Performing knowledge. Lecture-performances in perspective

Public Program

09.03.2018, 19:00 — 20:30 Lezing

Samengesteld door Pieter Vermeulen

Georganiseerd door Masterclass KASKA / Sint Lucas Antwerpen

Public Program for 'Performing knowledge. Lecture-performances in perspective'

19:00 - 20:00
Warren Neidich: The Brain Without Organs in Cognitive Capitalism (lecture)


The architectural community long has resisted incorporating the knowledge of neuroscience into its repertoire of creative apparatuses and methods, fearing its message might be reductive and deterministic. However, the advent and acceleration of technologies interfacing with the brain, so called Neural Capitalism, e.g. Google DeepMind, brain-computer interfaces, neural dust, cortical implants, and optogenetics and their linkage to the Internet of Everything and Virtual reality platforms provide an occasion to pause to reevaluate the future of architecture's role in this complex system. This is especially true given the capacity of the social, cultural and technological environment to generate the epigenetic pressures that sculpt the brain’s neural plasticity. Employing ideas and methods linking the concept of post-Workerism (via Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of the “Body without Organs”) to neuroscience, this lecture will elaborate how my related concept of “the Brain without Organs” might illustrate a means of resistance in our age of Cognitive Capitalism, in which the brain and the mind are the new factories of the 21st century. I am calling for a brain that is open, noisy, empathic, and community-oriented, not an optimized one that can work longer and more efficiently in front of a computer screen in an office bureau coordinating stock transfers or drone strikes.

Warren Neidich is an internationally recognized artist and theorist. He is Professor of Art, Weissensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin, founding director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin, American Editor Archive Books and Visiting Scholar at Otis College of Art and Design. He has exhibited at such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1, MOMA, The Walker Art Center, MIT List Center of Art, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, ICA, London, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has recently published Neuromacht, Merve Verlag, Berlin and The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism, Part 3. His Color of Politics published by Bom Dia Books, Berlin and the Kunstverein Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz is forthcoming in 2018. Dr. Neidich studied photography, neuroscience, medicine, ophthalmology and architectural theory.

20:00 - 20:30
Bryana Fritz: Indispensible blue (lecture-performance)

About a (potential) relationship with the user software of a computer.

Dancer and choreographer Bryana Fritz sits down behind a computer, the darkness surrounding her. A magnified desktop is projected on the wall behind her. Her cursor dances around the desktop, cluttered with various blue folders with similar names: BLUE 1, BLUE 2, BLUE 3,… In the middle, there is a surprising folder called ‘Landscape’. The folders are opened and closed, linear surfaces are formed, boxes light up, colours and sounds appear; a poem unfolds here. The Apple user interface transforms into a landscape: sometimes flat and two-dimensional, sometimes a bottomless abyss, with countless folders.

IF SOFTWARE EXERTS A CHOREOGRAPHIC FORCE ON THE USER, HOW CAN SHE EMPLOY DANCE AS A MEANS TO ESCAPE ITS CLUTCH? Fritz tries to escape the pre-programmed patterns in which software controls our daily computer actions. We all use it daily in a functional way. Can one abandon all functionality and turn digital algorithms into poetry in a playful manner?

Locatie Kunsthal Extra City - Antwerpen-Berchem, Eikelstraat 25-31, 2600 Antwerpen