In cooperation with <Platz da!>
The event — part of the Technobodies series — focuses on the female “handicapped” body. It uses technical aids such as the Lorm glove, which can convert pressure points into digital text and even send this text using small sensors and motors. Specialists from <Platz da!> and the developers of the technical aids will talk to participants about barriers that are overcome by the use of technology — and those that are created by it too. As the Grüner Salon is not (yet) accessible to all people with disabilities, a live broadcast and an online chat will be offered. Regarding accessibility please contact Yvonne Zindel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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Photo: Tom Bieling, Design Research Lab, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Lorm Handschuh