KISDtalk: "Debunking Naturalness: Wetware Art and Greenness Studies"
KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design , 24. Oktober 2017
Dr. Jens Hauser in this public lecture will discuss art forms that employ biotechnologies and will shed light on the manifold concepts of "green" as a color, idea, and ideology.
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KISDtalk: "Debunking Naturalness: Wetware Art and Greenness Studies"KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design
- 24. Oktober 2017
- 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr
KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Cologne
KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design
Dr. Jens Hauser, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and Medical Museion/Faculty of Health Sciences University of Copenhagen
KISD – Köln International School of Design
In their technical nature, humans tend to culturally hyper-compensate for what they feel they have lost. This media archaeological talk with Dr. Jens Hauser discusses two case studies.
The first concerns contemporary art forms that employ biotechnologies in actual practice. Paradoxically, they emphasize both their ‘aliveness’ and authenticity on the one hand, and their explicit technicity and artificiality on the other.
Therefore, the terms ‘life’ and ‘nature’ – both terms only putatively non-technological, need to be disentangled. We encounter a similar problem with the culturally pervasive greenness trope: aliveness and greenness are linked through ‘biofacticity’, the idea of biological artifacts that at the same time grow and indeed are technically constructed from the beginning – the concepts ‘green’ and ‘nature’ need to be uncoupled as well. ‘Green’, symbolically often associated with the ‘natural’, will be addressed as the most anthropocentric of all colors, crucial in human self-understanding beyond color, as percept, medium, material biological agency, semantic construct, and ideology.
Jens Hauser is a Copenhagen- and Paris-based media studies scholar and art curator focusing on the interactions between art and technology. He holds a dual research position at both the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, and directs the (OU)VERT research center for Greenness Studies.
The talk will be held in English language.
The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an openminded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The talks always take place on the specified dates, mostly on a Tuesday, at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD. The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.