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SEMINAR // New technology and the post-human

  • Atelier Nord ANX 2 Olaf Ryes Plass Oslo, 0552 Norway (map)

Jeremy Bailey, work in progress — to be titled


Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at UiO's Department of Media and Communication, Steffen Krüger will moderate a discussion with PRAKSIS artists-in-residence David Blandy, Larry Achiampong and Jeremy Bailey. The panelists will discuss the theme of PRAKSIS's first residency in relationship to their artistic practices and cultural/sociological interests in relation to screenings of their work.
 


 

David Blandy & Larry Achiampong, Preview for Finding Fanon 2, 2015

David Blandy and Larry Achiampong journey through the virtual world of ‘Grand Theft Auto Five’, exploring identity in the post-human era. The Finding Fanon series is inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, (1925-1961) a politically radical humanist whose practice dealt with the psychopathology of colonisation and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation. Throughout the series, artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and decolonisation, and how these societal issues affect our relationship amidst an age of new technology, popular culture and globalisation Finding Fanon Two collides art-house cinema with digital culture’s Machinima, resulting in a work that explores the post-colonial condition from inside a simulated environment – the Grand Theft Auto 5 in-game video editor. This video work combines several stories, including how the artists’ familial histories relate to colonial history, an examination of how their relationship is formed through the virtual space, and thoughts on the implications of the post-human condition. Commissioned by Brighton Digital Festival, supported by Arts Council England, produced by Artsadmin.
 


 

Jeremy Bailey, The Future of Marriage, 2013

Software designed to empower all women created in collaboration with my wife Kristen D Schaffer. Created on the occasion of The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale http://thewrong.org for the Eternal Internet Otherhood Pavilion curated by Lorna Mills. http://www.theeternalinternetotherhood.com. With thanks to Kyle McDonald for FaceOSC and to Quartier21 at Museums Quartier for their support.


ABOUT STEFFEN KRÜGER //

Steffen Krüger, PhD in media and communication, MA in English lits. Steffen is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway. He is interested in developing critical, psychosocial approaches to digital media. In his current research project, “Online Interaction Forms”, financed by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR), he analyses forms of online interaction, applying the method of “scenic understanding” (Lorenzer, 1970, 1986) to a variety of online platforms – discussion forums and social networking sites. Steffen is contributing editor of the journal American Imago – Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences. His ventures into the art world have resulted in the project Metabolism (together with Tammo Rist, Oslo/Berlin), a selection of 90 x-ray images of trucks made at the Swedish-Norwegian border at Svinesund (www.metabolism.no).

A selection of his articles is openly accessible online:

-        Krueger, S.; Johanssen, J., (2014) “Alienation and Digital Labour – a depth-hermeneutic inquiry into online commodification and the unconscious”, in Sandoval, Fuchs et al. (eds.), Philosophers of the World Unite! Theorising Digital Labour and Virtual Work, TripleC, special issue, 12/2 2014, http://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/548.

-        Krueger, S., (2013) “How far can I make my fingers stretch? – A response to Vivian Sobchack’s ‘What my fingers knew’ from a depth-hermeneutic perspective”, Free Associations, no. 64, online: http://freeassociations.org.uk/.

 

 

 

 


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