Talk
Andreas Broeckmann & Daniela Silvestrin
"Interfaces of Artistic Research"
Symposium Throwing Gestures
8 December 2018
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin


The exhibition and the international symposium are the finale of a two-year interdisciplinary research project investigating the interdependencies that exist between gestures and ubiquitous, globally networked technologies.
In their talk, Broeckmann and Silvestrin reported about an interdisciplinary research project on the topic of “anonymity” in which researchers from the social sciences and media studies worked together with a number of artists. The artistic programme, jointly organised by the two researchers and curators, sought to elucidate how research on a contemporary, societal issue can be done through art, contrasting, catalysing, and reflecting on different methods, ontologies and epistemologies. The notion of the “interface” was selected as an operational concept that connects between different systems, that creates interoperability, and that defines a zone of communication, interaction and agency. The research project employs the notion of the interface with regard to three aspects of such artistic research projects: the research topic as interface; the methods of interdisciplinary communication as interface; and the role of the curator as an interface in such interdisciplinary encounters.



Lecture
"Artistic research as kaleidoscopic knowledge production"
Technosphärenklänge #6: Lectures and Talks
24 November 2018
Lecture Hall, House or World Cultures, Berlin


In the context of the world premiere of the performance Alia: Zǔ tài (a powerful sound choreography by Marco Donnarumma and Nunu Kong, in which an artificial intelligence connects three dancers equipped with sensors interacting with robotic prostheses to sound and light to create a kinetic feedback loop), an afternoon of talks took place as part of sixth edition of "Technosphärenklänge", a series organized in cooperation between Haus der Kulturen der Welt and CTM Festival.

While there is a clear development and turn towards research oriented artistic practices and an increasing presence and implementation of “Artistic Research” PhD programs, grants and fellowships, the term and notion is still controversially discussed. It remains a matter of debate what differentiates artistic “research” from other artistic practices, that nevertheless have to be regarded as types of research in the sense of exploring, scrutinizing, testing, and seeking insight and understanding of the world. Whether and how the term “research” as used within the sciences can and should be applied to such artistic practices and projects also remains and open and vividly discussed question. Just like artistic practices, also scientific research and knowledge production processes are not completely self-transparent, objective processes, but often based on intuition, creativity, or practices of experimentation characterized by “implicit knowledge”. More importantly though, “doing science” is defined by a value and justification system of result-oriented, classification-based, systematic, reproducible and falsifiable working methods.
The talk discussed Marco Donnarumma’s work in general and the "Configurations" series of performances (including "Alia: Zǔ tài") in particular within this larger context.



Lecture
"Anonymität im Fokus kritischer Praxis und künstlerischer Forschung"
Vortragsreihe [Q]uerblicke: Anonymität
2. Juli 2018
Hörsaal 150, HCU Hamburg

Praktiken und Vorstellungen von Anonymität zählen zu den grundlegenden kulturellen Formationen der westlichen Moderne; Anonymität kann dabei dem Schutz persönlicher Freiheitsrechte dienen, kann durch fehlende Rechenschaftspflicht aber auch teils menschenverachtend und illegale Praktiken und Handlungsräume mit sich bringen. Ausgehend von künstlerischen Projekten und Positionen, die im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts “Re-Configuring Anonymity” zu Anonymitätsregimen neu entwickelt wurden, sowie anderen existierenden Arbeiten mit thematischem Bezug, wirft dieser Vortrag einen Blick auf kritische, forschende künstlerische Praxis und den (teils umstrittenen) Begriff der “künstlerischen Forschung”. Anhand dieser Beispiele dafür, wie zeitgenössische Künstlerinnen und Künstler den Begriff und die Bedeutung von Anonymität adressieren widmet er sich der Frage, wie durch experimentelle Situationen die Struktur und Relevanz bestimmter Formen der Anonymität erforscht werden kann und was für Aspekte und Fragen der Anonymität durch die künstlerischen Forschungsprojekte adressiert und aufgeworfen werden können, die in alltäglichen Umgebungen sozialer Interaktion nicht leicht zu durchschauen und erforschen sind, aber in semi-autonomen Bereichen künstlerischer Forschungs-Arenen auf unterschiedliche Art auf die Probe gestellt, provoziert und überspitzt werden können.

Die Ringvorlesung wird in Kooperation mit dem VW Schlüsselthemenprojekt "Reconfiguring Anonymity - Reciprocity, Identifiability and Accountability in Transformation" der Universitäten Bremen, Leuphana und Hamburg organisiert.



Book Launch
META. Tracing Unknown Knowns
transmediale 2018, face value
February 4, 2018
Berlin, House of World Cultures

With: Víctor Mazón Gardoqui, Daniela Silvestrin, Mario de Vega, Carsten Stabenow, Dicey Studio
META. Tracing Unknown Knowns is an artistic investigation and publishing project, launched and presented at transmediale by the artists, editors, and designers who developed it. Its aim is to trace the symptoms, structures, and dynamics of how information is produced, controlled, and distributed in an era marked by so-called post-truth and post-factual politics, as well as more generally by what philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt describes as “bullshit”: the increasing indifference to what is being told as long as it has the desired effects. Based on the conjunction of a portable server, security print materials (UV ink), and a website, META oscillates between screen and paper, digital and analog, tangible and withdrawn, private and public, commodity and commons.



Lecture
„Artistic research on and through anonymity”
École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), Paris
November 14th, 2017

Lecture as part of the winter-semester seminar "Anonymat" by Stephane Degoutin, Vadim Bernard, and Martin de Bie


Talk
„Ecologies of Transmission. Electromagnetic Agency in the Anthropocene”
Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today
Symposium organized by the Piet Zwart Institute / Willem de Kooning Academy
January 28 & 29, 2017
Rotterdam University, the Netherlands

The Anthropocene is both a widely acknowledged and fiercely debated term for a new geological era caused by humankind’s destructive influence on the planet. A growing number of exhibitions and publications are studying the intersection of the so-called Anthropocene with artistic and cultural practices.
The symposium intends to explore the role of the art and design fields as active agents contributing to the multi-disciplinary discourse on the Anthropocene. Special focus will be given to the notion of trans-disciplinary research—because of its cross-pollination of art, design, media, cultural disciplines and science—arising as part of the (critical) discussion about the Anthropocene.



Talk
„Ecologies of Transmission. Art as Radar in the Age of Lived Electromagnetism”
Frequency Affects
Symposium organized by the Labex Arts H2H project ‘La fabrique des arts sonores’
November 17, 2016
Centre Pompidou Metz, France

Part of the research carried out in the framework of the Labex Arts H2H project, ‘La fabrique des arts sonores’, this symposium intends to question both the affective aspect of the sounds that surround us and participate in our many activities and also the specific affects and aesthetic experiences induced by sound art practices. Through an examination of historical and contemporary productions, the symposium will specifically aim to address the politics of works and experiments, and from there the situations, sites and cultural distributions of which they provide a renewed perception and apprehension. In a close dialogue with current research in sound studies, the idea here is to look into the politics of sound affects that are identifiable in areas as diverse as urban planning, media, ecology, sound reproduction technologies, migration flows and the various applications of speech recognition and speech synthesis software, as well as police use of sound and the strategies that now govern the development of sound design, in order to consider both the contribution of this research to the study of sound art and the ways in which artistic practices can problematise these subjects and the imaginary worlds accompanying them.


Lecture
„Ecologies of Transmission. Artistic explorations of the taboos and secrets in today's lived electromagnetism”
Conference at the 10th Audiovisual Arts Festival, Corfu / Greece
TABOO - TRANSGRESSION - TRANSCENDENCE in Art & Science
May 20-22, 2016
Ionian University, Corfu, Greece

The Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University organizes a two-day interdisciplinary conference with theoretical and artwork presentations under the theme of “Taboo - Transgression - Transcendence”, focusing on questions about the nature of the forbidden and the liminal as expressed in science and art.
Since the beginning of time, taboo has traced the edges of experience. As with Icarus, whose excitement made him forget the restrictions of his man-made wings leading to his fall towards death, humans have always been regulated by a set of rules defining the borders of knowledge and experimentation. What constitutes the limits of the accepted, however, has to be read within the ethical horizons of a specific time frame. It is not uncommon that what seems outrageously transgressive in one moment, can eventually transcend to a commonplace practice. (…)



Book presentation & panel discussion
Translating the Hyper-visible and the Invisible
transmediale 2016, conversation piece
February 6, 2016
Berlin, House of World Cultures

With: Víctor Mazón Gardoqui, Alona Rodeh, Daniela Silvestrin, Mario de Vega, Teresa Dillon, Carsten Stabenow
Within the last year the artist Alona Rodeh has published Safe and Sound, a collection of texts by invited authors on the audiovisual methods of safety and security, from which Rodeh created a series of visual responses. In the same year, Mario de Vega, Victor Mazón Gardoqui, and Daniela Silvestrin have published the book LIMEN, which invited a series of authors to write about the electromagnetic spectrum in response to de Vega’s sound work on invisibility and his collaborations with Gardoqui. Taking these two publications as starting points, this conversation between the authors and the curator and designer Carsten Stabenow will reflect on artist-led publications and research processes and the aesthetics of print media as a means to communicate ideas on sound, visual art, and contemporary social issues.



Talk & panel discussion
„LIMEN. Ecologies of Transmission“
Panel on Ecosystems/Life
Symposium STRATA: Art and Science Collaborations in the Anthropocene
January 15, 2016
Aberystwyth University, Arts Centre

CP Snow’s Rede lecture of 1959 (‘The Two Cultures’) considered the humanities and sciences to be two separate strata. Arguably, a large degree of separation has remained ever since. Yet with the subsequent rise in awareness of the need to manage human impacts on the Earth, there have been calls for more integrated, holistic modes of thinking that involve greater engagement between multiple strata in academia and wider society. Such calls have been brought into sharp focus by debate over the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological time interval that suggests that humans are now the dominant influence shaping the Earth system. Are human activities such as agriculture, mining and urbanisation leaving distinctive ‘footprints’ in the Earth’s strata that will endure into the future and so enter the long-term geological record? What are the practical, cultural, ethical and moral implications of such a proposal?
To examine these and other questions, Strata brings together practitioners who work collaboratively across the arts and sciences (both broadly defined) in addressing the concept of the Anthropocene. The symposium’s principal remit is to consider the ways in which art and science collaborations are responding to the Anthropocene debate by representing the past, present and future impacts of human activity on the Earth system.
The symposium is concurrent with the exhibition ‘Stranded’ by Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey at the Arts Centre, and is a collaboration between the School of Art (SoA) and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES), organised by Julian Ruddock (SoA) and Stephen Tooth (DGES). Support is provided by the British Society for Geomorphology’s ‘Visualising Geomorphology’ Working Group.



Talk
Panel „Hacia una arqueología del miedo“
OPE3RA
26 de Junio, 2015
Aula Magna José Vasconcelos. CENART

Con VICTOR MAZÓN (es), DANIELA SILVESTRIN (de), MARIO DE VEGA (mx), BARNEY BROOMER (nl)
OPE3RA: Situados en un tiempo escuálido de implantación imprerialista, esta serie de encuentros teóricos exponen, confrontan y cuestionan “el presente” desde diversas perspectivas. El fenómeno de lo invisible como planteamiento cuasi etnográfico en donde la tradición del pensamiento en el ámbito académico sobreexpone la desmantelación de sistemas diseñados como simulacra.
En un contexto como México, con una tradición sincrética, abusada y corrupta en origen, ope3ra se expone como un ecosistema propicio para el caos, en donde el cuerpo y el cadáver se sitúan como una matriz colonial; lugar en donde la identidad sufre una metamorfosis provocada por la práctica de una comunicación disonante.