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›Cold bodies, warm machines‹
Art, Technology and the Posthuman
3rd medienwerk.nrw conference
9 – 11 September 2016
Lectures / Talks / Artistic contributions / Film programme
Taking heed of current developments in digital technologies, the third medienwerk.nrw conference “Cold bodies, warm machines “ – Art, Technology and the Posthuman poses the question of the relationship between man and technology anew. Affective computing, networked daily life, utopias of the cybernetisation of the human body, and research trends in artificial intelligence all provide a reason to once again do so. What borders and boundaries are gradually shifting now between the realm of the living and the realm of the artificial?
Some of these phenomena are investigated in lectures, talks, artistic contributions and a film programme. What happens when we develop ever more sensitive machines which are meant to detect and "understand" our affects and emotional responses while at the same time our own biological bodies are increasingly regarded as optimizable and programmable resources?
The conference takes an interdisciplinary approach bringing scientists, artists and interested citizens together, in order to proactively accompany the societal changes that are currently taking place, and to engage in three days of concentrated futurology by means of art and reciprocal exchange.
The conference and medienwerk.nrw are funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Keynote Friday: Erich Hörl (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg) »Technoecological Sense (After Félix Guattari)«
Keynote Saturday: Andreas Broeckmann (art historian and curator): »Machine Love and Sibling Competition. About the Relation of Humans Technics«
Artistic Keynote Saturday: Robert M Ochshorn (artist and computer scientist, USA/Berlin).