Mi 22.3.17

The Pacific Wall

ACUD STUDIO 18h → Talk & Performance

The Pacific Wall. Artistic strategies between Bauhaus and Silicon Valley
After its continuous expansion towards the West, the tidal wave of European modernism broke at the Pacific Wall (Lyotard), returning as the fractured post-modernism of computerized society. Today, the disruptive technologies of Silicon Valley mark the latest result of this break, which left us inhabitants of a world that is so fundamentally computerized some call it post-digital. While the political organization of this world is currently being renegotiated, one answer to its complexities to some seems to be the construction of actual walls.
In this context, student artists from two schools whose geographic location and history reflect this trajectory look at artistic strategies between modernism and its disruption: Bauhaus University Weimar and San Francisco Art Institute. Meeting in Berlin, they collaborate in the city of another wall one that famously failed.
Both groups work together at Schillerpalais, transforming the space into a laboratory for art and technology, traditional artistic practices and their post-digital update. This work is made public with an exhibition that opens on March 24.
On March 22, the project visits the studio of ACUD for an evening of experimental interactions featuring the artists Jörg Brinkmann, Theresa Schubert, and Lioudmila Voropai.
Haunted Media. Virtual Reality Lecture Performance
In our present time we are living with many ghosts in the media, killing meaning and exposing the emotional side of global capitalism in the forms of post-truth politics and nostalgia industry. Here, we will search for them in hopes of exposing the inherent gaps in the electronic media that pervade our lives. // Homepage
Creativity and collaboration with the non-human
A talk presenting artistic works that investigate topics of creativity from a post-human perspective. By transferring parts of the artists autonomy to processes or organisms, these entities become collaborators, enable a sense of possibilities and allow for contingencies. As part of her PhD research, the theoretical background of these works links historical natural philosophy from romanticism and monism with contemporary concepts of posthumanisn and agential realism. // Homepage
Futures of Art in the Age of Algorithmic Governance. Speculative Policies, Desirable Institutions, Realistic Scenarios
How current technological developments and their social and cultural implications will influence artistic and design practices, academic humanities and cultural production in general? Which consequences an ongoing algorithmisation of governance and decision-making processes will have for art institutions and for the cultural policy? Will it evoke some completely new institutional forms, markets and modes of distribution or will it just strengthen already existing ones? Taking these questions as a point of departure the lecture-performance will offer rather unexpected answers to them.
Bauhaus University Weimar
Faculty: Ursula Damm, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
Student artists: Elisabeth Kraus, Paul Haas, Marco Schröder, Matthias Pitscher, Francis Kamprath, Liese Endler, Nele Seifert, Mara May, Rama Bielewski, Aline Martinez, Clemens Bast
Curator: Michael Fischer
San Francisco Art Institute
Faculty: Lasse Scherffig
Staff: Tamara Loewenstein
Student artists: Negash Andargachew Asegde, Juan Pablo Ayala Quintero, Hilary Bond, Elle Carroll, Max Chao, Katlyn Laster, Bridgett Magyar, Lauren Miceli, Victoria Ordway, Lauren Szabo
MI 22.3 // 18H // FREE
san francisco art institute & bauhaus-universität weimar present:
artistic strategies between bauhaus and silicon valley
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