Fourth Salon Digital

Fourth Salon Digital

Eventseries / 11.04.2017

Lecture / Performance with Christian Faubel.

Subtlety is key - an attempt for a fundamental critique of the digital metaphor

In this lecture performance I will re-stage an experimental observation Christiaan Huygens made in the 17th century on the synchronization of pendulum clocks. I argue that synchronizing pendulums may serve as a model to explain similar phenomena in organisms from synchronizing fireflies to finger tapping coordination and turn taking in human communication. My critique of the digital metaphor builds upon these synchronization phenomena and I claim that the Turing machine comes short in explaining the subtle interactions happening during synchronization. Based on this critique I will start to elaborate an analogue framework that includes synchronization phenomena and also has the potential for algorithmic structures.

11.04.2017, 6 pm
Room 4.15.070, Speicher XI, Bremen


The program for Digital Media at the University of the Arts Bremen is launching a regular series of salon-style gatherings titled “Spectacle: Reenactments in the Arts, Design, Science and Technology.” The events have an open format and provide a forum for experiments, presentations and performances from a range of different fields, but with a common focus on old and new media, as well as technologies. The salon thereby enables a practice of reenactment as a way to make things past and hidden visible, present and also questionable.
Contemporary new technologies and media seem to cover knowledge with complex layers of materials, code/sign systems and history/organization. Reenacting can translate obscured knowledge, ideas and theories into bodies and actions. At the heart of this conceptual approach is a desire to turn past events into present experiences—although the very nature of the past prohibits such an endeavor.
The salon pursues the primary goal of opening closed systems and constructions (black boxes). Global power structures, as well as complex processes in development and production—leading to hermetic constructs—have made it even harder to understand science, economy and contemporary media, as well as new technologies. Recipients therefore tend to mostly grasp only their superficial level. The spectacle is a way to condense actions and processes. Reenactment, on the other hand, builds on repetition and history. But the spectacle is a moment in the here and now where everything flows together and culminates.

Organised by: Andrea Sick, Ralf Baecker und Dennis Paul

Fourth Salon Digital

Room 4.15.070, Speicher XI, Bremen

11. April 2017, 18:00