The growing interconnectedness of everyone and everything is transforming our world into an unprecedented techno-social environment. The boundaries between atmosphere and politics are being suspended; already, tiny ruptures can cause cascade-like repercussions – think of cyber-attacks or stock market crashes, right-wing resentment or hashtag-based protest. Such ambient revolts are increasingly driven by artificial intelligence (AI) – involving human interaction but seemingly beyond human oversight. Set against this backdrop, the conference poses the questions: What are the techno-social logics of both regressive and repressive tendencies? What are emancipatory movements up against? What potential do micro-political acts have in day-to-day life? What regulations of automated systems at the macro level will enable democracy to emerge in the age of AI? The Berliner Gazette conference will explore these questions in the context of performances, lectures and workshops. More information about the workshops below. Registration deadline: October 20.
The Hidden Logics of AI | Nov 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Do self-learning algorithms have their own agenda for a better world? Two speakers will look for answers: Louise Amoore (UK) researches in the areas of global geopolitics and security, focusing on how forms of data, analytics and risk management are changing the techniques of border control and security. Science and technology scholar Jutta Weber (Germany) analyzes the socio-technical dimensions of the 'Scoring Society', where our behavior is automatically scored via personality models and social media intelligence while we are busily feeding algorithms by scoring Amazon toothbrushes, Uber drivers, etc. Moderated by Berlin-based political consultant and activist Sandra Mamitzsch, this talk will put the hidden logics of AI up for debate.
This talk will take place at ZK/U on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Limited seats, free entry.
Artifices of Intelligentsia | Nov 9 | 7:30 p.m.
The algorithm-driven world is getting ever more intelligent – but intelligent for whom? Two artists will look for answers: Kim Yong Hun (South Korea) of the art collective Shinseungback Kimyonghun created the "Animal Classifier" - an AI trained to divide animals into arbitrary classifications to foreground the imperfections in algorithmic classification systems. Dzina Zhuk (Russia) who with Nicolay Spesivtsev (Belarus) is co-founder of the art group EEEFFF, contextualises digital city infrastructure in the context of complex and autonomous AI systems. Moderated by L.A.-based journalist Claudia Nuñez, this talk will explore emancipatory strategies in a techno-social environment of algorithmic bias and digital trash.
This talk will take place at ZK/U on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Limited seats, free entry.
As a warm-up to this public talk the artist-driven artificial intelligence SAZAE Bot (Japan) will stage the performance "sleeping bot", exploring the algorithmic unconscious.
Invisibilized Logistics | Nov 10 | 3 p.m.
What does it mean to learn from ‘the invisibilized’? Two speakers will look for answers: Evelina Gambino (Italy/Georgia) undertakes grassroots inquiries into logistics – today the largest playing field of algorithmically enhanced circulation –, focusing on the movement of labouring bodies and objects as well as the spaces they create. The architect and researcher Sandi Hilal (Palestine) pioneers emancipatory approaches to organizing education in refugee camps. Moderated by Berlin-based critic Krystian Woznicki this talk will explore ‘logistics from below’ by reflecting on the potential of ‘the invisibilized’ as a multitude who are jointly challenging the increasingly AI-driven migration infrastructure.
This talk will take place at ZK/U on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. Limited seats, free entry.
As a warm-up to this public talk, the workshop groups will pitch the results of their two and half day process: position papers, multimedia stories and experimental projects.
After this talk please join the closing performance The Other Side of AI with choreographer Pepe Dayaw (Philippines) creating a dinner and artist Melanie Gilligan (UK) showing her episode film "Popular Unrest".
Register and join
This open call for registration targets (up-and-coming) hackers, journalists, activists and researchers. A limited number of participants is able to register by contacting the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: October 20. Registration fee: 50 Euro, incl. catering. Please note: As the five workshops will be running in parallel, everyone is invited to commit to a single track. On November 8-10, the workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The conference hosts will provide catering throughout the entire conference, including a warm lunch.
To tackle the key issues of the conference, five parallel workshop tracks will offer five different approaches for a pragmatic critique of citizenship as a framework for political participation, addressing the following issues: “Re-Coding Populism?”, “Challenging the Capitalocene”, “Involuntary Community”, “Unlearning Learning”, “Hacking the Urban Backend”. The conference workshops will bring together more than 100 activists from all over the world. The BG will invite key actors from the international scene to form the core of the five workshop tracks, and will issue an open call for the general public to register.
The workshop groups will communicate before the conference in order to flesh out the workshop design collaboratively. Led by experienced group leaders, participants will be invited to come up with possible answers to the questions outlined in this project paper. The results will be made available as online resources via berlinergazette.de: they may include position papers, multimedia storytelling projects and collections of ideas. Check the workshop results from the previous BG annual conference and find photos from the workshops here.
Guests: Tatiana Bazzichelli, Zeljko Blace, Susanne Braun, Anselmo Canha, Jeff Deutch, Adriana Homolova, Dia Kayyali, Inga Lindarenka, Allie Malkin, Marta Peirano, Zoran Pantelic, Christina Rogers, Jaron Rowan, Nadja Vancauwenberghe. Moderators: Evan Light & Christopher Senf.
Guests: Marit Brademann, Masha Burina, Martin Ciesielski, Iskra Geshoska, Aude Launay, Riho Matsuda, Julia Molin, Sara Moreira, André Rebentisch, Matthew Stender. Moderators: Cassie Thornton & Max Haiven.
Guests: Marc Böhlen, Kerry Bystrom, Laura Burtan, Júlio do Carmo Gomes, Géraldine Delacroix, Alina Floroi, Andrada Fiscutean, Anja Henckel, Paul Hirsch, Heiko Idensen, Aysuda Kölemen, Monisha Caroline Martins, Penelope Papailias, Catherine Sotirakou, Rachel Uwa, Erik Vaněk. Moderators: Claudia Núñez & Cristina Pombo.
Challenging the Capitalocene
Guests: Louise Amoore, Phoebe Braithwaite, Evelina Gambino, Friedrike Haberman, Gosia Jagiello, Katrin Kämpf, Ellen Koenig, Sonja Peteranderl, Rebecca Puchta, Brett Scott, Daniel Staemmler, Teresa M. Stout, Çağrı Tașkın, Elena Veljanovska, Harsha Walia, Anna-Esther Younes. Moderators: Abiol Lual Deng & Ela Kagel.
Hacking the Urban Backend
Guests: Zarinah Agnew, Tekla Aslanishvili, Jose Miguel Calatayud, Adam Kingsmith, Matthew Linares, Juliane Rettschlag, Anouk Ruhaak, Nicolay Spesivtsev, Gabriele Schliwa, Andreas Schneider, Niloufar Vadiati, Jutta Weber, Xin Xin, Dzina Zhuk. Moderators: Nina Pohler & Michael Prinzinger.
Our crowd, our mission
The ZK/U is a laboratory for inter-disciplinary activities centered on the phenomenon of the city. Its work is informed by theoretical and practice-based critiques developed in disciplines such as geography and anthropology. It promotes exchange on global issues in the light of what is happening in one’s own backyard. Working with local and international partners, residencies bring together critical minds at the intersection of artistic production and urban research. Address: Siemensstrasse 27, 10551 Berlin. Look at this map.
The organizer of the conference is Berliner Gazette (BG). As a nonprofit and nonpartisan team of journalists, researchers, artists and coders we analyze and test emerging cultural as well as political practices. For more than 15 years we have been publishing berlinergazette.de under a Creative Commons-License – with more than 900 contributors from all over the world – and also organizing annual conferences and editing books. Mail us your suggestions under: info(at)berlinergazette.de
The conference language is English – after all, people from more than 20 countries are coming together.
Debate online: Essays, interviews and reports covering the most pressing issues of the AMBIENT REVOLTS debate are published in the Berliner Gazette (in German). With contributions by activists, thinkers and artists. Have a look here: berlinergazette.de.