Tekla Aslanishvili (Artist, Film Maker & Essayist) and Adem Ferizaj (Researcher at SOAS London) explore the power dynamics and societal hierarchies within regions at the borderlands between concepts of Europe and Asia on the Eurasian plate (South Caucasus, Caspian regions, and the Balkans).
We are joined for this LOOPS SESSION by kennedy+swan (founded in 2013), comprising of the work of the two artists Bianca Kennedy and Swan Collective. When working together, they explore the future of evolution and its impact on plants, animals, and humans.
How do performative arts intersect and reflect contemporary society and the socioeconomic and cultural situation? We are joined by Fronte Vacuo, a Berlin-based transdisciplinary performance group, blends body art, dance-theater, audiovisuals, and technology.
Alison Sperling, Marco Malvestio and Emiliano Guaraldo joins us for a discussion on the critical significance of data extraction and scenario making as they shape social perceptions of the planet’s futures and humanity’s presence, or absence, within them.
For this LOOPS SESSION, we are joined by Agnes Meyer-Brandis, a Berlin based artist with a background in sculpture and new media, who will introduce us to her practice. She creates works on the fringes of science, fiction and fabulation.Educated first in mineralogy, followed by studies at the art academies in Maastricht, Düsseldorf and Cologne, she has founded the Research Raft, a fictitious Institute for Art & Subjective Science that purposefully ‘is asking questions but gives no answers’ in fields such as climate research, environmental studies, meteorology, as well as synthetic and artistic biology.
What is AI? We are joined for a public talk and conversation with Matteo Pasquinelli (Associate Professor at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice), who instead suggests that the “mystery” of AI is just the automation of labour at the highest degree, not intelligence per se.
The increasing incorporation of machine learning in neuroscience research as well as the use of the human brain as metaphor in current and historical conceptions of artificial intelligence, bring up the need for a (re)negotiation of intelligence, mind and brain, and consciousness.
For this LOOPS SESSION we are joined by Michelle-Marie Letelier, an artist and researcher based in Berlin, who will introduce us to her practice. There will be a screening of the work "The Bone", both on screen and in VR.
For this LOOPS SESSION, we are joined by Mustafah Abdulaziz, a Berlin-based photographer & director. For over ten years his work has focused on the human impact of climate change by bringing vital stories to the public through large-scale installations around the world.
In this workshop, we will engage in a comprehensive overview of Unreal Engine, a real-time 3D creation platform that has broad applications across video game development, media arts, design, and various experimental contexts. Our exploration will delve into the engine's multifaceted use-cases and elucidate the foundational concepts that drive its functionality.
Su Yu Hsin and Jens Turowski join us for a screening with video installation settings and shared talk on their collaboration between geoscience and art. The works on display "frame of reference I + II" are the result of fieldwork at the Taroko Gorge site in Taiwan in collaboration with GFZ GermanResearch Centre for Geosciences and NCTU Disaster Prevention and Water Environment Research Center.
Orit Halpern and Jeffrey Kirkwood join us for a conversation on the models, infrastructures and histories of financial markets and computational capitalism. Models as “engines” that produce markets and meaning align with the historic reformulation of human intelligence as machinic and networked.
On the verge of immersive theatre, social experiment, hybrid reality and audio visual installations, Transmedia Artist and philosopher Victorine van Alphen explores how various mediated contexts can invite the audience through different perceptive states.
This week we are joined by Anna Ehrenstein and Cibelle Cavalli Bastos, who will present and discuss their artistic practices, focusing on fair decolonial and non-conforming collaboration and solidarity both physically and in the virtual.
For the first time, the pioneering theorist of postcolonialism Homi K. Bhabha will be a guest at the UdK Berlin. Berlin University of the Arts and LOOPS are pleased to welcome you to Prof. Homi K. Bhabha's keynote address and subsequent panel discussion.
How can information visualisation and diagrammatics be used to understand and render visible the entanglements between complex technological systems and society? Vladan Joler and Kim Albrecht will present and discuss their research practices and approaches towards different phenomena of digital culture.
For this Loops event, we are joined by Michael Nitsche, Stephan Günzel and Fabian Schneider, who will approach the concept of reduction from different points of view. What becomes possible through the reduction of complexity?
Through sculptural interventions, installations and performative workshops, Aram Bartholl questions the public economies of social networks, online platforms and the interconnected aspects of surveillance, data security and dependency on technology. In his works, the absurdity of global platform capitalism is transferred into public spaces.
How is climate change represented visually and what does this mean for social action? Birgit Schneider is Professor of Cultures of Knowledge and Media Environments at the University of Potsdam and researches climate images and visual climate change communication.
What is Loops? / Was ist Loops?
LOOPS is an event series that explores current questions facing our society from a wide range of perspectives in talks, workshops and various explorative formats. The aim is to create a platform for the presentation and discussion of interdisciplinary approaches to topics at the intersection of art, science and technology.
LOOPS ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe, die aktuelle Fragen unserer Gesellschaft aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven beleuchtet. In Vorträgen, Workshops und verschiedenen explorativen Formaten soll eine Plattform für die Vermittlung und Diskussion interdisziplinärer Ansätze zu Themen an der Schnittstelle von Kunst, Wissenschaft und Technologie geschaffen werden.
Every Thursday evening during the semester the temporary bar opens its doors after the LOOPS event series. With a breathtaking view and fabulous scenery in probably the most beautiful room of the TU Berlin, it invites students, staff, friends and interested people of all backgrounds to build a bridge. A bridge between two neighboring universities, between art and technology, between students and faculty, between academia and society, between focused exchange and casual get-togethers, or simply between today and tomorrow.
Supervision: Prof. Albert Lang
Curation Summer 2023: Lars Pinkwart, Emma Sokoll
Organisation: Emma Sokoll, Lars Pinkwart, Johannes Pointner, Federico Zurani, Friedrich Weber Goizel, Franz Siebler
Construction & Setup: Franz Siebler, Friedrich Weber Goizel
Web & Social Media: Lars Pinkwart, Engy El-Shenawy
Supported by / Mit Unterstützung von