CTM MusicMakers Hacklab Inputs III + IV

CTM MusicMakers Hacklab Inputs

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Inputs are a talk series within the MusicMakers Hacklab at CTM 2019 Festival, offering new ideas and experience on this year's theme of "Adaptation."
FREE ENTRY, no pass required (Space limited).

Day 2 of 2 features talks by Liss C Werner and Špela Petrič
For Day 1 see

15:30 – Liss C. Werner
"Cybernetification or a Sixth Ecology"

Digital infrastructure and learning algorithms, digital industry and automated services, digital society, humanities, and health converge with the Anthropocene. This mix has given birth to extraordinary challenges for architecture as discipline, and in its role as cultural heritage and as materialized co-evolution of man and machine.

The digital has impacted man’s long-standing relationship to architecture, technology, and space. Vaucason’s 18th century automaton, the defecating duck, describes a cornerstone for the beginnings of a humanification of technology. In 1958 Gilbert Simondon stated that as a result of the assumption that technical objects contain no human reality, "culture has become a system of defense designed to safeguard man from technics." The rise of digital culture, digital objects, and digital information since the 1980s, and a concomitant transformation of atomic materiality into wireless bits, pushed the co-evolution and co-existence of humans and technology towards coalescence.

I suggest a Sixth Ecology, described as dynamic relationality across systems; multi-parametric, functionally adaptable, morphological, and cybernetic, where humans, machines, technology and 'nature' merge. The Sixth Ecology is derived from the cybernetic concepts of 'netgraft' and 'neurotecture' and suggests radically coded structures leading to new forms (in)formation.

17:00 – Špela Petrič
"You say adaptation, I think lab.our"

The hybrid lab/DIYbio/art practice appears as the cultural answer to science, a privileged critique of ethics and generator of new concepts. Aside from having these societal functions, what kind of relations come into view when "the practice" is considered as "multi-species labour" and "adaptation" an enactment of various layers of biopolitics?

This talk will examine some of my recent work with plants through ethics, power, convenience, and necessity, arriving to the concept of the vegetariat, which in a curious way blurs the line between green and white-coat work.


The MusicMakers Hacklab is pesented with CDM, Nusasonic, and the SHAPE platform, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Funded by the Senate Department of Culture and Europe, and Initiative Musik.