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CONFERENCE DAY 1. – Technological Matter and the New State of the Living
November 16, 2012

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International interdisciplinary conference
Maribor, Slovenia, November 16–17, 2012
The showpiece event of the educational program of the SOFT CONTROL project will be an international conference involving theoreticians and artists from Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Russia and Singapore, to be held 16–17 November 2012. Conference participants invited include recognised experts in the field of contemporary art and new technologies, famous artists and philosophers. The conference will place special emphasis on the presentation of new strategies in contemporary technological art and education in the field, as well as practical presentations. 2-day conference consists of 2 thematic sections: “Technological Matter and the New State of the Living” and “The Technological Unconscious as a Medium”. A publication forthcoming in 2013 will sum up the project.

DAY 1: Technological Matter and the New State of the Living
Date: Friday, November 16 (2 p.m.–8 p.m.)
Location: Portal – Valvazorjeva 40, Maribor, Slovenia
Moderator: Dmitry Galkin, Tomsk State University, Russia

The thematic section “Technological Matter and the New State of the Living” is devoted to discussion of the technological unconscious as a physical condition of experience. Can we talk about technology as an autotelic ontological entity that possesses its own materiality and its own reality? Is this technological matter capable of having a structuring influence on human life? Does technology break the rules of the living world, or is it a direct continuation of the development of nature, in which the human is only one of many instruments of self-organization? The participants in our international exhibition “Soft Control,” as well as leading experts in the spheres of art, science, and technology, will attempt to find answers to these questions.

Keynote speakers:
Andrew Pickering, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Stelarc, Brunel University London, UK / University of Western Sydney, Australia

Panel speakers include:
Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, the University of Western Australia
Polona Tratnik, the University of Primorska

Artist presentations:
Leo Peschta (AT), Ursula Damm (DE), Andy Gracie (UK/ES), Bill Vorn (CA), James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau (UK), Polona Tratnik, Miomir Knežević, Marko Strbad and Ajda Marič (SI), Kuda begut sobaki (RU)