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The biggest bite out of the fruit of Knowledge
The biggest bite out of the fruit of Knowledge

Claus Pias (ed.)


Although aspects of cybernetics can be traced back to various points in history, the proceedings of the so-called Macy Conferences, which have been edited for this volume, represent its modern foundational document. Held between 1946 and 1948 under the cumbersome title “Circular Causal and Feedback Mechanisms in Biological and Social Systems,” the papers delivered at these conferences were soon thereafter, at least as of 1949, referred to as contributions to cybernetics. Sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation (which was...
  • epistemology
  • computer science
  • media theory
  • historic documents
  • computational sciences
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Humanity is a metahuman concept.

Rolf Bossart, Milo Rau

Humanity is a metahuman concept.

  • art theory
  • artistic practice
  • realism
  • transhumanism
  • re-enactment
  • postmodernism

Sergei Eisenstein: The Anthropology of Rhythm

19.09.2017 – 19.01.2018

Nomas Foundation
Viale Somalia 33
01199 Rom

The Storming of the Winter Palace
The Forensics of an Image

24.11.2017 – 08.04.2018

HMKV im Dortmunder U
44137 Dortmund


  • minima oeconomica

    minima oeconomica

    Analysen und Kritik moderner Ökonomie, deren Wissenschaft und Legitmation im Zeitalter der Finanzialisierung

    • discourse history
    • economization
    • economy
    • economics
    • financial markets
    • financial crisis
  • Choreographing multitudes

    Choreographing multitudes

    • swarm model
    • social networks
    • social movements
    • crowd psychology
    • crowd
    • protest movements
  • Color and meaning

    Color and meaning

    Who is afraid of Red, Yellow, Blue…?

    • monochrome
    • image and imagery
    • color
    • chromatics / colour science
    • semiotics and semiology
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Relational Bodies in Contemporary Performance

Gabriele Brandstetter

Relational Bodies in Contemporary Performance

  • performativity
  • flash mob
  • networks
  • performance
  • dancing
  • public sphere
  • choreography
  • theatre studies
  • swarm model
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Anna Tuschling

Media Worlds and Affect

The tendency toward the globalization of the affect code compiled thus far is manifested as much in image atlases and catalogs of affect as in universal grammar and the language of popular images, since this code is precisely intended to be valid irrespective of space and time and thus also attain global reach in the service of a better understanding of facial expressions. If we assume that the above mentioned facial expressions may be traced to innate basic emotions, this neither forecloses the possibility that feelings may be simulated, nor implies that all humans are equally capable of recognizing emotions. Ekman certainly takes into account the potential contained in optical media such as television, which he treats as a training ground for facial recognition and which, therefore, may present a methodological challenge to intercultural studies: “Perhaps everyone learned their ‘universal’ expressions from watching Sesame Street on television!”

  • affects
  • affective computing
  • epistemology
  • emotions
  • interface


»… Consistently Abused and Forced…«
»… Consistently Abused and Forced…«

Kati Kroß

Christoph Schlingensief's »Freakstars 3000«

When non-disabled artists such as Jérôme Bel or Christoph Schlingensief in their productions work with actors who, in hegemonic discourse, are referred to as disabled, they almost invariably face criticism over the exploitation and voyeuristic exhibition of these people. Bel’s Disabled Theater anticipated such reservations and took a good deal of wind out of its critics’ sails by having the performers themselves raise these issues on stage and report on their families’ reactions to the piece. Nevertheless, the question whether...
  • aesthetics
  • Jérôme Bel
  • identity
  • disability studies
  • performing arts
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Oliver Feltham

The time of theater and the time of the polis

Theater as a live art has a peculiarly complicated relation to time, and to the present, especially because sometimes it proves to be a mimetic art, and sometimes not. Not only is it a matter of the temporality of the theater itself, and then of the time of the play, and of the performance but it is also – and this since the original Greek dispensation of theater – a question of the time of the city, of the polis, of the community, if such a thing exists. 

The object of this paper is theater as the production of contemporaneity, a temporal phenomenon which also turns out to be corporeal and political. The material consists of two theatrical performances; one by Dario Fo, titled La Fame dello Zanni (The Servant’s Hunger) and performed in what appears to be a university lecture hall in 1977 for RAI Due, Italian state television, and the...

  • contemporary art
  • poetry
  • art criticism
  • art
  • aesthetics
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Irina Kaldrack, Theo Röhle

Facebook's Open Graph Protocol: a medial promise

Facebook’s Open Graph protocol is the basis of a conglomerate in which the technical functionalities of addressing and distribution go hand in hand with categorization, staging, and user activity. A fundamental aspect to all of this is the fact that Open Graph can only be thought about in terms of crowds. An effective circulation of content requires an exceedingly large number of users; the semantic definition of content depends on the large-scale mobilization of website operators; and at the social level, the formation of “subsets” requires users to interact with online elements and with one another on a large scale. Open Graph produces a level of mediation between these crowds. It integrates organization and communication in such a way that crowds are rearranged; in the same way, it simultaneously organizes the classification of users in terms of content and thus gains, through the staging of its interfaces as well, its...

  • mathematics
  • Big Data
  • algorithms
  • crowd psychology
  • Facebook