OR SHALL WE USE THE STAIRS?
18-20 September 2015
Brussels-based choreographer Adva Zakai and French curator Raphaële Jeune propose 3 days of lectures and exercises to collectively explore different aspects of the relationship between humans and machines. Together with special guests and anyone interested, we aim to share thoughts on the digitalization of our world, through introduction into concepts that developed in response to it: The challenging dialogue with algorithms, the splendor and misery of Transhumanism, recent developments in Donna Haraway’s thinking (author of 1985’s Cyborg Manifesto) and the theory of Accelerationism.
This working session is intended for people who consider a reflection about the relation between body and technology inspiring for their own investigations. We wish to explore links between ideas and concepts through perspectives of various (artistic) researches, rather than to look for merely ready-made knowledge.
Sessions will be guided by: An Mertens, Aline Wiame, Lendl Barcelos, Raphaele Jeune and Adva Zakai.
In order to develop a collective process, we prefer that participation will include all three days. If not possible to be fully present, you are welcome to join partly. Please send an email to Adva (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Sep 15th, to inscribe and mention dates of participation. Max 15 participants, first inscribed first served!
Friday, 18th September
10h – 10h45
Introduction by Raphaele and Adva
11h – 17h
A session with An Mertens about algorithms, including a lecture, meditation and (possibly) exercises.
18h – 21h
Technocalyps – a documentary film about Transhumanism by Frank Theys (2006)
Saturday, 19th September
12h – 14h
A critical discussion about Transhumanism, guided by Raphaele and Adva
15h – 18h
A talk by Aline Wiame about developments in Donna Harraway’s thinking from the Cyborg manifesto till today.
Sunday, 20th September
12h – 15h
A talk by Lendl Barcelos including an introduction into CCRU (Cyber Culture Research Unit), Accelerationism & left/right inclinations within the exploration of technologically alienated perception
15h30 – 17h30
A discussion and work session, looking for further ways to explore the themes addressed during the three days, through artistic practices (projecting towards possible future work sessions)