Transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2017 @ Embassy of Canada to Germany


transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2017

Eröffnung: 31. Januar 2017, 18 – 21 Uhr

[Free admission. Please present a valid photo-ID at the door and allow sufficient time for Embassy security. Doors open 18:00 / start 18:30]

This year’s transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture is delivered by Sarah Sharma, who has focused on the intersectional politics of time, class, gender, and race in her research. For the lecture Sharma will speak under the title “Exit and the Extensions of Man”, which extends from her ongoing research on the male fantasy of exit as it manifests itself in a set of seemingly disparate sites: nationalist movements, robots designed to provide loving care, and the leftist refusal of work paradigm. While taking stock of this masculinist penchant for exit and paying particular attention to the „message“ and extensions of our new machines, Sharma considers whether a door has opened for a feminist exit movement. In her talk, Sharma wonders who will pick up the pieces when the robots leave and there is nowhere left to go?

The transmediale Marshall McLuhan lecture is realized in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada to Germany and its Marshall McLuhan Salon, which holds one of the most significant collections of audio-visual material by and about the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, as well as a large number of his publications.

Ben Bogart: „Watching (Blade Runner)“
Following the transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture by Sarah Sharma, an installation by Vancouver based artist Ben Bogart opens in the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada. The work „Watching (Blade Runner)“ (2016) is the latest installment of the series “Watching and Dreaming.” Initiated in 2014, this series of works are the result of statistically oriented machine learning and computer vision algorithms attempting to understand popular cinematic depictions of Artificial Intelligence by breaking apart and reconstructing them. The machines’ understanding is manifest in their ability to recognize, and eventually predict, the structure of the films they watch. The images produced are the result of both the system’s projection of imaginary structure, and the structure of the films themselves. What is watching? What are the mechanisms that allow recognize patterns and regularity in the noise and complexity of observable reality? How do we integrate the continuous flow of information into a cohesive world-view? These are among the questions at the centre of Ben Bogart’s artistic inquiry.

transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture and transmediale Marshall McLuhan Salon Exhibition is a cooperation between transmediale – festival for art and digital culture berlin and the Embassy of Canada in Berlin.

Botschaft von Kanada
Leipziger Platz 17
10117 Berlin

01. – 05. 2017 | 14 – 18 Uhr

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