The in/compatible theme addresses unresolved tensions in-between different technologies, their cultures of production and use, as well as the tensions between different approaches to contemporary media culture. What happens when such incompatible phenomena are brought to the fore rather than hidden away in the dark underbelly of digital culture?
The event is organized into 5 main strands of inquiry. Certain supplementary threads emerge across that include noise and glitch, hacking and free culture, viruses and ideas of disruption or disconnection from networks.

Venue: UdK / Vilém Flusser Archive, Grunewaldstr. 2-5, 10823 Berlin, Aula 110 (1st floor)

16-18 November 2011
venue: Aula (1st floor), University of the Arts Berlin / Universität der Künste Berlin
Grunewaldstr. 2-5, 10823 Berlin
Workshops are restricted to PhD students

DAY 1 – Wednesday 16 Nov
14.00 – 14.30 Arrival and welcome

Panel 1
Various socio-technical systems communicate with each other in networks, but how do they distribute sense perception and relations of power and control?
14.30 – 14.55 Lasse Scherffig – (ping) pong: feedback machines between computation and control
14.55 – 15.20 Gabriel Menotti Gonring – blind optics: rearrangements of apparatus in contemporary audiovisual media
15.20 – 15.45 Anne Popiel – the impossible landscapes of fontacuberta, furnish and ruff
15.45 – 16.10 Jacob Gaboury – imaging the future: computer graphics and the production of objects
// break
16.20 – 17.00 discussion, moderated by Christian Ulrik Andersen

DAY 2 – Thursday 17 Nov
10.00 – 10.10 introduction

Panel 2
What are the aesthetic and critical responses to these distributed forms?
10.10 – 10.35 Gottlieb Baruch – mal du material: high technology and its shadow
10.35 – 11.00 Rosa Menkman – from artifact to filter
11.00 – 11.25 Marie Thompson – productive parasites: thinking of noise as affect
11.25 – 11.50 Tero Karppi – incompatible ethics of disconnection
// break
12:00 – 12.40 discussion, moderated by Andrew Murphie
// lunch

Panel 3
There are ever more competing ways of understanding and addressing knowledge production, so what is the role of emergent practice and artistic research methods?
14.00 – 14.25 Morten Riis – Compatible incompatibility
14.25 – 14.50 Cesar Baio – programming abstract machines: the place of the artist in the face of technology of mediation
14.50 – 15.15 Thomas Bjoernsten Kristensen – silent transmissions and noisy interventions
15.15 – 15.40 Zach Blas – queer viralities: on technologies and weapons of queerness
// break
15.50 – 16.30 discussion, moderated by Morten Breinbjerg

DAY 3 – Friday 18 Nov
10.00 – 10.10 introduction

Panel 4
How to rethink research methods across the arts and science traditions?
10.10 – 10.35 Nina Wenhart – speculative archiving and experimental preservation of media art
10.35 – 11.00 Ioana Jucan – performing measure: endurance at the interface between technology and nature
11.00 – 11.25 Mathias Tarasiewicz – artistic technology research
11.35 – 12.05 discussion, moderated by Søren Pold

Panel 5
In the collapsing distinctions of production and consumption, and with new models of socialisation and exchange, what are the alternatives economies and business models that emerge?
12.30 – 12.55 Aymeric Mansoux – the good, the bad, and the ugly: the epic take of permission in network culture
12.55 – 13.20 Magnus Lawrie – capital markets, public goods institutions and social interfaces
13.20 – 13.45 Carolin Wiedemann – irrepresentable collectivity?
13.45 – 14.25 discussion, moderated by Geoff Cox
// lunch

15.00 – 17.00 plenary session: what next? a common reflection on in/compatible research practices hosted by the reSource for transmedial culture, moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli.
The plenary session is open to the public.

16-17 November 2011
The research conference is open to the public.

DAY 1 – Wednesday 16 Nov
18.00 – 19.00 keynote, moderated by Kristoffer Gansing
Siegfried Zielinski – Interfaces in between art, technology and science: After the Media
In his recently published book [... nach den Medien] (Merve, Nov. 2011), Prof. Siegfried Zielinski outlines a multiple and relational understanding of media: media are “manifold” interdiscursive entities, processing situations and artefacts in between art, science and technology. At the same time, he argues, we are living in an age “after the media”: cultural and technological processes of unification in globalisation and ubiquitous digital networks renders the very distinction of “the media” increasingly superfluous. This situation, however, does not render superfluous the need for critical reflection on our media saturated environments, something Zielinski himself dynamically demonstrates in his earlier work on the media-archaeological, deep-time, and variantological aspects of the manifold relations between the arts, sciences and technology. The question for this evening’s lecture becomes one of how the tensions, paradoxes and contradictions of media as interfaces, “after the media”, continue to impact experimental artistic imagination and practice?

19:15 – 20:30 panel discussion: Cornelia Sollfrank, Christian Ulrik Andersen/Søren Pold, Morten Breinbjerg, Jussi Parikka, moderated by Claudia Becker
What methods allow for the investigation of neglected histories and technologies? How to use the tensions between various approaches productively?

DAY 2 – Thursday 17 Nov
18.30 – 19.30 keynote, moderated by Geoff Cox:
Tiziana Terranova – Incompatible models for future societies: social networks and financial markets
Knowledge production in network culture seems to unfold at the boundary between the mechanisms of money-production associated with the financial markets and the dynamics of socialization inherent in sharing, modifying and circulating percepts, opinions, affects, and objects. Is the relation between these two modes of connectivity a smooth, mutually profitable relation as conceptualized by theorists and apologists of the new economy and the web 2.0, or does it harbor within itself a potentially explosive incompatibility?

19:45 – 20:45 panel discussion: Tatiana Bazzichelli, Andrew Murphie, Søren Pold/Christian Ulrik Andersen, moderated by Geoff Cox
Knowledge production relates to different economical frameworks, but how to avoid the deadening forces of marketisation? Can this be reconceptualised outside the confines of financial capitalism?

20:45-21:00 tm statement: Kristoffer Gansing

21.15 – late: bar


  • ::R15N:: (beta-test) by Dmytri Kleiner & the Telekommunisten Network:
    R15N is an artwork in the form of an experimental mobile phone service which attempts to generate local community engagement and communication. Unlike typical social networks, where communication is self-selected into circles of “friends,” R15N works through the co-operation of randomly selected people. Miscommunication Technologies uncover the social relations embedded in network topologies and communications platforms.
  • “Varia zoosystematica profundorum” by Alberto de Campo and students of the Generative Art/Computational Art Class: The Generative Art/Computational Art class at UdK (Prof. Dr. de Campo) has developed models for Deep Sea communication, inspired by the work of Louis Bec and Vilem Flusser: A number of agents simulate aspects of the communicative behavior of different deep sea creatures. Very little is known about communication in the deep sea; more unknown means of sound production are to be expected.