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S2 Episode 1

Supra-Citizenship

  1. October 20–21
S2 Episode 2

What is to be done?

  1. October 22–23
S2 Episode 3

MAKING THE BLACK BOX SPEAK

  1. October 24–25
S1

VERMÖGEN

  1. watch the streams of Season 1

The Future of Demonstration is an art series with 2 seasons and 8 episodes that engages with the radical changes we are witnessing today in the ecological, economic, social and cultural spheres.

Based on the leitmotifs VERMÖGEN 2017 and PASSION 2018, the art series explores the technopolitical, pedagogical and aesthetic potentials of demonstration as means to imagine, collect, share and manifest narratives, techniques and affiliations of resistance.

THE APPROACH

Algorithmic automation informs almost every realm of life today. Our reality increasingly coincides with data-driven models applied to anticipate, simulate and escalate that reality. As the language of power turns from representational to performative speech, critical analysis shifts from voicing judgment and dissent to fueling data prognostics and real-time evaluation. Criticism is exploited as a major nutrient of neoliberal disruption schemes and postdemocratic information asymmetries.

The art series challenges the comprehensive models of hypercompetitive simulation by probing the emancipatory potentials of current counter-narratives. We consider scrutinizing the consequences of events, pushing ideas to their extremes, creating intense fabulations of other realities and engaging in renegade agency as artistic devices for transgressing critique towards new forms of insurrection.

The Future of Demonstration brings together artists, activists, architects, filmmakers, theorists, scientists and other experts. In postdisciplinary alliances they prototype infrastructural transformations, cultural intelligence practices, investigative aesthetics, speculative-deviant perceptions, cryptohacks, algo space interventions and other performative tools. Such risk sharing practices offer optionalities that open realities instead of regulatively closing the one, calculated reality.

VERMÖGEN and PASSION are not only our leitmotifs for opposing the pervasive information asymmetry at the core of the proprietary politics of black box power. They also stand for the emancipatory energies of this collective experiment on technopolitical resolution. As such, the art series is an invitation to participants and audience alike to join in making demonstrations that respond to the urgency of the question: "what is do be done?"

The Future of Demonstration Season 2 PASSION 

October 20–25, 2018
VENUE: Atelier Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna
Idea & Artistic Concept: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler
Artistic Directors: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thoman