity? Is selflogging progressive or regressive? In which ways can critical artists
respond to the challenges raised by the rapid humanmachine integration? How can we
tap the subversive potential of wearable technology? What does it take to reappropriate
the means of vision? How can interactive fashion explore subjectivity as a nexus between
inside, outside and inbetween spaces? And finally, how can artificial (pneumatic
computercontrolled) skin help us outsmart surveillance?
The dialectic of political economy and technological progress has turned the vintage
utopias of the 90s on their dystopian feet.
20 years ago, media art pioneer Nam June Paik had imagined the future Internet user as
a Deleuzian nomad warrior, cycling the Super Information Highway on a bike, dressed in
a fancy data suit, wearing a surrealist Dalistyle VR helmet. In 2013, supermarket
workers in the UK were reported wearing bodyborne computers for performance
monitoring and location tracking, a technology formerly employed in sports or pet
keeping. The cyborg’s new clothes are screening our bare life (zoē) on global data
markets in realtime. Shops in London are targeting wearable devices secretly through
Wifi. Without a radically new Esprit de Costumes, the networked spectacle of the
Datenautobahn remains a World Naked Bike Ride into a oneway street.
In January we will retailor the cyborg’s new clothes.
Prof. Johannes Grenzfurthner is an artist, writer, curator, and theatre and film director. He
is the founder, conceptualist and artistic director of monochrom, an international art and
theory group. Johannes is a distinguished researcher in the fields of recreational robotics,
hybrid intelligence and humanmachine integration at Joanneum Graz. In 2007 he
founded the sex & technology festival Arse Elektronika (San Francisco, US). Since 2002
he hosts Roboexotica (Vienna, A), the world’s first and leading festival for cocktail
Jesse Darling is an artist, writer, curator and performer, researching the deep links
between technology, power and experience. Her practise, stimulated by a profound
thinking around gender and subjectivity, centres around a critique of the prosuming
performative self produced by late capitalism. She is also developing new projects with
The People Speak, creating new participatory formats and inspiring new dimensions of
chat. Cybersalon has commissioned Jesse to have a critical look at – and through
Dr. Phoebe MooreCarter is an active researcher and a Senior Lecturer in International
Relations at Middlesex University, School of Law. Phoebe has conducted fieldwork in
Seoul, Korea several times and in particular has worked with trade unions, researchers
and social movements around issues to do with vocational training, education reforms
and industrialisation. She has published a number of books, articles and reports about
labour struggle, industrial relations and the impact of technology on everyday lives.
Krõõt Juurak is a choreographer and performer whose work (performances,
presentations, texts, workshops, mood shifts) challenges fixed definitions of choreography
and performance. So, while describing Juurak as a choreographer and performer is too
limiting, the comparison still offers an interesting proximity from which to view her
production. Krõõt is also a member of Chicks on Speed, a multinational musical and fine
art ensemble, who applied punkinspired DIYethic to performance art, collage graphics
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