Andrea Helbach on 11 Sep 2000 17:01:18 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] How does the artificial become real?


How does the artificial become real?
International symposium on September 22nd / 23rd, 2000 in Luxembourg

speakers confirmed:
Peter Anders, Gernot Boehme, Manfred Faßler, Monika Fleischmann, Peter
Gendolla, Jeremy Hayward, Guenter Kueppers, Siegfried J. Schmidt, Luc
Steels, Wolfgang Strauss, Francisco J. Varela, Kim H. Veltman, Peter
Weibel, Thomas Kamphusmann, Christian Reder, Nils Roeller, Stefan Weber,
Raimar Zons.

more information on the program under

The word Cybernetics  came into use at least 50 years ago. It was used
to describe the idea that every observed activity is dependent upon
uninterrupted exchange with its surroundings. From the end of the 1940s,
what was actually exchanged was termed Information: the process of
exchange was termed Communication . The process of self-organization and
self-control was termed Cybernetics . This reasoning initially appeared
to be helpful for controlling rockets and machinery, for electronic data
processing and ecological ideas. The applications for cybernetic
reasoning over three decades were rare: in contrast, there was a great
deal of fundamental research and accompanying theories.

_Cybernetics' history of design and development
For 50 years, the sectors which can be defined by the principles of
cybernetics have become ever more extensive. Not least, the
media-technological  'Cyberspace' has been set up as a global model in
surroundings which are dynamically supported by a network. After the
scientific and technological dimensions, cultural dimensions are now
being discussed. How are dynamic, unstable cultures comprehensible?

_Making perceptions real
Ideas about dynamic environments interconnected through the network and
adaptive learning still irritate ideals of identity and stable
individuality. Which models can be used to clarifiy that identity is
unstable and how can freedom and creativity, abstraction and
artificiality be newly understood from it?

_Staging the artificial / digital artificiality /
Technological acceleration of the media and interconnections through the
network, influence the rational way in which people perceive, trade and
communicate. How can the technical dimensions of artificiality be
incorporated into intelligent, participative, integrative, economical
and derived embodiments, i.e., productions?

_Transmission in artificial space
One of the greatest challenges to cybernetically artificial developments
is the weakness in transmitted classifications of significance. Will
there be a global culture? How will this be remembered? How will it be
able to be taught and learned? In what will the knowledge of this global
culture or other civilization be kept?

Concept und organisation: Andrea Helbach / MedienRaum a.s.b.l.,
Luxembourg/, Dr. Manfred Faßler ,/ University of Francfort in
cooperation with: Ministère de la Culture, de l`Enseignement Supérieur
et de la Recherche Luxembourg, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art
contemporain and Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor / New Media
Group Luxembourg

The Symposium will take place in the European Congress Centre in

Andrea Helbach, MedienRaum asbl

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