The Mess with Tech, Sense and Thinking @ HKW


The Mess with Tech, Sense and Thinking

Sonntag 7. Februar 2016, 15 – 19:30 Uhr

The act of making a decision can be seen as a personal attempt to strive for freedom and independence. But how is this process affected by our increasing dependencies within a networked environment, whether this be technology or the mesh of omnipresent social media? When we relate to a group in an online or offline way, our behavior is conditioned. The group influences how we approach, communicate, collaborate with each other and develop different types of interaction. What then, is the predominant sensation: to feel oppressed by or liberated from the burden of making decisions? How do we conceptualise the constraints of mediated communication today? Do we still feel free in our decision-making?

Within ‚The Mess with Tech, Sense and Thinking‘ we explore the conditions of communication by building tools and devices to broaden and expand our own domain, creating a network for our senses. We experiment with different performative practices in mediated and unmediated environments. By forming the space and public performance, we develop an environment to share with the audience.

The project is the outcome of a collaboration between students from Bauhaus University, Weimar, Weißensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin and Art Academy, Szczecin. During the one semester course, students were introduced to provocative concepts and ideas. For instance, Jacob von Uexküll’s notion of “Umwelt” as a domain defined by the sensual capacities of the actor and theoreticians of the 20th century, like Stafford Beer, who network to allow for effective government whilst preserving the autonomy of citizens. Also, contemporary thoughts were considered, like Nicholas Carr; still as ‘brainless as a toothpick’, they meanwhile are able to imitate our most cherished intellectual abilities” and Dimitris Papadopoulos Generation M.

Initiated by Ursula Damm, Hannes Brunner, Mindaugas Gapševičius.
Other contributions by Klaus Fritze, Vaclav Karel Harsa, Darsha Hewitt, Martin Schneider, Tomasz Wendland.

Contributions by: Emilio Aguas | Dovilė Aleksaitė | Michal Banasik | Rama Bielewski | Leon Billerbeck | Christian Doeller | Maria Degand | Liese Endler | Michael Fischer | Artur Gasior | Yvonne Götzl | Paul Haas | Meike Halle | Esben Holk Nielsen | Yawen Huang | Stephan Isermann | Francis Kamprath | Stefanie Kägi | Leo Koppelkamm | Eri Kubo | Sonja Ofen | Ioannis Oriwol | Azusena Sanchez | Matthias Schäfer | Marco Schröder | Rachel Smith | Remi Suda | Tanja Szallies | Adrian Taraszkiewicz | Mirce Velarde-Liljehult | Tim Vischer and others

Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Café Stage
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin


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