Concept development & Co-Curation
IGNORANCE: The Power of Non-Knowledge
Second event of the Disruption Network Lab 2016 series “Art & Evidence”
Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Sept 30 & Oct 1, 2016

Artists, scientists, researchers, activists and journalists present and discuss ways and strategies to explore, unveil and unmake ignorance and its political, legal and social uses in everyday life.
The second event of the “Art & Evidence” series by Disruption Network Lab 2016 investigates the political, social and ethical dimensions of ignorance, manifested as different forms of what has been termed “non- knowledge”. It will shed light on how, why and when knowledge does not come to be, disappears or is suppressed, the possible advantages and disadvantages related to the creation or maintenance of ignorance and doubt, and how the underlying strategies and dynamics can be unveiled and unmade.
Especially in the context of the current political scenario that we are witnessing, the study and closer look at strategies behind the deliberate creation and spreading of ignorance has gained more importance than ever if we want to understand the reasons for the growing success of populist campaigns. At the same time, the creation of doubts, suppression or selected publication of facts, and nourishing of controversies is building a constant background to the debates related to the discussions about climate change, carcinogenic products, conduct and publication of scientific research results and the role and influence of the media in it.
A program of keynote lectures, panel discussions and a film screening will present artists, scientists, researchers and journalists who will discuss mechanisms and reasons behind knowledge that does not come to be or is suppressed. Discussions will center around the political, strategic and social uses of creating ignorance in social and everyday life through the manipulation and suppression of facts, the creation of doubt and uncertainty, biased reporting of the media, or even forbidden knowledge that is too controversial, sensitive or taboo to be studied.

—> Beyond Ignorance. Interview with Tatiana Bazzichelli and Daniela Silvestrin

Friday September 30 · 2016
16:00-17:15 – KEYNOTE
Matthias Gross (sociologist and science studies scholar, DE). Moderated by Daniela Silvestrin (curator, Disruption Network Lab, DE).
17:45-19:15 – PANEL
Joanna Kempner (sociologist, US), Jamie Allen (artist and researcher, CA/CH) and Jan Willem Wieland (philosopher and researcher, NL). Moderated by Teresa Dillon (researcher, artist and educator, IE/DE).
19:30-21:15 – SCREENING
Documentary “Merchants of Doubt”, directed by Robert Kenner (2014, 1h36min, OV). Introduced by Daniela Silvestrin.

Saturday October 1 · 2016
17:00-18:15 – KEYNOTE
Karen Douglas (social psychologist, UK). Moderated by Martin F. Robbins (researcher and science writer, UK).
18:45-20:45 – PANEL
Ippolita group (activists and writers, IT), Hannah Jane Parkinson (digital culture journalist and writer, UK), and Vladan Joler (SHARE Foundation director and chair of New Media Department at the University of Novi Sad, RS). Moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli (artistic director, Disruption Network Lab, IT/DE).

—> More videos here


Curator & Moderator
Panel „From Cy-borg to Bio-borg. Transhumanist visions reviewed“
Disruption Network Lab | CYBORG: Hacktivists, Freaks and Hybrid Uprisings
Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
30th May 2015

With: Jack Halberstam, Christopher Coenen, Stefan Greiner.
According to Ray Kurzweil, 2045 is supposed to be the year in which humanity will finally have overcome its physical limitations. Kurzweil is the leading figure of the transhumanist movement which wants to bring humanity even beyond the known concept of the Cyborg as a hybrid organism between human and machine. The new biotechnologies, nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence Studies, rejuvenating and other technologies are bringing us closer and closer to where Cyborgs wanted to get to (but were still struggling with human limitations) - enhanced bodily and sensory capabilities, perfect beauty, and mostly, to be freed from death as the ultimate burden of humanity. What does human enhancement mean for the bio-economy? What ethical and biopolitical questions do we have to deal with when we want to create or rather become immortal super-humans with perfect genes and features, and what does this say about us? In this panel the background as well as the visions and preoccupations connected to the possibilities given through the new biotechnologies — i.e. to become a immortal cyborg — will be discussed.

This panel was part of the 2-days event by the Disruption Network Lab (May 29 + 30, 2015) "CYBORG: Hacktivists, Freaks and Hybrid Uprisings", which was built around the international book launch of "The Cyborg: A Treatise on the Artificial Man", written by political Sci-Fi theorist Antonio Caronia (Genoa, 1944 – Milan, 2013), Meson Press / Hybrid Publishing Lab, Leuphana University of Lüneburg.
Disruption Network Lab is an experimental platform of research and practice focused on art, hacktivism and business disruption. More info here

photos 1+2: Maria Silvano - photo 3: Nadine Nelken