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(Dis)abled Technobodies

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The salon gathers together female artists, hackers, activists, and scientists at the Volksbühne Berlin to explore the questions: “How is the feminist female cyborg formed?” and: “Who may form the female cyborg?” By reference to female cyborgs as service figures in science fiction and economics, from the 1940s to Amazon's Alexa, from the “Lenas” of binary codes in the 1970s to Microsoft's recent (and racist) AI Tay, a narrative emerges on the feminine as it is projected onto technobodies.

This salon is a hybrid of informal exchange and keynote speeches. It strives to use accessible language and is committed to diversity as well as the feminist interpretation of technobodies.

Participants: Janne Nora Kummer (virtuellestheater), Cornelia Sollfrank (media artist), Elle Nerdinger (Cyborg e.V.), Nadja Buttendorf (activist/artist), Ornella Fieres (media artist), Dr. Pat Treusch (researcher), Jasmin Grimm (Programme developer / Meta Marathon)

Past Activities

Technobodies: Pecha Kucha Art Night on the Post-Digital

In the digital age, the digital is no longer simply digital. Digital aesthetics have long since extended into real space and new technologies such as virtual reality or augmented reality are producing new art and exhibition formats. Museums use digital tools for mediation. Art is exhibited and dealt on websites or on social media platforms such as Instagram. Art and life are increasingly intertwined beyond physical locations such as museums or white cubes. But does this also increase the visibility, accessibility, and democratization of artworks? The speakers report on exhibition and mediation formats, as well as the commercial potential in the post-digital age.

The Pecha Kucha presentation format hails from Japan. Each talk lasts exactly six minutes and forty seconds. Each speaker shows twenty images that change automatically after twenty seconds. The speakers focus on the slide shown in their talks; the lectures tend to be entertaining and exciting as a result.

The lecture series PECHA KUCHA ART NIGHT is organized and moderated by Tina Sauerländer (peer to space) and Yvonne Zindel (Performing Encounters). It has been running since 2015 and is now taking place for the fifth time. The evening’s speakers present their different fields of work, painting an exciting picture of the current art scene in Berlin. The past PECHA KUCHA ART NIGHTS include: What's hot?! (2015), Art, Anyone?! (2016), and Networks (2018) at Haus am Lützowplatz, as well as Art in the Age of Earthquakes?! (2016) in the Martin-Gropius-Bau as part of the exhibition +ultra. gestaltung schafft wissen.

More information can be found here:

Antje Akkermann, Curator for Media, Ethnologisches Museum and Museum für Asiatische Kunst at the Humboldt Forum
Alma Alloro, Artist
Tilman Baumgärtel, Media researcher, author, journalist
Philip Hausmeier, Co-founder of RadianceVR
Janne Nora Kummer, Director, performer, and stage designer, virtuellestheater|berlin
Wolf Lieser, Gallerist, DAM Gallery
Peggy Schoenegge, Board director, medienkunstverein
Anika Meier, Curator, journalist (Monopol)
Daniel Neugebauer, Head of Communication and Education department, HKW
Nina Roehrs, Gallerist, Roehrs & Boetsch, Zürich
Manuel Rossner, VR artist and founder of FLOAT Gallery
Sakrowski, Owner of Panke Gallery and member of 21cc

Image: CUBE, Virtual Gallery for Virtual Art, Architectural Design by Manuel Rossner, Courtesy of Roehrs & Boetsch

The series Technobodies addresses scenarios for the exchange and genesis of ideas at the interface of art and science, in the intimate yet public setting of the Grüner Salon. As part of four consecutive formats—(dis)abled Politcs of Data; Pecha Kucha Night: Immaterial Art, Performersion, and Death by Game Play (Tod und Spiele)—the interplay between data and our bodies will be explored. In doing so, the imaginary contradiction between analog and digital is reflected upon critically, and the informal exchange from the digital hub will be brought back to the analog salon—and vice versa.

Central questions from the series include: “Which data tells whose story?”; “Which bodies do data have—and are they mortal?”; “Who forms the female cyber body?”; and “Who is speaking and whose voice is heard in the immateriality?”.

Technobodies is curated by Yvonne Zindel, who explores the possibilities of the digital in art and design, cultural hacks, and digital forms of mediation in a research-based and artistic way. Since 2014 she has regularly been negotiating topics such as AI and hacking in her series Performing Encounters.

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