Tracing Mobility: Symposium

Sat, Nov 26, 2011
11 am
Admission: 20 €/15 €

Tracing Mobility – Cartography and Migration in Networked Space Symposium Schedule

11h -12.20h

Panel 1 – Keep on Bloggin’ in the Free World (Theatersaal)

Sadie Plant (20min)
Stefan Heidenreich (20min)
Christian Hänggi (20min)
Moderated by Hubertus von Amelunxen

12.30h – 13.15h

Wolfgang Ernst (keynote)
Tracing Tempor(e)alities (40min)
Introduced by Hubertus von Amelunxen (Theatersaal)

14.15h – 14.45h

Artists’ Talks
Michelle Teran, Folgen, Lecture Performance (15min)
Landon Mackenzie, 2 paintings, Artists’ presentation (15min)
Introduced by Stephen Kovats (Exhibition)

15h – 16.20h

Panel 2 – A View from the Bridge

Hito Steyerl (20min)
Heath Bunting (20min)
Hendrik Speck (20min)
Moderated by Stephen Kovats (Theatersaal)

16.30h – 17h

Round up Panel: Exhibition meets Symposium (Theatersaal)
Moderated by Sadie Plant & Stephen Kovats
With Frank Abbott, Neal Beggs, Miles Chalcraft, Simon Faithfull, plan b (Sophia New/Daniel Belasco Rogers), Gordan Savicic, Mark Selby

Participants: Heath Bunting (UK) Wolfgang Ernst (DE) Christian Hänggi (CH) Stefan Heidenreich (DE) Landon Mackenzie (CAN) Sadie Plant (UK) Hendrik Speck (DE) Hito Steyerl (DE) Michelle Teran (CAN/DE) Moderators: Hubertus von Amelunxen (DE) Stephen Kovats (CAN/DE)

Participants of the Symposium:

Sadie Plant is a writer based in Birmingham. She has published several books: The Most Radical Gesture, Zeros and Ones, and Writing on Drugs, as well as 'On the Mobile', a report commissioned by Motorola in 2001. She has been a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, and a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. She contributes to graduate studies at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, and is currently working on the theory - and practice - of translation.

Stefan Heidenreich: Spaces of control and revolt In the course of the last years, central public places reappeared on the political stage. Protesters from Tunis to Tel Aviv, from Cairo to New York started to reclaim the hearts of their cities. But these places also figure amongst the most closely watched and most densely controlled by surveillance and CCTV. Revolt and control belong to two different media settings shaping the space. Both configure the space as a stage directed towards media. Or, to put it the other way round. A media settings creates both opportunities, the one of control and the one of revolt. It all depends on the circulation of information. As long the circuit of information remains closed, the forces of control remain in power. As soon as the circuit breaks open, it turns the space into a public stage. But this does not mean that the powers of control retreat. They keep their operations going and enhance their asymmetric data retrieved by phone tracking with publicly available data from platforms like twitter and facebook. The lecture will analyze politics of space as a result and effect of their mediatic settings.

Hito Steyerl: In Free Fall. On vertical perspective The talk explores a new dominant visuality from above – in the form of drone views, Google map views or aerial photography – as residues of 3D sovereignity.This expanded sovereignity reproduces itself via visual as well as military technology: as rampant military-entertainment complex. More generally it speaks about the complication of notions of ground and origin and the pleasure and anxieties of being in free fall.

Hendrik Speck: About Presence and Timely Being: Identities, constructed and defined by the social can also be understood and presented in the data we leave behind, allowing us to trace mobility through the leftovers of our digital presence. In computer mediated environments, where the trinity of entertainment, communication and information is preserved in a binary footprint, individualization can be expressed in a normalization of tags, links, keywords, themes and profiles, creating a need and desire for the reflection of presence, access, timing, timely being, belonging, surveillance and sousveillance.
Hendrik Speck is a Professor of Digital Media at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern / Department of Computer Sciences/ Interactive Media and head of the Information Architecture/ Search Engine Laboratory. He taught and lectured at the European Graduate School (Ada Byron Chair), New School for Social Research (New York), Columbia University (New York), Danube University Krems, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, International School of New Media (Lübeck), and University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern. (…) He has been working as an E-commerce consultant and was appointed CIO, Assistant Director and Ada Byron Chair of the Media and Communications department of the European Graduate School. This position includes the responsibility for the development of all web activities, policies and associations. Prof. Speck has designed distance and elearning systems, has developed online/viral marketing strategies and has worked on information architecture projects for governments, corporate clients and academic institutions. Professor Hendrik Speck is working as a consultant for Quaero and Theseus, exploring the next generation of intelligent search, information retrieval and visualization systems for the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Professor Speck is a member of the advisory council of the Search Marketing Expo – SMX Munich, a Fulbright and DAAD Scholar, and recipient of several other scholarships from Heinrich Böll Stiftung, New School University (New York), and European Graduate School.

Michelle Teran, born in Canada, explores the interaction between media and social networks in urban environments. In her work she looks at different aspects of how urban space is defined, occupied and mediatized. She has a social and site-specific practice which focuses mostly on the staging of urban interventions and performances, such as guided tours, discussions, walks and open-air projections as well as participatory installations and happenings. She is the winner of the Transmediale Award, the Turku 2011 Grand Prix Award, the Vida 8.0 Award and Prix Ars Electronica honorary mention (2005, 2010) Currently she is within the post-graduate Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme where she is doing practice-based research at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. She lives and works between Bergen and Berlin.

Landon Mackenzie is one of Canada’s leading painters. She has had an influence on a generation of artists through her twenty five years teaching at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. Starting as a student of conceptual art at NSCAD in Halifax in 1972, she turned to painting in the late seventies and has widely exhibited her large format canvases for 30 years. Her works are in many collections including the National Gallery of Canada.

Heath Bunting: Founder of the collective, Heath Bunting comes from an activist-artist background, where boundaries between art and socio-political action are blurred. Crediting himself as co-founder of both and sport-art movements, he is banned for life from entering the USA for his anti GM work. His self taught and authentically independent work is direct and uncomplicated. Concerned with issues such as infringements on privacy or restriction of individual freedom, his work demonstrates ways of resistance in an ironic and humorous way. Heath claims he aspires to be a skillful member of the public and is producing an expert system for identity mutation.