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Liminal 2017-11-09T17:04:26+00:00

Liminal is a Bucharest-based festival and year-round project of ideas and experiences to inspire and engage people to evaluate the role and impact of technological advancement over their lives.

This year’s theme is The Good Life and in this edition we investigate, across three main events, an exhibition, a night of talks and a hackathon, how technology is reconfiguring our ideas about what it means to be human, live well and do good.

Will the future be better or worse because of technology and how is this interaction framing our reality? Should machines be regarded as mere instruments serving human creativity, or as equal collaborators? What vision of the good life compels us and how can we commit to it for a better future? A series of contemporary artists, technologists, and thinkers will attempt to formulate a response and encourage debate about issues that matter now and in the future.

Talks

TALKS

Will the future be better or worse because of technology and how is this changing the nature of our lives? Should machines be regarded as mere instruments serving human creativity, or as equal collaborators? What vision of the good life compels us and how can we commit to it for a better future?

Thursday, November 2  POINT ART HUB

Speakers

ABBY ROSE  Tech for Good Global

Abby Rose is a physicist farmer who thinks ecological farming is the key to a resilient future. Abby started her twenties with a Masters in Physics but found academia too restrictive so took herself on polymath adventures so she could pursue science in other ways. She was one of the co-founders of Tech for Good Global, shining a light on the people and technology making our world better. She quickly transitioned into developing tech for good herself as she realised she could use her tech skills to help independent farmers, starting with her family’s farm at Vidacycle in Chile. Abby developed the Vidacycle tech apps to use on the farm to collect important data out in the field and now they are used by farmers on multiple continents. To support the farming community Abby co-creates an award-winning monthly podcast Farmerama Radio which shares the voices of independent farmers and is part of the OurfieldProject founding team: where 40 people co-farm a field of grain outside of London, so everyone can learn what’s really behind a bag of flour. She believes that through shared experiences like these we can transform the narratives of our food and the earth.

STEFAN TIRON  The Space Agency for Nocturnal Journeys to the Origins of the Universe

Stefan Tiron is an artist living and working between Bucharest and Berlin. He is the founder and co-curator of The Space Agency for Nocturnal Journeys to the Origins of the Universe, a series of art and science wonder-shows taking place in galleries, regional natural history museums, universities, private homes and former clinics. Co-founder of Art‐Leaks, a collective platform initiated by an international group of artists, curators, art historians and intellectuals in response to the abuse of their professional integrity and the open infraction of their labor rights.

MARIA GUTA  Artist and Director of Programming WVRF

Maria Guta was born in Bucharest, Romania, where she made her practice in fields such as visual communication, art direction and fine arts. She moved to Switzerland in 2010 and in 2015 she completed a Master`s degree in Art Direction and Photography at ECAL (Lausanne).

Attracted by identity-related topics, she explores the human desire for cyberself-optimisation and the capacity of building virtual selves as alternative, upgraded identities. Using at first photography as main medium, she often places herself both behind and in front of the camera as a manner of exploring the phenomenon of self-representation today. Seeing it as an extension of both cyberspace and “real” world, her work has opened up to new tools and horizons with VR.

She is currently researching and developing personal projects in virtual reality, while working as Director of Programming for the World VR Forum, an international organisation dedicated to VR/AR and based in Geneva.

RACHEL UWA  School of Machines, Making and Make Believe

School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe was founded by Rachel Uwa. Rachel is an artist, educator, and organiser whose background is in audio engineering and vfx compositing. Over the past 15+ years she’s lived in and organized social justice and tech communities and events big and small. She feels compelled to help bring these two worlds together and make the tech world less daunting and more diverse, inclusive, thoughtful, and fun. Rachel’s biggest desire is to see people living the lives they dream of living rather than the one they feel they ought to. If that dream life is more artistic, creative, socially-engaged, technology-embracing and connects humans to each other and to themselves, well, all the better.

CONSTANTIN VICA  Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest

Constantin Vică is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and researcher at the Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest. His main fields of interest are computer and information ethics, roboethics, philosophy of computer science, social and political philosophy, and the critique of intellectual property. He published several articles and studies on information and ownership, intelligent assistive technologies, online trust, web search engines ethics, digital dialectics, pirate politics, evolution of programming languages, and free software, authorship and intellectual property.

DJ Set

Orbita Lacustra is a collective looking to uncover obscure sounds from the electronic spectrum. Their ongoing research is based around the historical influence of technology on music production, with a focus on forms of mistake, glitch and dissonance as an engine for musical innovation. They recently shared the stage with artists like Chee Shimizu, Vladimir Ivkovic, Young Marco, Don’t DJ and As Longitude

Moderators

IOANA CALEN

Born in 1983, Ioana Calen has a philosophy degree, journalistic experience and a passion for the intersection of art, technology and the world. She is co-founder of Modulab, an all-media trans-disciplinary lab that uses science and technology as semiotic vectors in different contexts such as art, documentary exhibitions and creative industries applications, with special focus on research and development. Since 2012 she curates the activity of the lab which encompases Romanian Stand at Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012, the first interactive installations exhibition in Romania (MNAC, 2013), numerous collaborative and transdisciplinary workshops and exhibitions and world-wide innovations in terms of technological creative applications. She is the founder of Modulab Interaction Series, an annual project that gathers different practices and formats experimenting with art, technology and science and the founder and director of Liminal.

CATALINA BOLOZAN 

Catalina Bolozan is a project curator and content creator, curiously exploring unmapped territories at the intersection of art, science and technology. 

Her passion for transdiciplinarity emerged in London where she lived for several years, cultivating a broad range of artistic pursuits: she was a participant in These associations by Tino Sehgal, at Tate Modern and in Pedro Reyes’s SANATORIUM, at Whitechapel Gallery. She co-curated Inner City Ooz, King Krule and Mistr Gone’s first visual art exhibition and profiled Bryan Ferry for a lifestyle magazine.

Lately her work has focused on researching and documenting artistic frameworks that blur the boundaries between disciplines. Catalina is the curator of this year’s edition of Liminal. 

Exhibition

EXHIBITION

Device art, critical-making projects, art made with code, immersive installations, designed fictions… the projects featured in this exhibition all look into the myriad ways in which technology is reshaping our ideas about the world, analysing and questioning our convoluted relationship to it. 

Opening night – Tuesday, October 31 Palatul Cantacuzino The exhibition will reopen November 6-12

01. Modulab

Modulab is a multi-disciplinary platform that promotes research and development of new means of expressiveness trough technology.

02. Oliviu Lugojan Ghenciu

Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu is Creative Director at Neutral Digital, a leading UK agency that specialises in AR, VR and other immersive interactive solutions. As a leading expert in Timebased Media & Digital Storytelling and following GravityONE, his critically acclaimed Choreography for Militarised Airspace, his work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan and Europe. Trained as an architect, Oliviu runs the AA’s Motion Studio, previously teaching and running workshops in the USA, Canada and Europe. He co-founded and directed ‘UniversalAssemblyUnit’ and ‘CtrlArchDel’ studios.

03. Garnet Hertz

Dr. Garnet Hertz is Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts and is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University. His art and research investigates DIY culture, electronic art and critical design practices. He has shown his work at several notable international venues in fifteen countries including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and DEAF and was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art. He has worked at Art Center College of Design and University of California Irvine. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and popular press on his work has disseminated through 25 countries including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo and CNN Headline News.

04. Alan Brown

Alan Brown is an Edinburgh-based visual artist working with audio, moving image and technology. He create installations and device art which explore themes around communication, control and power. His work is often informed by current news and media.

Much of his practice involves modifying existing objects and technology, such as telephones, bank cards and CCTV, to function in altered or unexpected ways. Interactive elements invite the viewer to playfully engage with the work. By using everyday objects he hopes to raise critical questions about how we use technology, exchange information and relate with one another.

So far his work has been exhibited at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, in the National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery.

05. Nita Mocanu & Marius Stoica

etho.tk is an online project build around the metaphor of the etho-tecture – the well-trodden and worn invisible paths from within the networks of objects, things and beings from which we are part. From this perspective, etho.tk is a sandboxed channel of works and ideas by Marius Stoica and Nita Mocanu. We follow paths at the crossroads of contemporary art (video performance, installation, digital art etc.), contemporary philosophy and technology. etho.tk is open source.

06. Very Very Very Far Away (VVFA)

Very Very Far Away (VVFA) is a public facing research project consisting of a Podcast, a Workshop and a series of special Projects, seeking to re-ignite future ideologies. Its method uses Space Exploration as a lens to examine current ideas and values which may pertain to future societies through technological advances.

Hackaton

HACKATON

Terraforming devices for an extraterrestrial good life.

Terraforming of a planet, moon, or other body is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to the environment of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life.

Best Hack Award: 1000 euro

The winner will be chosen by popular vote on Facebook.

Maximum participants number: 25

Registration deadline: October 20

More details on modulab.ro

REGISTER HERE for the Hackathon