Marco Donnarumma, artist, scholar and Research Fellow at Berlin University of the Arts, hosts a one-day symposium investigating the hidden threads across posthuman affect, cognitive robotics, ritual performance and art. Three stakeholders engage in a series of lectures and an ensuing collective conversation so as to offer a transdisciplinary insight into how today's forms of (intelligent?) computation can affect - and be affected by - bodies, machines and the arts. Coupling theory with practice, the event features the exhibition of a prototype for Donnarumma's forthcoming new artwork, an autonomous prosthetic sculpture named Amygdala, as well as a screening documenting the creative process of the artist and his collaborators.
The event is part of Configurations (2016-18), an artistic research project exploring the abject and intimate borders between human and machine through performance, ritual and sound. The project is funded by Graduiertenschule at Berlin U. of the Arts, Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences and Einstein Stiftung Foundation. It is made possible by a partnership with the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory (DE), a collaboration with Ana Rajcevic Studio (DE/UK), and support from Hack the Body, Baltan Laboratories (NL).
Chair for Media Theory / Media Studies, Institute of Arts and Media, Potsdam University, Berlin, and author of the forthcoming Ecology of Affect (Meson Press)
Digital Programmes Manager, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, London
Professor of Digital Systems at the Beuth University of Applied Science, and Head of the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory, Berlin
Detailed program at udk-berlin.de
Salon of Aesthetic Experiments is a collaborative project with the Graduate School at the Berlin Center of Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences at Berlin University of the Arts. The Graduiertenschule is supported by the Einstein Stiftung Berlin.