In July 2020, Nishant Shah (vice-president Research at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands) opened the lecture series with his talk »The Quantified Future Was Always Scarce: Constant Catastrophization & Computational Counting«. He argued that mathematical quantification, for example in the form of algorithms, leads to the future becoming something predictable – and thus controllable. Nishant Shah’s comparison of machine-controlled and man-made future concepts raises the question of human agency in the age of the technosphere.
On Wednesday, September 17, 2020, 7 pm, Nishant Shah and the media artist Mary Maggic will discuss the potentials and consequences that arise from this situation in an online conversation which can be live-streamed on our Vimeo channel. After the live event, the conversation can be accessed permanently as an online learning resource free of charge: https://vimeo.com/akademiesolitude
All lectures and discussions in the series will be held in English.