05 November 2016
Saturday, 05 November 2016
14.00 – 17.00
05 November 2016
15:00 – 17:00
A participatory live-performance. Bring your laptop!
Users are People
Discussion & Collaborative Assemblage, Screenings, Yoga Session
Let’s get emodigital* together! Join us at Depot Basel, forget your fear of the unknown and jump right into the rabbit hole. Bring your laptop and a yoga mattress!
14.30 – 16.00
Machines Of Loving Grace**
A discussion and a collaborative assemblage approaching emodigital relationships
Is AI able to love? Or are love attachments one of the few forms of relationship where humans cannot be replaced by machines?
Human love and relationships are more and more mediated through technological devices. It is not seldom that, in our relationships, the time spent with a mediating device prevails the time spent with the actual physical partner. Technological devices become ‘complicit’ in e.g. matchmaking, communication and expression of feelings, they even are adding to the stability and persistence of a relationship. The technological interface here does not remain a mere mediator, but also figures as a physical replacement for the carnal contact in between the partners, and becomes the focal point of our emotions. E.g. when waiting for the phone to RING increases the longing for the beloved to CALL. Our emotions for the other start to merge with the relationship with the technological device. What, if the ‘human part’ dissolves, or just stops to matter eventually? Movies such as ‘Her’ (2013) or ‘Ex Machina’ (2015) ‘explore’ possible developments in this direction; and the dialogue that the space craft Rosetta and her lander Philae ** had on twitter the days of their comet landing offered a first glimpse into a possible relationship between technological entities.
Together we will discuss possible developments of those deliberations, and – as a playful attempt to look into the future – we will assemble a diary and album mirroring a love story in the year 2116. Come, think and work with us, and don’t forget to bring your laptops!
With: Everybody, who wants to join & Sander Molenaar, Riccardo Lardi, Hendrike Nagel & Valerie van Zuijlen (Designers), Susanna Hertrich (Researcher ixdm FHNW), Stefanie Schälin (Researcher, Zentrum Gender Studies, University of Basel), Michael Frei (Film-maker) et al. (tba)
16.00 – 17.00
iYoga with Hendrike Nagel
Yoga-session for emodigital well-being
As a mental update system, iYoga fuses our body, mind, soul, and technology. With a range of exercises, iYoga dissolves all boundaries between physicality and virtuality, humanity and technology, and opens up a new meta-physical dimension. The human being transcends into the ultimate state of absolute self-actualization and perfection. iYoga will revolutionize and optimize everything; our physical existence, our value system, our beliefs, our human rights. Be different! Come and relax with us, and don’t forget to bring your laptops and a yoga mattress!
With: Everybody, who wants to join & Hendrike Nagel
* Emodigitality: The confluence of the analogue and the digital, the natural and the artificial, the spontaneous and the programmed, the affective and the cognitive.
**„All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Graces“ ist ein Gedicht von Richard Brautigan aus dem Jahr 1967