Thursday April 18th, 2019

After Agency

international conference open call
After Agency

AFTER AGENCY / international conference open call

12-14 November 2019 / Poznan, Poland

 

Organization:

Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center

Adam Mickiewicz University

Poznan, Poland

www.artandsciencestudies.com

 

Venue:

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center: Coworking Lab

Zwierzyniecka Street 20, Poznan

 

‘After Agency’ is a provocation. It seems that agency might be in trouble – what we think of it, what we make of it, what and who has it and what emerges in its unfolding or de-folding. Scholars have informed us of the more-than-human agencies of emergent worlds (Haraway, 2008; Tsing, 2015; Kirsky, 2015; Kohn, 2013) and the speculative becomings of/with agencies that alter the possibility of worlds (Morton, 2013; Taussig, 2018; Murphy, 2017; Weizman, 2012; Barad, 2007) in the context of capitalist violence, anthropogenic toxicities and the timely matter of life itself.

‘Agency’ and the collective sensibility of agency inform the practice of research, knowledge production, methodologies and methods of situated thinking with the world at large. The posthuman and ontological turn in the wake of the Anthropocene (Braidotti, 2013; Wark, 2015; Chandler, 2018; Castro, 2009; Escobar, 2018) offers a certain opportunity to push further, conceptual questionings of what is conventionally thought of as agency. Attuned to the situatedness of each of our many political encounters – we notice the spectre of financial violence, white supremacy and capitalist injustice wound up in the figuring of our presumed times “after agency.” Does this not then call for a reimagining of our methods and methodologies?

Guided by three web interventions by McKenzie Wark, Rosi Braidotti and Peter Kahn, this international conference situated at the Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center in Poznan, Poland calls on participants (academics, artists, performers, activists, readers and writers) to join us at the confluence of three streams discussing: Resistance, Speculation, and Adaptation in these troubled times of agency.

Stream #1 Resistance

What characterizes academic labor in the contemporary moment is a severance between scholarly research and ‘on the ground’ strategies of resistance. There are, of course, some exceptions. McKenzie Wark’s Molecular Red, for one, strikes a call to develop poetic forms of knowledge production which can provide new strategies of living in the capitalocene. This workshop stream responds obliquely to Wark’s call and organizes itself around the concept of resistance and the knowledge economies that undergird our understanding of agential power. Given the rise of algorithmic governance (the cybernetic hypothesis) and the generational violence of deep-time environmental destruction (the anthropocene hypothesis), we must move beyond a mere description of the situation we find ourselves in and ask – what tools are available to us? What techniques and practices of resistance can we call upon that are still viable? And how can we recognize when resistance itself becomes a hubristic normative reproduction at best, and at worst – a ‘disruptive’ capitalist ethos?

This stream welcomes experimental yet pragmatic approaches to strategies of resistance. No site of knowledge production will be privileged. We will think pragmatically about revolutionary practices that oppose traditional concepts of liberal solutionism. Whether our strategies of resistance begin in the fields of art, economics, science, or social organizing, we will be unabashedly antagonistic and (anti)political in our aims. We welcome presentations that engage emerging political technologies, social movements, philosophies of living, and artistic refusals of all sorts. Our goal is to think through resistance as a way to de-naturalize the world and to destroy that which destroys us.

Stream #2 Speculation

The idea of speculation requires an agential and compositional inquiry. Speculation seems to form and ingrain worlds, in turbulence and beyond. Speculative acts in art, finance, knowledge production and a range of interacting and intra-acting world-making disciplines, imply becomings. Drawing from Rosi Braidotti’s notion of the posthuman and a posthuman humanities, this stream invites a conversation on speculating-with and thinking of speculation in the context of affirming bonds “that locates the subject in the flow of relations with multiple others” (Braidotti 2016, 99). What circulations can a speculative posthuman ethics speak to? What are some of the implications of this thinking on our collective practices? What are some of the challenges of this agenda? How do situated stories and ontologies speak to the project?

Recognizing the need for a more-than-human circulation in the posthuman circulation of stories, this stream is keen for a situated engagement with the HAT Research Center as a situated site of material and discourse – re-forming, re-thinking and speculating with the living, in finding allies in these precarious airs and times. We desire speculation in decolonial terms. We seek speculative assistance in-trouble and we intend on gathering a conversation on our research and practice to ask where could these speculations go?

Stream #3 Adaptation

The concept of adaptation is crucial in considering the increasing technological impact on “nature” and evolutionary changes in human behaviour. For many scientists, such as the psychologist Peter Kahn, adaptation describes an organism’s adjustment to its environment (Kahn, 2011). Thus, adaptation is not in itself normative; it is a mostly multilayered and a multidirectional set of actions. What Kahn stresses in his analysis is that the inalienable element of adaptive processes is harm. He demarcates two types of harm: direct harm, and the harm of unfulfilled flourishing. In this stream, we would like to discuss unintentional harm in the broader problematics of agential adaptation. Indirect forms of harm should push us toward re-contextualizing human and nonhuman agencies inscribed in the Anthropocene (with all the different terminological options, such as the Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene etc.). We are also interested in refiguring the common perception of the supposed ‘nonagentiality’ of human and nonhuman forces, asking about harm in post- and de-colonial research and in necropolitics (A. Mbembe 2003, 2016). From the perspective of social changes and new policies, we are going to discuss to what extent harm could be seen as a necessary and controlled condition for resilient and adaptive societies on both the local and global scale?

 

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 30 MAY 2019 16 JUNE 2019

Abstract acceptance notification: 30 JUNE 2019 14 JULY 2019

Conference date:12-14 NOVEMBER 2019

Full paper submission deadline: 15 DECEMBER 2019

 

Abstract submission:

All abstracts should be submitted using the EasyChair system. Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aa19

The length of the abstract must be between 300 and 500 words (excluding title, keywords and references). All the abstracts/proposals will be peer-reviewed by two external reviewers. Please state in the abstract precisely the form of presentation and the title of the stream you are going to submit the presentation.

Presentations delivered during the conference should not be longer than 20 minutes.

There is no conference fee for the speakers. We will also be able to offer accommodation (12-14 November 2019) for the speakers; coffee and lunch during the conference days.

There will be a monograph published after the conference, with selected papers post peer review.

 

Organising Committee:

Agnieszka Jelewska, Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center, Adam Mickiewicz University

e-mail: jelewska@amu.edu.pl

Michał Krawczak, Humanities/Art/Technology Research Center, Adam Mickiewicz University

e-mail: michal.krawczak@amu.edu.pl

Harshavardhan Bhat, University of Westminster

e-mail: harsh.s.bhat@gmail.com

Brett Zehner, Brown University 

e-mail: brett_zehner@brown.edu

Monday January 7th, 2019

MEDIATED ENVIRONMENTS: open call

grant / research team / open call
MEDIATED ENVIRONMENTS: open call

Sorry, this entry is only available in Polish.

Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

We are a member of Leonardo/ISAST

HAT Research Center has become a member of The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
We are a member of Leonardo/ISAST

We would like to share with you great news: HAT Research Center has become a Leonardo Affiliate Member.

Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) is a nonprofit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through our programs, which focus on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. From its beginnings, Leonardo has served as THE virtual community for networking, resource-sharing, disseminating best practices, supporting research and offering events in art/science/technology.

Leonardo serves as a critical content provider through our publications, which include scholarly journals and books published by The MIT Press (Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac and the Leonardo Book Series), as well as ARTECA, our latest joint digital publishing project with The MIT Press.

The journal Leonardo was founded in 1968 in Paris by kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina. Malina saw the need for a journal that would serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. After the death of Frank Malina in 1981 and under the leadership of his son, Roger F. Malina, Leonardo moved to San Francisco, California, as the flagship journal of the newly founded nonprofit organization Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST). Leonardo/ISAST has grown along with its community and today is the leading organization for artists, scientists and others interested in the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts and music. (from Leonardo website)

more about Leonardo/ISAST here.

Saturday November 4th, 2017

Science as art theory, art as scientific practice

open lecture by prof. Agnieszka Jelewska and dr. Michal Krawczak
Science as art theory, art as scientific practice

You are invited to an open lecture “Science as art theory, art as scientific practice” by Agnieszka Jelewska and Michal Krawczak at Zacheta, National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, multimedia room (entrance from Burschego street).

9th November 2017, 18:00

Wednesday May 24th, 2017

Future is Now, that’s why there will be no future.

open lecture by prof. Agnieszka Jelewska
Future is Now, that’s why there will be no future.

Join us for an open lecture titled Future is Now, that’s why there will be no future by HAT Research Center’s director prof. Agnieszka Jelewska. 1st June, 18.45, Sala Sniadeckich, Collegium Maius, Adam Mickieiwcz University.

no future 2

Monday May 1st, 2017

OPEN CALL: technological lab: Hyperobjects

OPEN CALL: technological lab: Hyperobjects

HAT Research Center, Movements Factory Foundation and the Polish Dance Theatre are announcing an open call to participate in creative technological lab lead by prof. Agnieszka Jelewska and dr. Michał Krawczak.

Applications are accepted between 15.05. and 26.06.2017

The labs will be held between 14.08. and 19.08.2017 at the Polish Dance Theatre, Kozia 4 / Poznań and at the Adam Mickiewicz University / Poznań

How do I take part in the labs?
All you need to do is to apply by emailing a.krolica@ptt-poznan.pl. Those selected to apply will be notified by email by 1 July 2017. The labs are free as long as the participant is present at all the sessions (a 100 PLN fee is charged but is returned upon completion of the lab as long as the participant has attended all sessions).

What should I include in my application?
The application should include a covering letter, a CV, and information about the expectations of the applicant.

What is a creative lab? 
Creative labs are based on process work in integrated transdisciplinary artistic activities. We envisage the labs as a space to acquire new competences, to pursue artistic explorations, to gain new skills and knowledge. This project is an attempt to open up to a new model of the functioning of culture, where shared practice is often research and/or lab work.

What are main topics of technological lab:

molecular aesthetics and sound ecology //psychobiology and biocommunication // hyperobjects theory

 

Wednesday November 18th, 2015

Art as Laboratory of New Society

open lecture

art as laboratory lecture

You are invited to an open lecture “Art as Laboratory of New Society” by Agnieszka Jelewska and Michal Krawczak at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and Emerson College (Boston, MA).

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), 3:00 pm

Emerson College (Boston, MA), 4:00 pm

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Open lectures will be also a presentation of the project founded by Polish National Science Center / project no. UMO-2014/13/B/HS2/00508 /

Monday September 14th, 2015

Post-Apocalypsis in Wroclaw

interactive installation / Gold Medal / PQ2015

post-apocalypsis baner-01

An installation Post-Apocalypsis the winner of the Gold Medal in the National Exhibition Section at the 13th Prague Quadriennale will be presented in Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw.

Wed–Mon 16–21 September 2015

Laboratory Theatre Space
Admission free
The installation will be open daily from 11am to 5pm.

http://www.grotowski-institute.art.pl

Curator Agnieska Jelewska

Experience designer Michał Krawczak
Sound designer
 Rafał Zapała
Interaction designer Paweł Janicki
Interactive system engineer
 Michał Cichy
Space design Jerzy Gurawski and ARPA (Jerzy Gurawski’s architecture studio)
Executive producer Anna Galas-Kosil (Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute)
Co-ordinator Edyta Zielnik (Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute)

Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

Gold Medal PQ2015 for Post-Apocalypsis

gold medal / PQ2015 / sound design

The Polish national exhibition Post-Apocalypsis curated by Agnieszka Jelewska has been awarded the Gold Medal of the 13th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space festival.

The Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Sound Design went to the Polish team for its project Post-Apocalypsis, which the jury appreciated for its clever use of sound – the sensitive and interactive sound design reflects contemporary ideas relating to the relationship between man, nature and technology as part of a hybrid communications system.

postapocalypsis gold medal

Before Post-Apocalypsis’ success, works by Polish artists had been awarded gold at the Prague Quadrennial only three times. In 1967, the award was given to Andrzej Kreutz Majewski, 4 years later Jerzy Gurawski, Józef Szajna, Leokadia Serafinowicz and Zofia Wierchowicz. The last Polish representatives to be presented with the Gold Medal were Jan Berdyszak, Adam Kilian, Kazimierz Mikulski, Zofia Pietrusińska, Leokadia Serafinowicz, Zygmunt Smandzik, Zofia Stanisławska-Howrukowa and Jerzy Zitzman in 1979.

http://www.pq.cz/en/news/2015/6/23/prague-quadrennial-2015-awards

Sunday November 9th, 2014

Emotional Urban Weather

workshop

Next week (14-15.11.2014) dr. Agnieszka Jelewska and dr. Michal Krawczak will lead workshop “Emotional Urban Weather” for artists and researchers in Theatre Institute in Warsaw. Project is a part of program: Shared Space: Music, Weather, Politics 2013-1016 //PQ 2015

more info about workshops: here

Thursday October 9th, 2014

post-technological experiences

international conference /23.10-27.10.2014/
post-technological experiences

Sorry, this entry is only available in Polish.