A series of talks organized by the MAK in cooperation with the Arbeiterkammer Wien as part of the MAK FUTURE LAB
“The imagination is a unique mental faculty that fuses rational and emotional faculties,” writes philosopher Ágnes Heller (Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York) at the opening of her essay From Utopia to Dystopia (2016). And adds: “Neither thought nor action occurs without some kind of emotion.”
The application of brain implants to improve performance, the “upload” of knowledge and memory or the fusion of the human mind with artificial intelligence is not common practice just yet. How does the idea of “optimization” affect human consciousness and our mental and physical health? What are the consequences of self-optimization? Will “we ourselves” become redundant? Wherein lays the human capacity for agency in the worldwide network of smart technologies and algorithms? Which particular role do women have in this regard?
Diann Bauer, Artist and Writer
Tim Cole, Internet Publicist and Author
Peter Hoffmann, Social Policies Department, Arbeiterkammer Wien
Janina Loh, Philosopher (Philosophy of Technology and Media)
Sean Raspet, Artist and founder of non/food
Marlies Wirth, Curator, Digital Culture and MAK Design Collection; Curator, VIENNA BIENNALE 2017
The talk is held in English.
The event is taking place on the occasion of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future (21 Jun – 1 Oct 2017).
The MAK FUTURE LAB is a creative laboratory founded by the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. Through workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and other formats the MAK FUTURE LAB generates interdisciplinary contributions to a humane shaping and utilization of Digital Modernity. It positions design, architecture, and fine art as driving forces of socially, ecologically, culturally, and economically sustainable market economy models. Through diverse cooperations, it networks these creative sectors with the fields of science, research, business, and politics. The MAK FUTURE LAB aspires to develop both holistic orientation models and strategies for the commons inspired by such models, as well as concrete, innovative business ideas for the future.