Symposium of DEAF98 about "The Art of the Accident".
The DEAF98 Symposium is a two-day conference that includes lectures by an international panel of artists, theorists, trans-architects and scientists. It initiates a fruitful dialogue about unpredictability and control, perception and construction, non-linearity, dynamic environments, and changing concepts of time and space. Social, political, artistic and architectural discourses intersect on this interdisciplinary discussion platform.
Bart Lootsma (NL) : architectural theorist, historian, writer
Andreas Ruby (D) : architectural critic, theorist and curator
FRIDAY 20 November:
Morning Session: 10:00-13:00 - Marcos Novak (USA): architect, writer - Otto E. Rössler (D): scientist
Afternoon Session: 14:00-18:00 - N. Katherine Hayles (USA): historian - Perry Hoberman (USA): media artist - Greg Lynn (USA): architect, writer
SATURDAY 21 November:
Morning Session: 10:00-13:00 - Lars Spuybroek (NL): architect - Knowbotic Research (D/A): artist group
Afternoon Session: 14:00-18:00 - Brian Massumi (AUS): philosopher, writer - Steve Mann (CND): artist, scientist, philosopher, and inventor - Detlef Linke (D): neurologist
The DEAF98 Symposium deals with the theme of the festival: 'The Art of the Accident'. The concept of the 'accident' is not solely based on the phenomenon that every machine includes its own form of accident. The old distinction between timeless shape and time-dependent processes, between substance and 'accidence', is becoming less distinct in a world of network-technology. This two-day Symposium brings together a number of prominent voices and viewpoints with the goal of initiating a critical investigation of the changes that are occurring to our ideas of subjectivity, community, architecture, and space. It is initiated to bring together members of the transArchitectures-debate with media-artists, whose works deal with problems of non-linear, dynamic environments, and also with philosophers and scientists, who will discuss the cultural and social consequences of the changing concepts of time and space from their point of view.