[NetBehaviour] CYBORG: Hacktivists, Freaks and Hybrid Uprisings

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Tue May 12 12:00:29 CEST 2015


CYBORG: Hacktivists, Freaks and Hybrid Uprisings

Second Event of the Disruption Network Lab In cooperation with Kunstraum
Kreuzberg /Bethanien
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1, Mariannenplatz 2, Berlin

May 29 + 30, 2015.
2nd Event of the Disruption Network Lab
http://www.disruptionlab.org/cyborg

With: Francesca Da Rimini /Dollyoko (artist and cyberfeminist, AU),
Virginia Barratt (artist, performer and cyberfeminist, AU), Jack Halberstam
(theorist on gaga feminism and queer failure, USA), Franco "Bifo" Berardi
(sociologist and philosopher, IT, video contribution), Massimo Canevacci
(cultural anthropologist, IT/BR), Francesco Warbear Macarone Palmieri
(socio-anthropologist, cultural producer, DJ, IT/DE), Janez Janša (artist
and curator, SI), Helena Velena (trans/gender hacktivist, artist and
technologist, IT), Agnese Trocchi (artist and hacktivist, IT), Christopher
Coenen (researcher, DE), Stefan Greiner (Cyborg e.V., DE), Andreas Kirchner
(publisher and researcher, DE), Mariano Equizzi (filmmaker, IT/BG), Paolo
Bigazzi Alderigi (sound designer, IT), Magdalena Freudenschuss (gender
theory researcher, DE).

Event built around the international book launch of The Cyborg: A Study of
the Artificial Man, written by political Sci-Fi theorist Antonio Caronia
(Genoa, 1944 – Milan, 2013), Meson Press / Hybrid Publishing Lab, Leuphana
University of Lüneburg.

Event funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin. In cooperation with Kunstraum
Kreuzberg /Bethanien. Supported by the Italian Culture Institute of Berlin.
In collaboration with the Hybrid Publishing Lab, CDC/Leuphana University of
Lüneburg, Meson Press, Vierte Welt Kollaborationen, and Aksioma - Institute
of Contemporary Art Ljubljana.

Curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli and Daniela Silvestrin.

This two days event presents keynote speeches, panels and live cinema
connected with the understanding of cyborg identities, while exposing power
structures embedded in technology and our everyday life. The event is built
around the international book launch of The Cyborg: A Study of the
Artificial Man, written by political Sci-Fi theorist Antonio Caronia
(Genoa, 1944 – Milan, 2013), published by Meson Press / Hybrid Publishing
Lab, Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Starting from the book of Caronia and
going beyond it, the analysis will culminate discussing the most recent
frontiers of biotechnology and transhumanism.

The Cyborg was written by Antonio Caronia between 1985 and 2008 and
published in several Italian editions during this timeframe (with the
title: Il Cyborg. Saggio sull’uomo artificiale, last Italian edition is by
ShaKe Edizioni, Milan).

Antonio Caronia was a political activist during the 1977 revolution in
Italy, turning after that to the study of mass culture and communication
theory, especially about the relationship between science, technology,
identity, and cultural imagination. After his recent death he left behind a
massive body of books and essays, which have not been presented to an
international public yet, while being instead very popular in Italy. The
Cyborg is certainly crucial to the understanding of the development of
digital culture from the 1980s until today, not only in Italy, but
internationally. The main concept of the book, which is also at the core of
this event, is a reflection on the development of an emerging imaginary,
epitomising the passage from modernity to post-Fordist society. Adopting
Science Fiction and the critical reflection on technology and the body, as
a methodology of cultural criticism, the challenge is to generate new
activist, artist and hacker interventions. What does Cyborg mean today?
Which new configurations are possible to provoke critical awareness and
agency through sexuality, body and technology? Do we still need to speak
about "a body" or should we go beyond physical boundaries to reflect
critically on power structures in a time of economic crisis and increasing
technological surveillance?

Tickets (per day): 5 €


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VENUE:
Studio 1/ Kunstquartier Bethanien,
Mariannenplatz 2, Berlin


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PROGRAMME:

Friday May 29, 2015

17:00-17:40 - INTRODUCING THE CYBORG

Franco "Bifo" Berardi (sociologist and philosopher, IT, video contribution)
introduced by Tatiana Bazzichelli (Director of the Disruption Network Lab,
IT/DE)

18:00–19:30 - KEYNOTE

Massimo Canevacci (cultural anthropologist, IT/BR), moderated by Francesco
Warbear Macarone Palmieri (socio-anthropologist, cultural producer, DJ,
IT/DE)

20:00-21:30 - PANEL

Helena Velena (trans/gender hacktivist, artist and technologist, IT), Janez
Janša (artist and curator, SI), Agnese Trocchi (artist and hacktivist, IT),
moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli

22:30 - AFTER CONFERENCE

After-Conference at Vierte Welt Kollaborationen, Zentrum Kreuzberg,
Kottbusser Tor, 1. Floor.

Saturday May 30 2015

16:00–16:15 - VIDEO

Cyborg Party of Freakland. Short Video by Giacomo Verde (artist and
activist, IT)

16:15-17:30 - KEYNOTE

Francesca Da Rimini /Dollyoko (artist and cyberfeminist, AU), and Virginia
Barratt (artist, performer and cyberfeminist, AU), moderated by Magdalena
Freudenschuss (gender theory researcher, DE).

18:00-20:00 - PANEL

Jack Halberstam (theorist on gaga feminism and queer failure, USA),
Christopher Coenen (researcher, DE) and Stefan Greiner (Cyborg e.V.),
moderated by Daniela Silvestrin (Curator and Project Manager, Disruption
Network Lab)

20:30-21:30 - LIVE CINEMA + Q&A

Live Cinema by Mariano Equizzi (filmmaker, IT/BG) and Paolo Bigazzi
Alderigi (sound designer, IT). Q&A after the screening.

Read more here: http://www.disruptionlab.org/cyborg
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