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Cyborg Prospecting: An Interview with Tim Maly

[Image: Nullalux/Emily] Cyborg Prospecting: An Interview with Tim Maly by Greg J. Smith on Current Intelligence:

The Cyborg at 50: Greg J. Smith interviews Quiet Babylon author and cyborgian Tim Maly on technology, flesh and fiction.

TIM MALY is the author of Quiet Babylon, a blog dedicated to exploring technology, culture and warped futurism. Exactly fifty years ago scientists Manfred Clynes and Nathan Kline introduced the term “cyborg” to describe beings with both biological and artificial components. To celebrate this anniversary, Maly commissioned 50 Posts About Cyborgs from a diverse group of multidisciplinary thinkers. The results include ruminations on mediated environments, arboreta, gaming and even Kanye West. In the midst of coordinating this avalanche of content, Maly took some time to chat with me about gadgets, the body and speculative fiction. Read the interview here.


Oct 15, 19:42
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VIDA 13.0: Art & Artificial Life International Competition

Fundación Telefónica announces the VIDA 13.0 Art & Artificial Life International Competition :: Call for Entries — Deadline: November 7, 2010.

At a time when the notion of life is once again located in an uncertain domain, a wide range of artistic initiatives come together to illustrate and investigate this phenomenon; they examine the impact on the collective conscience and the way it is manifested in cultural, technological and social thought.

Over the last decade, in the same formal space, VIDA has been bringing together inter-disciplinary projects that respond to this situation. By means of formal strategies that defy the boundaries between existing practices, these projects offer new ways of reflecting on what we understand by life and artificial life. Continue reading


Jul 25, 20:15
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[YASMIN] The Hybrid City as an Interface

[YASMIN] The Hybrid City as an Interface with Daphne Dragona, Haris Rizopoulos and Iouiliani Theona; moderated by Dimitris Charitos and Martin Rieser.

In the beginning of the 21st century, urban environments, within which social life evolves, are radically being reordered by technological systems and networks. Mobile telephony has restructured the way people socialize within urban space (Plant, 2001). Multi-user virtual environments redefine the meaning of mediated communication by immersing communicating participants into a synthetic spatial context. ICTs and new media may also be used for augmenting physical environments in order to communicate meaning. The contemporary urban environment already incorporates various kinds of representations of reality, communicated to us all via various media and appropriate display systems (most of these representations are visual, i.e. billboards, video projections, wall paintings, closed circuit TV, touch screens, etc). Continue reading


Jul 15, 20:45
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The Dada Cyborg: Visions of the New Human in Weimar Berlin

The Dada Cyborg: Visions of the New Human in Weimar Berlin by Matthew Biro (2009): In an era when technology, biology, and culture are becoming ever more closely connected, The Dada Cyborg explains how the cyborg as we know it today actually developed between 1918 and 1933 when German artists gave visual form to their utopian hopes and fantasies in a fearful response to World War I.

In what could be termed a prehistory of the posthuman, Matthew Biro shows the ways in which new forms of human existence were imagined in Germany between the two world wars through depictions of cyborgs. Examining the work of Hannah Höch, Raoul Hausmann, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Otto Dix, and Rudolf Schlichter, he reveals an innovative interpretation of the cyborg as a representative of hybrid identity, as well as a locus of new modes of awareness created by the impact of technology on human perception. Continue reading


Jul 10, 15:16
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Live Stage: Real Virtual Games in [secondlife Second Life]

Hybrid Participatory Performance: Real Virtual Games in Second Life :: July 11, 2010; 2:00 – 3:30 pm BST (6:00 – 7:30 am PST/SLT) :: The Place, London + Second Life :: Part of Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference: Dance and Spectacle.

This working group session starts with a 5-10 mn hybrid participatory performance based on a short structured movement improvisation between avatars (Second Life users) and participants in London, through SL video broadcast. The performance is followed by working group discussion of the proposed issues including all the physical and virtual participants. Continue reading


Jul 8, 18:27
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“Art + Science Now” by Stephen Wilson

Art + Science Now — by Stephen Wilson — is a global overview of the ways in which contemporary artists draw on scientific and technological developments to explore new forms of creative expression. In the twenty-first century, some of the most dynamic works of art are being produced not in the studio but in the laboratory, where artists probe cultural, philosophical, and social questions connected with cutting-edge scientific and technological research. Their work ranges across disciplines — microbiology, the physical sciences, information technologies, human biology and living systems, kinetics and robotics — and takes in everything from eugenics to climate change to artificial intelligence. Continue reading


Mar 26, 16:29
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Tracing Mobility: Territorial Play [uk Nottingham]

Trampoline: Territorial Play (Part of the Tracing Mobility Programme) :: May 14, 2010 :: Nottingham, UK :: Call for Artists – Deadline: April 12, 2010.

Trampoline is inviting submissions for the platform event, Territorial Play, part of Radiator Festival’s forthcoming project Tracing Mobility, a pan-European programme launching in Nottingham mid May 2010 and travelling to Warsaw (June/July 2010), Amsterdam (2011) and Berlin (2011).

Territorial Play aims to illustrate, annotate and animate discourse around the current trend towards a ‘mobilised city’. With the emergence of location aware mobile devices and near ubiquitous access to electronic networks in urban and rural areas, a new city is emerging beneath our feet. This dynamic ‘hybrid-city’ is a city in flux, where ideas of authorship and ownership are left at the door. Continue reading


Mar 26, 15:25
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Situated Technologies Pamphlets 6: MicroPublicPlaces

Situated Technologies Pamphlets 6 — MicroPublicPlaces by Hans Frei and Marc Böhlen :: Available from lulu.com or as a free download.

The Situated Technologies Pamphlets series, published by the Architectural League, explores the implications of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urbanism. How are our experience of the city and the choices we make in it are affected by mobile communications, pervasive media, ambient informatics and other “situated” technologies?

In response to the rise of pervasive information technologies and the privatization of the public sphere, Situated Technologies Pamphlets 6 proposes hybrid architectural programs called MicroPublicPlaces (MPPs). MPPs combine insights from ambient intelligence, human computing, architecture, social engineering, and urbanism to initiate ways to reanimate public life in contemporary societies.


Mar 16, 20:48
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Art and Technoscience [fi Helsinki]

Art and Technoscience: Practices in Transformation — Keynotes by Roy Ascott and Jill Scott :: March 24-25, 2010; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm :: Auditorium, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Kaikukatu 4.

The beginning of the 21st century is characterized by an overwhelming awareness of environmental issues. Facing the threat of global warming, the findings of scientific research have become a subject of intensive political debate. The ethical questions traditionally discussed in the green-wing marginals have become mainstream, as science has become a coffee-table topic. Continue reading


Mar 12, 18:23
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Digitale Afrique: Dance + New Technology Proposals

Digitale Afrique: Call for Dance + New Technology Proposals :: 8 works (including at least 1 from Africa) to be performed at International Digital Arts Festival of Enghien-les-Bains (France) :: June 11-19, 2010 :: Deadline for Proposals: January 8, 2010.

For the 5th edition of the Bains numériques Digital Arts International Festival, the Centre des Arts is organising an international competition for creations mixing dance and new technologies. This international call for project proposals aims at pre-selecting 8 hybrid stage form to be presented during the festival. A dedicated Committee will be assigned to select projects coming from the African Continent in order to ensure representation of African Digital Art and to select an African Project which will join the 7 other Works in competition. Continue reading


Jan 6, 19:00
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