Three Wednesdays for the Digital Revolution / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Three Wednesdays for the Digital Revolution

Α' Cycle | Talks in the context of the exhibition Digital Revolution

2, 9, 16 December 2015
What are the components of Digital Revolution? How far or near are we to it? These three talks will change your view of technology.
The Onassis Cultural Center organizes three talks in the context of the exhibition Digital Revolution, critically examining technological evolution and the way it has affected our lives.
Three speakers from different disciplines and with different experiences share their knowledge of the emancipatory nature of technology, despite its dominating presence in our lives. They also talk about the importance of securing an open and free participation in technological development, whether these are technologies of surveillance, or the buildings that surround us, or objects that we use.

If interested in attending one or more talks, please send an email to the following address, due to limited availability:

Wednesday 2 December 2015 | 19:00-21:00

Subversive media
James Bridle

Technology cuts both ways. The same systems which are used to obscure and control can also be deployed by artists, activists, and journalists to reveal and democratise. The same networks which surveil and process can also be detourned for sousveillance and derailment.

James Bridle will discuss such technologies, including freedom of information and open source intelligence, in the context of his own work, and the work of others.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 | 19:00-21:00

Radical Frameworks
Theodore Spyropoulos

Architecture today must participate and engage with the information-rich environments that are shaping our lives by constructing behavioural frameworks that will allow for change, embracing an adaptive and participatory model of living. Models of the past cannot operate, as blueprints for our future, when science fiction has become fact; architecture today has to move beyond representation and beyond the fixed and finite tendencies that declare what architecture should be and work towards what it could be.

The lecture will discuss the role of design research within experimental practice examining design frameworks that enable open and evolving interactions. The move examines an architecture that is emotive, life-like and self-structured. Examples of this research developed by the architecture and design studio Minimaforms and the AADRL will serve to express proto-typical examples of this approach.

Conceiving architecture as an ecology of interacting systems moves the fixed and finite tendencies of the past towards spatial environments that are adaptive, emotive and behavioural. Environments within this framework are attempts to construct interaction scenarios that enable agency, curiosity and play, forging intimate exchanges that are participatory, emotive and evolving over time.

Enabled through programmable matter, actuated soft robotics and embedded sensing technologies, behavioural complexity offers new terms of reference for architecture. This architecture will engage us, challenge us and enable new species and taxonomies of proto human-machine ecologies.

Wednesday 16 December 2015 | 19:00-21:00

The Makers' Revolution: A Movement or an Industry?
Irini Papadimitriou

This presentation will explore the background, growth of maker culture and importance of making and technology; it will show how making has made a new turn with technology, and a powerful way for problem-solving through collaboration, sharing and community.

In particular it will focus on makerspaces in the UK as well as organisations supporting such work (ore why they should do) presenting examples of what makers do, innovative work and how makers and the industry come together.