Inclinations #15: Tecologies and Machinoiserie
Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:30PM, 2014
Or Gallery Berlin is pleased to present Paul Feigelfeld in Tecologies and Machinoiserie, for our speaker series Inclinations, hosted by Patricia Reed.
Ecologies, geologies, climate, and a natural philosophy of technology define the discourses which fathom post digital cultures. In my brief talk, I will try to produce a variety of vestiges of this movement of organic and organologic thinking, emerging from China in the 17th century, riddling G.W. Leibniz’s symbolic and logic systems and early ideas of organic networks and computability during the Baroque, going underground, four-dimensional and paranormal in the 18th and 19th century, and re-emerging in the proto-cybernetic circuits and natural philosophies of a younger Norbert Wiener in China in 1930. The convergence points of nature and technology, questions of synthetic biology and ecological consciousness can be discussed against this unstable background.
Paul Feigelfeld is the academic coordinator of the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He studied Cultural Studies and Computer Science at Humboldt University in Berlin. From 2004 to 2011 he worked for Friedrich Kittler and is one of the editors of his collected works, focussing on source code. From 2010 to 2013 he was a researcher at Humboldt’s Institute for Media Theories and is now undertaking his PhD entitled “The Great Loop Forward: Incompleteness and Media between China and the West”. His writing appears in publications such as 032c,
The presentation of work revolves around the posing of a question that is the thrust of a guest’s activities. It goes without saying that questions may not be answered, but are grappled with in their unresolvability. An inclination is the force of attraction to a question (without a straightforward response), yet also to each other, as a community who partakes in a common quest(ion).
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