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Thursday March 14, 2019 | 13:45 - 15:15 De Brakke Grond | Steegzaal


Otso Huopaniemi, Doctor of Arts, is a performance-maker, dramaturg, and artistic researcher who has shown work internationally including PS122 (NYC); 3LD Art & Technology Center (NYC); Kiasma Theater (Helsinki); ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsuhe, Germany); Theaterdiscounter (Berlin). In the spring of 2018, Huopaniemi successfully defended his doctoral thesis Algorithmic Ad-pt-tions at Uniarts Helsinki, Theatre Academy. In his research, Huopaniemi deals with human-computer interaction in the context of performative writing. The main claim of the research is that algorithmically altered self-translation constitutes a form of self-reflexive creative writing.
In “The Age of De-proletarianisation: Art and Teaching Art in Post-Consumerist Culture” (2010), Bernard Stiegler writes: “Only the digital itself, insofar as it can be a remedy, enables an effective struggle against the poison which it also is, and this is without doubt a key to the 21st century.” More recently, Martina Leeker has suggested that the altered states of attention created by the commonplace use of digital devices are reminiscent of those created in and through the experimental use of LSD in the 60s. It is in this tensional field in which this workshop finds its footing—or rather loses its footing—, as it proposes resisting the digital with the digital, or intervening in the intoxicating effects of digital media by alternatively giving in or insisting on getting one’s own way.
The context is writing and more specifically collaborative, improvisatory, digitally mediated performative writing happening in response to found video fragments that, in one way or another, deal with the conference themes. No special computer or performance skills are required. Physical engagement will include speaking into microphones while standing, listening to other participants speak, observing speech-to-text and other machine translation processes.
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