[spectre] Open Call Non-Machines

Ursula Damm tuer at ursuladamm.de
Sun May 7 18:46:59 CEST 2023

21-22 July 2023
Bauhaus University Weimar

Humans invented computing machines to use them as tools. However, these tools have developed to such an extent that, what not long ago was thought to be unimaginable, for example, computational generated texts or machines creating new machines, is now common-place.

The conference “Non-machines: Playground of Perspectives” reflects this situation which is fast becoming a new normal. By “non-machines” we mean human and non-human actors or tools that are not yet integrated into a machine network, such as a creature evolving freely in nature, or a human not connected to digital networks.

The conference invites us to rethink the relations between machines and non-machines, using a change of perspective: from one which sees the relationship between machines and non-machines as competing powers, to a more equitable and non-competing relationship among all entities.

As part of the COST project Toolkit of Care, this conference will explore how emerging technologies, particularly digital technologies, suggest new relationships between artists and their technological tools. How can and should machines and non-machines relate to each other? How can the use of new methods and tools help us experience the environment? How can, or should, we care for and with machines and non-machines? Does thinking about our relationship with tools suggest ways of thinking more generally across boundaries of difference? Topics addressed may include, but are not limited to:

Interactive strategies in interdisciplinary art-projects
The role of maker-tools for artists
Gender and identity in performative arts
Alternative spaces and collective problem solving
Merged realities in hybrid human-machine discourses
Cultural strategies in policy making
Care in the context of hybrid human-machine environments

The open call is directed to artists, writers, philosophers, designers, activists, engineers & changemakers <http://non-machines.eu/who-can-apply/>. Please send an abstract of your presentation proposal and CV at o-o at o-o.lt <mailto:o-o at o-o.lt>. The deadline is the 10th of May 2023.

The framework of this conference is developed by the professorship of Media Environments <http://www.uni-weimar.de/gmu> (Prof. Ursula Damm), with support from the professorship of Social Science Urban Research <https://www.uni-weimar.de/en/architecture-and-urbanism/institutes/ifeu/organisation/chairs-at-ifeu/urban-studies-and-social-research/> (Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt). The conference is organized by the Institutio Media in collaboration with Bauhaus University Weimar. It is part of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)-funded project: Toolkit of Care <http://non-machines.eu/about-toc/> (TOC), CA21102.

If you have any questions, please contact Mindaugas Gapševičius, Artistic Associate at the Chair of Medial Environments, at mindaugas.gapsevicius[at]uni-weimar.de <http://uni-weimar.de/>.

Prof. Ursula Damm
Media Environments
Bauhaus-University Weimar
Faculty of Art and Design
Marienstrasse 5
Room 304
D-99423 Weimar
phone +49 (0) 36 43/ 58 36 07
fax  +49 (0) 36 43/ 58 38 06
e-mail: ursula.damm at uni-weimar.de <mailto:ursula.damm at uni-weimar.de>
website  <http://www.uni-weimar.de/de/kunst-und-gestaltung/professuren/media-environments/>

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