Session 1: Unbinding Mediatisation
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Fri 24 Feb

10:30 - 11:30

De Brakke Grond

20 / 17,50

In our darkest dreams, our bodies, emotions, reality and knowledge are dominated by hypervisibility, data collection, the ubiquitous regimes of micro-surveillance, and the tyranny of fake news and populist factoids. We have become little puppets in a machine, controlled by an insidious, fear- mongering, manipulative framework. Can we imagine how this began and how we can end it? Maryam Monalisa Gharavi Face/Less: Human, Inhuman, Abhuman In the hypervisible age, the face affords evidence of a singular human self while the covered face triggers suspicion of an inhuman or ‘abhuman’ entity. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi’s lecture surveys the simulacra and surveillance of our most politically and aesthetically potent organ: the face. Metahaven Recent Hystory (The Sprawl Continues) What does it mean to be human under the influence of an algorithmically induced digital blindfold? Recent Hystory (The Sprawl Continues) is an improvised study following Metahaven’s 2015-16 film The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda), which provided a take on geopolitics, propaganda, and perception. Since 2015, Metahaven has been collecting material for a continuation of the project. This is the first public presentation of such a road ahead, under the mercurial doom of the Trump regime, where digital and physical totalitarianism is quickly becoming reality, and an incessant repetition of facts, fictions and fallacies in the online world is already contributing to a normalisation of countless grave injustices and dangers of this administration.
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