Hybrid Conference
25 – 26 September

Conversations about art, technology and the planet

Conference

Hybrid Conference

The two-day lecture programme is an international meeting place for those interested in boundary pushing artistic making, thinking and performing. We welcome everyone with an adventurous mind.

Expect a whirling programme of talks, discussions and interactive elements that share  new perspectives on technology, art, society and the planet.

This year’s conference will be transformed to a space that sits between a streaming studio and a traditional conference. Join us from around the world!

Locations: De Brakke Grond + Online
Dates & Times:
• Session 1: 25 September | 5 pm – 7 pm CEST
• Session 2: 25 September | 8 pm – 10 pm CEST
• Session 3: 26 September | 10 am – 12 pm CEST
• Session 4: 26 September | 1 pm – 3 pm
CEST
• Session 5: 26 September | 4 pm – 6 pm CEST

Physical attendance – Price: €8 per session (2h)
Virtual attendance: Stream via registration

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Session 1

Becoming Unstable

The Becoming Unstable sessions look at the bigger questions surrounding social and planetary instability; an instability caused by the ongoing climate change, social inequality and reality of COVID-19. How do we deal with the moment in which we find ourselves? What cognitive and physical actions can art, design and music offer to help us imagine and design a new society?

The speakers in this session reflect on new relationships between nature, culture, technology and society. What kind of planet and society do we want to develop together?
 What skills do we need for this and how can we share them effectively?

 

 

 

Session Info
Friday 25 September, 17:00 – 19:00 CEST
De Brakke Grond + Online

Speakers
Anab Jain | off-site | profile

Darko Lagunas & Theun Karelse | on-site | profile

Suzanne Dhaliwal | off-site | profile

Moderator
Michelle Kasprzak

 

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Session 2

Posthuman Territories

The potential of artificial intelligence, global digital infrastructures and geo-engineering to combat planetary climate change seems considerable. It is often thought that technology can provide the solution. In reality these technological developments have many drawbacks, disappointments and ultimately do not benefit everyone. Are there alternative and inclusive routes to a fair future? How do artists view and work with these complex developments?

In this session, FIBER explores new territory where man, machine and landscapes interact in groundbreaking ways. We invite artistic makers and researchers to investigate how alternative forms of engineering can play a role in the development of an inclusive and livable future.

Session Info
Friday 25 September, 20:00 – 22:00 CEST
Brakke Grond + Online

Speakers
Arif Kornweitz | on-site | profile

Holly Jean Buck | off-site | profile

Tega Brain (supported by Het Nieuwe Instituut) | off-site | profile

Moderator
Michelle Kasprzak

 

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Session 3

Sensing Place

Sensing Place investigates how multisensory performing arts and installation art can contribute to a different understanding of radical technological and ecological changes. Changes in ecosystems are often invisible. The unseen remains unknown and all too often we need additional instruments to reveal it.

Can we gain a better understanding of a changing environment through audio-visual media? What insights do we gain when we listen to non-human time scales? Do multisensory ways of composition offer us new ways of thinking and knowledge development? By creating new hybrid instruments and experiences, we can tell new stories, hear new voices and let other realities exist.

Session Info
Saturday 26 September, 10:00 – 12:00 CEST
Brakke Grond + Online

Speakers
Sébastien Robert | on-site | profile

FollyFeastLab | off-site | profile

Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg | off-site | profile

In collaboration with Ecology Futures

Moderator
Michelle Kasprzak

 

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Session 4

Radical Streams

Radical Streams investigates material transformation in this age of planetary crisis. We will explore politics of resource-making, logistics of resource extraction and narratives of landscape design – and how they relate to each other. How can we use the material as a vehicle to explore converging and diverging scales and worlding practices? In what way can speculative design, cartography, art and science fiction help to better grasp these ‘radical streams’?

In this panel, we will shed light on the entanglement between colonial and neocolonial histories, materiality and narratives of the future.

This session is co-created and co-presented in collaboration with MIGRANT Journal

 

Session Info
Saturday 26 September, 13:00 – 15:00 CEST
Brakke Grond + Online

Speakers
Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan | off-site | profile

Angela Chan | off-site | profile

Michaela Büsse | off-site | profile

Moderator
Michelle Kasprzak

 

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Session 5

Systems of Support

Influenced by crises and the challenge of realising a post-capitalist and liveable future, artists and researchers speculate and work on alternative technologies, ecological restoration and new ways to support ecosystems and cultures. In Systems of Support we share these developments, get to know the people behind them and their challenging ideas for the future.

 

Session Info
Saturday 26 September, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST
Brakke Grond + Online

Speakers
Abdo Hassan | on-site | profile

Kim Stanley Robinson (pre-recorded statement) | profile

Ruben Jacobs | on-site | profile

Adebayo Akomolafe (pre-recorded statement) | profile

Moderator
Michelle Kasprzak

 

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