TECHNOLOGY’S PROMISE TO AUTHENTICATE
Hard-Core, Luke Dormehl, Masha Mcconaghy, Sebastian Sschmieg & Jonas Lund
Location: Theater Kikker
Creativity can be outsourced and automated. One person’s data is another person’s intellectual property. How do networked distribution, generated content and open sourcing affect artistic processes? As an attempt to define authenticity on this basis, we will draw connections from authenticity to solution-based technologies and where these intersect with art/cultural practices.
Luke Dormhel― Speaker
Luke Dormehl is a technology journalist, author and former documentary filmmaker. He has written about technology and, specifically, artificial intelligence for a variety of publications including Fast Company, Wired, The Guardian, Politico, Consumer Reports, SFX and others. His other books include Thinking Machines: The inside story of Artificial Intelligence and our race to build the future; The Apple Revolution: Steve Jobs, the Counterculture and How the Crazy Ones Took Over the World and The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems… and Create More. His documentaries have been screened on U.K. television for Channel 4.
Jonas Lund― Speaker
Jonas Lund creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control. His artistic practice involves creating systems and setting up parameters that oftentimes require engagement from the viewer. This results in performative artworks where tasks are executed according to algorithms or a set of rules. Through his works, Lund investigates the latest issues generated by the increasing digitalisation of contemporary society like authorship, participation and distribution of agency. At the same time, he questions the mechanisms of the art world; he challenges the production process, authoritative power and art market practices. Lund earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery (2019), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016), Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014), Växjö Konsthall Sweden (2016), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013), New Museum, New York (2012), and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Vienna Biennale 2019, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, Kunstforum, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield, Wired and more.
Masha McConaghy― Speaker
Dr. Masha McConaghy, curator and researcher, is a co-founder of BigchainDB, a scalable blockchain database and ascribe.io, a service enabling immutable attribution for artists and clear provenance for digital and physical art. She has a PhD in Arts from Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris and a Museology Degree from Louvre School, Paris. Her PhD explored the distinct relationship between art and commerce over the centuries. She has organized exhibitions throughout the world and has worked with curators at the Louvre Museum, Paris and directed a commercial gallery in Vancouver. Her current pursuits are at the intersection of art, IP and applications of new technology.
HARDCORE is an Amsterdam and London based artistrun organization operating nonhierarchically and nonauthoritatively by delegating tasks algorithmically between collaborative parties. Since its foundation in spring 2011, HARDCORE has been developing curatorial methods which problematize aspects of exhibitionmaking, such as subjective choices based on notions of harmony and taste. It recently started an artist database supported by its robotic curator Asahi to organize exhibitions. HARDCORE is kindly supported by the European Pavilion. Recent exhibitions and presentations include; TEXT2SPEECH: Proxy Politics As Withdrawal, ICA, London (UK, 2016); Bots, Bodies and Beasts, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie(NL, 2016); Asahi 4.0 Launch, Art Guard / OPENYOURKIMONO, London (UK, 2015); Strictly Digital, Alternativa, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk (PL, 2015); Close your Eyes, LET GOOOOO, Ruimte Ceasuur (NL, 2014); IS IT ART OR IS IT JUST, NEW: ART CENTER, BWA Zielona Góra (PL, 2014); Logic if you want human if you like, Alpineum (CH, 2013).
Sebastian Schmieg― Artist
Sebastian Schmieg is a Berlin-based artist, teacher and programmer who works with found materials and custom software to create pieces that examine the way contemporary technologies shape online and offline realities. Previously his work has been exhibited at Bitforms Gallery, New York, USA; FILE, Sao Paulo, Brazil; 319 Scholes, New York, USA; and Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands.