Pierre-Laurent Boulanger presents the IME project at Ma(n)chines, HKW, Berlin
The relationship between life and machine has always been problematic, not just since human beings began using drones to kill people or neuroscience started connecting synapses with control and monitoring electronics. While the terms “life” and “machine” may first and foremost represent oppositional categories of cultural self-portrayal, a look at the histories of culture and science reveals their mutual implications and hybridization; humanity is constantly using them as benchmarks for negotiating and renegotiating its position between nature and culture.
The international conference Ma(n)chines is devoted to examining these borders and connections between the ‘cultural’ and the ‘natural’ in the natural sciences, philosophy and art: its main focus: how can we redefine the relationship between life and inanimate objects beyond the concepts of the military-industrial complex?
15-17h Terms - Concepts - Perspectives I
Mai Wegener (PAS Berlin): The Humming of the Machines
Maximilian Haas (Viadrina): The Machine as Protagonist
Thomas Ebke (ENS Paris): "Checkmate". On the historical epistemology of chess computing and the Thanatos position of cybernetic regimes
17.30-19h Terms - Concepts - Perspectives II
Pierre-Laurent Boulanger (projet AiME, Sciences Po): Presentation of Bruno Latour’s "Enquête sur les modes d'existence. Une anthropologie des Modernes"
Uwe Wirth (JLU Gießen): Practises of grafting in the field of tension between man and machine
Mehr zum Projekt "An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence" (AIME) von Bruno Latour
19-19.45h Keynote II
Thomas Macho (HU Berlin): Machine Dreams, Dream Machines
19.45-20.30h Closing discussion
Conception and organisation:
Patricia A. Gwozdz (Uni Potsdam), Jakob C. Heller (Viadrina), Tim Sparenberg (Viadrina), Ronja Tripp (Viadrina),