Aesthetic – Responsibility – Drones

Poster: Aesthetic - Responsibility - Drones

Poster: Aesthetic – Responsibility – Drones

2-7th of May 2013, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Weissensee Art Academy Berlin, Gustav-Adolf-Str. 140, 13086 Berlin

Free entry to public events!

An aesthetic of contemporary life breathes new relationships into objects and the objects attached to us change the perspective to it. If for Marshall McLuhan in the 60s the object was an extension of man, for Vilém Flusser in the 80s the man became an extension of the “apparatus.” The roles have been switched literally and physically: since then, the machine is the one who creates and man is the one who serves it. Who in this changing world will be dictating the aims? Who will be responsible if an unmanned vehicle will kill a man?

The Weissensee Art Academy Berlin is hosting Migrating Art Academy’s new laboratory “Aesthetic – Responsibility – Drones.” It will be held at Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz Berlin. Emerging artists and students from any academies are welcome to discuss contemporary aesthetics and its responsibilities within a world related to technology controlled by others and by unknown technology.

The six days long lab will offer discussions on the basis of texts by notable thinkers (a.o. Judith Butler, Christoph Menke), working on aesthetic responsibilities in social gaming and experimenting with print making as well as with specifics in sound and electronics.

The list of contributors to the laboratory includes:
Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths University of London), Hannes Brunner, Hanna Hennenkemper (Weissensee Art Academy Berlin), Derek Holzer, Mindaugas Gapševičius (Migrating Art Academies), Marcus Steinweg, Hubertus von Amelunxen (Braunschweig University of Art), Žilvinas Lilas (Academy of Media Arts Cologne).

Aesthetic – Responsibility – Drones is organised in collaboration with Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association, Weissensee Art Academy Berlin, Vilnius Academy of Arts and Top association in Berlin. The laboratory is partly supported by Lithuanian Culture Support Foundation, Culture Programme 2007-2013, Lifelong Learning Programme and Nordic Culture Point.