Panel: Geopolitical Accelerationism

Wed 29.01.
Wed 29.01.

As new technologies fluctuate our social presence, we question the nature of how information and experience circulate in social structures and participatory practices today. Through new media and expanded information networks, the circulation of images is becoming a new form of economy in our increasingly technological based society. Looking at how technology, economics, and ecology are linked is being explored and studied through neo-materialist practices, and also in the general move away from the Anthropocene in anthropology and philosophy. This involves viewing cultural artifacts, while acknowledging their expanding digital environments, as evolving forms that co-exist in complex ecologies of matter and value. In “Some Trace Effects of the Post-Anthropecene: On Accelerationist Geopolitical Aesthetics”, Benjamin Bratton writes, “Any conjunction between aesthetics and politics (for a political aesthetic, an aestheticized politics, a geopolitical aesthetic, a politics of aesthetics, and so forth) is necessarily fraught by estranged agendas—all the more reason for us to conceive of their inter-activation from a willfully ahumanist perspective”. Looking at how we “harvest” information, modern natural resources, cloud networks, the isolation of database centers, immaterial labor, and the expansion of cyberspace, how have the failures of previous cybernetics experiments informed us today that nature is not a self-regulating ecosystem? How can we address political climate and culture as climate change?

 

Participants: Julieta Aranda, Armen Avanessian, Benjamin Bratton, Simon Denny, Anne de Vries, Prof. Dr. Susanne von Falkenhausen, Katja Novitskova, Benedict Singleton, Christopher Kulendran Thomas. Moderated by Elena Gilbert.

 

Venue: Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler

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Karl–Liebknecht–Str. 29, 4th floor, 12178