WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND 2017, 6.30 PM
DEAN BURNETT
THE IDIOT BRAIN

They may be the most complex thing known to mankind, but the human brain is still far from perfect. In many ways, it's a victim of its own success. Human intelligence has enabled us to create an advanced and complex society, but our brains are still the same as they were hundreds of thousands of years ago, and often don't know how to deal with the modern world. Things like motion sickness, sleep disorders, unreliable memories and a desperate need for approval, these and more all show that our brain can often be an idiot, and this affects us in every aspect of life".

Dean Burnett is a Doctor of Neuroscience. He teaches at the University of Cardiff and he has a science blog on “The Guardian”. In 2016 he published The Idiot Brain. What Your Head is Really Up To, a celebration of blind spots, blackouts, insomnia and all the other downright laughable things our minds do to us.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST 2017, 6.30 PM
ARMIN LINKE

THE APPEARANCE OF THAT WHICH CANNOT BE SEEN

Armin Linke’s artistic practice is concerned with the interrelations and transformative powers between urban, architectural or spatial functions and the human being’s interacting with these environments. His films and photographs are observations of the human changes to the Earth’s climate, land, oceans and biosphere. "The Appearance of That Which Cannot be Seen" is his recent exhibition in which Armin Linke activates his vast archive by sharing photographs with thinkers from various fields and inviting them to react. Starting from this exhibition he will present different projects and strategies in his film and photography production and distribution and discuss his contents.

Armin Linke is a photographer and filmmaker. He was Research Affiliate at MIT Visual Arts Program, Cambridge, USA, guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice and professor for photography at the University for Arts and Design Karlsruhe (HfG). He lives and works in Berlin. His video Flocking is part of the exhibition “Work in Motion”, currently presented in the MAST PhotoGallery.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH 2017, 6.30 PM
LUCIANO FLORIDI
CLOSE FUTURE: ROBOTS, WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5TH 2017, 6.30 PM
INA BLOM

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF VIDEO.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A MEMORY TECHNOLOGY 

Within the context of early analog video art, video technology presented itself as a quasi-biological life system endowed with particular capacities for sharing the sensations and perceptions of a nature in crisis. Alongside the burgeoning ecological movement of the 1960’s and 70’s, video instigated a distinctly aesthetic mode of political organization that countered traditional deliberative procedures as well as the guerilla tactics of the activist underground. In this lecture Blom will discuss how video, as an ecopolitical agent, thus also came to produce alternative understandings of social memory and collective action.

Ina Blom is a professor of art history at the University of Oslo and visiting professor at the University of Chicago. She recently published The Autobiography of Video. The Life and Times of a Memory Technology.