BAK, basis voor actuele kunst – Posthuman Glossary

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BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht invites you to join the series of presentations, conversations, seminars, and workshops Posthuman Glossary. The series takes place in the form of intensive two-day gatherings with artists, scholars, and activists around the critical issues of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work on 21–22 May, 28–29 May, 11–12 June, and 18–19 June 2015.  Posthuman Glossary is a part of BAK’s research program Future Vocabularies (2014–2016) and its chapter Human-Inhuman-Posthuman, which is developed in dialogue with BAK Research Fellow Professor Rosi Braidotti and organized in collaboration with the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University, Utrecht. The series leads to the publishing of the Posthuman Glossary in 2016, edited by Braidotti and BAK’s Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova.

21–22 May 2015: Anthropocene/Capitalocene

What possible consequences could an awareness of a collective sense of ecological responsibility in the era of the Anthropocene hold for our ethical agency and political consciousness?

With contributions by: Keti Chukhrov (poet, art theorist, and philosopher, Associate Professor at the Russian State University for Humanities and Visiting Professor at the European University of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg. Head of the Theory Department of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow ); Katerina Kolozova (Professor of Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Sociological Theory at University American College–Skopje and Director and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Science and Humanities, Skopje); Jussi Parikka (media theorist, writer, and Professor in Technological Culture and Aesthetics at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Southampton); Iris van der Tuin (Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University, Utrecht); and Timotheus Vermeulen (Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Head of the Centre for New Aesthetics, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen).


28–29 May 2015: Eco-Sophies

What could be the implications of the acceptance of a nature-culture continuum, and how could we theoretically and artistically re-define the relationship between human and non-human factors and agents?

With contributions by: Ursula Biemann (artist, theorist, and curator, Zurich), Rick Dolphijn (Assistant Professor and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, Utrecht); Erich Hörl (Professor of Media Culture at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM), Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Lüneburg); David Pascoe (Professor at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication at Utrecht Univeristy, Utrecht); and Gerald Raunig (philosopher, theorist, and Professor of Aesthetics and Political Philosophy at the Zurich University of Fine Arts, Zurich; eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), Vienna).

Digital Activism: 11–12 June 2015

What are the social, legal, ethical, and political issues that occupy public debate, now that digital mediation has become the new public sphere, and what models of resistance are being offered by contemporary critical thought, arts, and media activism?

With contributions by:  Manuel Beltrán (artist and activist, The Hague); Mark B.N. Hansen (Professor of Literature and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke University, Durham); Koen Leurs (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science); Geert Lovink (media theorist, internet critic, Researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), and Director of the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam); Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Assistant Professor for New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht and director of the Utrecht Data School, Utrecht); and Timotheus Vermeulen (Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Head of the Centre for New Aesthetics, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen).


Algorithmic Cultures and Security: 18–19 June 2015

How could we address the impact of contemporary digital technologies on security and surveillance mechanisms and its influence on posthuman subject-formation?

With contributions by:  Rick Dolphijn (Assistant Professor and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, Utrecht); Matthew Fuller (Professor and Head of Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London); Ine Gevers (curator, writer, and activist, Utrecht); Luciana Parisi (Reader and Convenor of PhD in Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London); Matteo Pasquinelli (philosopher and independent scholar, Berlin); and Femke Snelting (artist and designer, Brussels).

The gatherings take place at BAK and are chaired by Professor Rosi Braidotti.

More info: www.bakonline.org.
Location:
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4
Utrecht, NL

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