Scaling Connections
Import Projects x transmediale 2019 | Januar Veranstalungen, 2019
For the official cooperation program of transmediale 2019, Import Projects presents four evenings of lecture-performance, installation, spoken-word performance, discussion, voice & instrumental improvisation, film screening and participatory intervention in dialogue with the festival key question ‘What Moves You?’—referring not only to an emotional response but also to the infrastructures and aesthetics that govern how affect becomes mobilised as a political force today. Foregrounding the continuum which links rare-earth elements, raw materials, hardware, software, and even cognition, the event series Scaling Connections turns around the blurred boundaries between organic and inorganic, intelligence, artifice, art, and resistance.

SCALING CONNECTIONS draws from Deep History reminding us to constantly observe reasoning commonly internalised and conducted according to strict principles of validity, an appeal not only for viewing natural history and that of human culture but also for seeing our cognitive and psychological history. A critical debate over the last decades has stimulated sensitisation for interdisciplinary research and further historical interpretations, for instance focusing on trends and processes, drawing attention to connections and traditions and a shared substance, like deep kinship, able to reveal striking transformations in human behaviour. Reaching back to the beginning of life itself, to the primordial sandwich as proposed by the chemist Günter Wächtershäuser in 1988, fostering surprising connections. Deep History advocates to revive the foundation of humanity by scaling up from the molecular to the molar without the bias and in the process decentres humankind’s position. The central question of the event series is how the future of our brains—in the role of a constitutive element of freedom of choice—could look against the backdrop of a deeper understanding of our history in relation to today's ever-closer wiring with technologies. Curated by Anja Henckel

Among the participants are Julieta Aranda, Joscha Bach, Philipp Busch, Daniel Keller, Ashiq Khondker, Natalie Koerner, Alanna Lawley, Denisa Lehocka, Warren Neidich, Boris Ondreička, Valery Vermeulen and Günter Wächtershäuser
Wed, 23 January 2019, 19:00-21:00
Pyrite Cluster Installation, performative lecture & discussion

DENISA LEHOCKA
artist/ relates found objects to serial notes, modular studies, textile objects, lengthy artistic working process, develops a “poetics of the succinct”, appears both light and ephemeral- deals with the multifaceted obscure relationships between real and imaginary

BORIS ONDREICKA
artist, musician, curator TBA21, Class of Interpretation COI/ focus a cooperative educational project, interdisciplinarity, linguistical-political unfolding, poetics relation of word and image

MOHAMMAD SALEMY
artist, critic, curator The New Centre for Research & Practice/ focus online schools bridging the gap between legacy institutions and new knowledge production, transdisciplinary research

GÜNTER WÄCHTERSHÄUSER
With us in spirit our patron of Pyrite Cluster & endless source of inspiration, Honorary Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry
Sun, 27 January 2019, 15:00-20:00
Pizzagate: From Rumor to Delusion & Scoring the Tweet(s)
Film screening, discussion & classical music performance

# 15:30 FILM SCREENING (40min)

Pizzagate: From Rumor to Delusion
Directed by Warren Neidich, Co-directed Ashiq Khondkar

# 16:30 PROVOCATIONS & DISCUSSION (ca. 60min )

DANIEL KELLER
artist/ polarised global societies, technological change, issues at intersection of economics, technology, culture, and collaboration

ASHIQ KHONDKER
Co-director, editor, musician, artist/ focus entwining of interfaces, spaces of self-narrativity, specifically the “Diegetic Desktop”

WARREN NEIDICH
Director, producer, artist, writer, theorist/ focus emerging political conditions of late-stage cognitive capitalism, neural technological revolution, concepts in cognitive neuroscience, immaterial labor operating in knowledge economy

ALGORITHM WATCH
Non-profit research& advocacy organisation, evaluate & shed light on algorithmic decision-making processes with social relevance, believes that complexity must not mean incomprehensibility

# 18:30 PROVOCATION (30min)

DR JOSCHA BACH
Cognitive Scientist & AI researcher, MIT Media Lab & Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics/ focus Cognitive Architectures, Computation, From Artificial Intelligence to Artificial Consciousness The goal is integrity, not conformity.

# Pizza Party

# 19:30 VOICE & INSTRUMENTAL IMPROVISATION (60min)

Scoring the Tweet(s) performed by
TATIANA LOPEZ, SATCH HOYT, IRENE KURKA, BRIAN MCCORKLE, KOEN NUTTERS, RISHIN SINGH, CARTER WILLIAMS
Tues, 29 January 2019, 19:00-21:00
Black Holes Installation, performative lecture & discussion

PHILIPP BUSCH
Ph.D. candidate Max-Planck-Institut Astrophysik, focus on the morphology of large scale structure and the reionisation process

DR VALERY VERMEULEN
electronic musician, music producer, mathematician, new media artist, author, guest professor, researcher affective computing, biofeedback & psychofysiology, astrophysics, theoretical physics
Fri, 01 February 2019, 19:00-21:00 (HKW Café Stage)
*open to all & free of charge*
Brain without Organs performative intervention, lectures & discussion

NATALIE KOERNER
architect, Ph.D. candidate KADK, focus on data centers, cloud, memory, the perception of time

ALANNA LAWLEY artist/ focus tension public-private space, psychological security in culture, biological rhythms, impact on well being

WARREN NEIDICH
artist, writer, theorist/ focus neural technological revolution, concepts in cognitive neuroscience

BORIS ONDREICKA
artist, musician, curator TBA21, Class of Interpretation COI/ focus linguistical-political unfolding, poetics relation of word and image

CENTER FOR THE HISTORY OF EMOTIONS
researcher contrast approaches to the topic/ focus ‘emotional turn’ or ‘affective turn’ in critical theory
A cooperation between transmediale and Import Projects. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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