At the Main Conference Venue, Faculty of Chemistry and Physics of Materials.
Opening Keynote - Friedrich Kirschner
The Rhizome as described by Deleuze and Guattari is as old as I am. I only ever lived with complexities and contingencies. Or, as Donna Haraway put it: "Nobody lives everywhere; everybody lives somewhere. Nothing is connected to everything; everything is connected to something."1
In our global and increasingly connected social worlds, the half life of valid knowledge has been dramatically reduced. The linear narrative, the linear argument even, cannot adequately grasp our means of identifying power relations and negotiating cultural values. Dialectic lost its functionality given the multitude of perspectives, and disparity of knowledge represented in the multiple arenas of today’s micro publics.
What is needed is a form of negotiation, a practice of experiencing complexities and contingencies, poking them, playing with them, so that we may develop affective experiences towards it. Experiences that help us to situate them in our everyday. I cannot think of a better place than theater to negotiate these complexities and contingencies together. For theater is an institutionalized place in which every action can be play, every situation can be aestheticized and thus, everything is contingency.
Just like every other public forum - be it the comments section below a newspaper article, a multiplayer game of Fortnite or the answers to a programming question on Stack Overflow, the theatrical stage is situated in the same paradigm shift of re-negotiating power relations, representation of voices and legitimacy of knowledge. Any effort to shield it from our mediated construction of reality, as Nick Couldry and Andreas Hepp would call it, is futile.
It is also counter-productive. I do not want to miss this mediated reality and the knowledge I have accumulated by navigating and interacting in it. I want to see it reflected in all spaces of negotiation, specifically on a theatrical stage. I want to see the cables, the computers, the people pushing buttons in the dark, the code and its resulting structuring forces, the topologies of cause and effect both socially and technologically mediated. And I want to act towards them and experience their acting on me, on others, and their shaping of the aestheticized social space.
We need to apply our ethnographic methods to devise spaces in which participants can become researchers of our shared complexities and contingencies. In which we can speculate and apply the same methodologies that we attribute to knowledge making processes in the sciences. In which we can make sense and experience agency in sense-making. Protected by the make believe of play.
I will illustrate what these spaces can look like based on theatrical experiences that have been devised and performed internationally in theaters as part of my work at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch.
1 Donna J. Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Duke University Press, 2016.
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“Paths to Paradise (with Apologies to André Gorz)"
Bonnie Nardi is Professor (Emer.) in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. An anthropologist, she is interested in social theory, computing and political economy, and social life on the Internet, especially video gaming.
Her most recent book, Heteromation and Other Stories of Computing and Capitalism (co-authored with Hamid Ekbia), was published in 2017 by the MIT Press. Bonnie co-edits the MIT Press Acting with Technology Series (with Kirsten Foot and Victor Kaptelinin). She is a senior editor at the journal Mind, Culture, and Activity, the premier journal of cultural-historical activity theory.
Bonnie is interested in radical approaches to sustainability and is a founding member of the Computing within LIMITS Workshop Series which annually convenes an international group of scholars devoted to understanding how computing can be used for alternative economic systems. She enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren, walking, and learning about permaculture (apples, artichokes, blackberries, and herbs so far).