The Timeline – Lectures and Discussion Panels

Date and Time: 24 June 2017, 5pm – 8pm
Venue: Connecting Space Hong Kong (Directions)

Timelines and graphs: Reading the network diagrams

Speaker: Doron Goldfarb
Time: 5pm – 6pm

The hundreds of collaboratively edited Technopolitics timeline entries are drawn from the editors’ individual viewpoints on Information Society. As heterogeneous as they appear, mutual points of contact are nevertheless to be expected, offering themselves for exploration. One approach is to contextualize the individual entries with a large existing knowledge base such as Wikipedia and to explore how are they related there. Do they form a contiguous space of knowledge or do they rather appear as randomly scattered islands? Do specific clusters exist and how do they align with the categories assigned by the editors? Based on these questions, this talk presents an experiment in which the Timeline contributors were asked to identify relevant Wikipedia articles for each of their entries. The network of Hyperlinks between these articles forms an alternative, synchronic representation of the diachronic timeline and offers means to quantitatively and visually assess its structure in this regard.

Narrating the Timeline: Hybrid (hi)stories

Speakers: TECHNOPOLITICS working group
Time: 6pm – 7pm

How can we possibly tell the (hi)story of something as impossibly large, complex and loosely-defined as the information society? Technopolitics approaches this issue by creating and relating multiple overlapping, contradicting or simply incommensurable narratives. The workshop presents multiple narratives around different tipping points when changes where introduced to, and effected by, different strands of technoculture and technopolitics. And we encourage the audience to develop their own narrative perspectives. Our aim is to open up the space of historically-grounded imagination, as we stand once again at a tipping point, uncertain which path our collective development will take.

Mindreading/Thought Transmission

Video and Lecture: Margarete Jahrmann
Time: 7pm

Mindreading/Thought Transmission is a performance lecture with a film
screening and a ludic text on techno- and experimental sciences from
1890 – 2019, created with the media theorist and dramaturg Marian
Kaiser, Berlin.

Twelve commentaries on neurophysiological analysis technologies and
measurement devices are correlated with film segments on the analysis of
inner and outer surveillance data. This “interception project” follows
the history of a future technology whose implementation can be expected
by the year 2019: remote brain wave recording and analysis. A
mind-reading lecture session introduces scenes in dialogue form, a
speculative theory and a fictional narrative at the intersections of
inside and outside, brain and electricity, reason and society, culture
and madness. The scenes: NEUROSPIN (2016) – ONYX Swiss Surveillance
Satellite Field (2012) – THOUGHT READING via YOUTUBE (2011) – SECRET

All lectures a open to public and free of charge.