ars electronica 2005 hybrid: more notes

session 3

* melanie puff: author of: “Postmoderne und Hybridkultur”. reflections about what happens with identity and self in our mulitmedial, always connected world. how can the paradox of being outside the system and at the same time inside it be brought together? identity has to become hybridity. hybrid identity is borderline idenity. we become the self and the other. no continuity possible, sampling, remixing and patchworking define hybrid identity.

* ollivier dyens: we live in a world where everything is changing. fundamental issues of being human are being put into question. art is the sensitive questioning of metaphysics. digital art illustrates the questioning of the fundamental issues of being human. differentiation: biological reality, technical reality, hybrid reality. reality is a spectrum. biological reality defines the very fundamental questions: life death intelligence survival. universals are possible in that field. in technical reality things become unsettled and blurred. universals are no longer possible. hybrid reality is the intrusion of the technological reality into the biological reality – into domains we used to think of as exclusively human, the soul, the spirit, the self. the paradox of the hybrid world is about us living in an organic world but starting to distrust the biological reality. digital art is the production of hybrid reality. the bit has no physicality. digital art is without origin. digital image has no source. it is simulation. yet it is still in the hands of human beings.

* jens hauser: “bioart – taxonomy of an etymological monster” the dilemna: what should be qualified as bioart? or not? and is it art? and why call it bioart? bioart is a bizarre distintion. other art pieces are not labeled after their subject. claims “we think that DNA makes great art”. distinctions between software and hardware habe become obsolete in the time of wetwork. bioart has evolved to include: rematerialisation, performativity, bodycenterdness, *and another thing that i missed*.

* carolin guertin: “if globalisation is the medium cosmopolitanism is the message” eric kaufmann. “queer agents in the contact zone.” [sorry, got sidetracked… and now i am teh lost] “we are contaminated by these unexpected spaces we have entered.”

* massimo canevacci: hybrid identity. hybrid still carries a stigma. but that stems from dualistic logic. only in recent years has hybrid become a different tune. “hypertext so far is used in dissapointing ways, it has stayed under its potential. non-linear narration could be possible.” the passage from a individual to a multi-vidual. [the guy sitting next to me just left muttering: bullshit] avatars is a symbol of the multiplicity of ego.

session 4:

* marko athissari: director of Design Strategy for Nokia. title: blogging over las vegas. why the title? flying was one of the last places where people could not get online. now that has changed we are truely always on. mobile phones. great notes paraphrasing his talk on marko’s blog.

* carmin karasic: net art activism now. linklist: electronic disturbance theater in 1998 coined the term hacktivism. first project floodnet. 4 different types of hacktivism: 1. mass mobilisation 2. symbolic gesture 3. building tools of resistance 4. direct social improvements.

* robin meier / frederique voisin: 2 electroaccoustic musicians from france and switzerland who create music that is mostly piano but stil does not fit any of the classic categories in fact defies them. musical categories are very clearly man made an influenced by cultural and historical factors. they speak about their experiences as creators of hybrid art.

* marco susani: about hybrid mobile ecosystems. the network has the potential to be homogenous. and that can be quite boring. leads to a flat society. suggest a switch of the terms access “anywhere” “no-matter-where” to “here”. because of the small screen of the mobile phone it is less immersive than computers, a good thing. post-broadcasting: from “one-to-one” to “few-to-few” to “broadcast”. 9/11 was a first instance where loads of amateur video material was used in mainstream. in person to person communication we see a shift from personal to tribal to viral. suggests that we will see more networked things in the future.

* usman haque: is sceptical of the notion of hybridity, because it assumes a bring together two things. which is based on the assumption that the two things were clearly seperate at some point. the distance between things is never as big as when we tend to say oh look they come together. architectural artist. describes some of his projects.

please note: i don’t think i did a very good job here. i therefore have added my notes to the wiki, so if you feel like it please elaborate, correct, rephrase: Notes_From_The_Hybrid_Symposium

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