DISCUSSING BODY ENHANCEMENT. ABOUT PROSTHESES, EXTENSIONS AND CYBORGS, @ Art Laboratory

SusannaHertrichOlfactometer
Susanna Hertrich: Jacobson’s Fabulous Olfactometer, Digital Photo, 2014

DISCUSSING BODY ENHANCEMENT.
ABOUT PROSTHESES, EXTENSIONS AND CYBORGS

Freitag 13. November 2015, 19 Uhr | Entrance 5,- EUR

Seminar in English with limited seating.
Registration required: registration@artlaboratory-berlin.org

Panel Discussion with Susanna Hertrich | artist Enno Park | Author, co-founder of Cyborgs e.V. Christian de Lutz | curator, Art Laboratory Berlin

The works by Susanna Hertrich, currently on exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin, are part of her long-term research project Bodies & Technology. In this project, she reflects on the phenomenon of prostheses as an extension of the human in the 21st century. In the context of the latest technologies as well as current developments in the field of neuroscience and biology Hertrich proposes new transhuman sensory enhancements. The exhibition also presents Neil Harbisson, who has overcome colour blindness by means of an ‚Eyeborg‘, which translates colour into sound. Harbisson is the world’s first officially recognized Cyborg.

Starting from these two positions the panel discussion will discuss, from different perspectives, the phenomenon by which the human sensory apparatus is extended by computer-controlled prostheses. In the context of the debate on human 2.0, the social, political and ethical implications of the latest technologies will be critically questioned. Biotechnological developments and techno-philosophical discourse have long overtaken the popular caricature of the cyborg as a futuristic superhero. There currently exists an interesting range of discussions on bodily extensions from both artistic-aesthetic and media-philosophical perspectives.

More than a quarter century after Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto, the human/machine interface has become far more complex. The idea of creating a better quality of life and reality by utilising the transformative power of the cyborg can be re-examined within the framework of current manifestations.

In her artistic research SUSANNA HERTRICH focuses on technological extensions of the human body. She builds devices that are functional as well as speculative to anticipate a man-made evolution and thus refer to current ecological and social changes. She has collaborated with research laboratories in Japan, China and Berlin and in 2016 will begin a three-year research in Switzerland project on extending the human sense.

ENNO PARK studied Business Informatics and writes for the Electric Reporter and Jungle World a.o. In his writing, he deals with the impact of the digital change on society, especially the fusion of man and machine. Since he wears cochlear implants, he describes himself as a cyborg, and is one of the founders of the Berlin based Cyborgs eV.

Moderated by CHRISTIAN DE LUTZ, Art Laboratory Berlin

6PM | Artist (Susanna Hertrich) and curators will be present in the exhibition space
7PM | Panel discussion
9PM | Get-together, drinks
The exhibition will be open from 2-9PM.

Concept: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz

Information on the show: http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-exh-38.htm

Art Laboratory Berlin
Prinzenallee 34
13359 Berlin

http://artlaboratory-berlin.org/  | http://www.susannahertrich.com/

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