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Alex Adriaansens on Thu, 11 Nov 2004 09:46:15 +0100 (CET)


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[Nettime-nl] DEAF04 sympsoium starts tomorrow!!


TOMORROW FRIDAY and SATURDAY - DEAF04 SYMPOSIUM at the Van Nelle Design 
Factory in  ROTTERDAM
Be there and make your reservations for this unique seession of experts at 
EAF04.


*DEAF04 Symposium - Feelings Are Always Local*
two-day symposium on local systems in a globalizing world

Friday 12 Nov, 10:45-17:00 hrs
Saturday 13 Nov, 10:45-16:00 hrs

Admission: One day:  50,00 /  40,00 (discount). Two days:  80,00 /  
60,00 (discount).
Location: Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek, Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam
Reservation: DEAF04 ticket hotline: +31 (0)10 750 28 90 or <tickets {AT} v2.nl>
http://www.deaf04.nl/symposium

(and if not the symposium take a look at the programmation in general at 
www.deaf.v2.nl )

About the 2 day symposium
According to the current view of the world, the earth has evolved into a 
gigantic complex of economic, biological, cultural, media and transport 
networks. This makes relevant the question of how those networks manifest 
themselves at a local level in everyday life. The networks in question do 
not so much 'influence' daily life; rather, daily life takes place solely 
within those networks.

Just as we experience the activation of neural networks in our brains in 
terms of feelings, in urban life global networks are translated into 
emotions, urges and ambitions. However much those feelings are fed by the 
global networks, the experience of them and the consequences connected to 
them are always local.

In the globalization process, every political and social system everywhere 
in the world is breaking open. Parallel to this, new systems are arising in 
the networks and old ones are taking on new, unforeseen forms. A striking 
example is the self-organizing slums in and around metropolises in 
developing countries, where the majority of the local population often 
lives, neglected by the government. Life in these slums is impossible 
according to every model concerning the odds of human survival in such 
extreme circumstances, and yet they manage. Resistance and imagination are 
just as important in this context as violence and crime.

In the symposium Feelings Are Always Local, we will on the one hand 
investigate how networks organize themselves from the inside out, expand, 
link up, and rearrange themselves. On the other hand, we will investigate 
how people live in networks, how possibilities are created, and things 
sometimes go wrong.

While the first question is scientific in nature - How do networks work? - 
the second is political: How are the networks made manageable on a 
concrete, everyday level?

Lectures by:
* Karim Nader (US), neurologist and connected to the McGill University in 
Canada as a researcher. Nader studies the neurological processes that occur 
when obtaining and storing memories. He has publications in various 
scientific magazines, for example Nature, Neuroscience and Annual Review of 
Psychology.
* Arjen Mulder (NL), biologist and media theorist, who has written several 
books and articles on contemporary media culture and on the relationship 
between technical media, physical experiences and belief systems. His most 
recent work is Understanding Media Theory: Language, Image, Sound, Behavior 
(2004). Arjen Mulder will deliver a lecture on systems, networks, 
interaction and communication, and their importance for the arts.
* Seiko Mikami (J), artist that developed the roject Gravicells in the 
exhibition of DREAF04.
* Tijs Goldschmidt (NL), biologist and author of Darwin's Dreampond: Drama 
in Lake Victoria (1998). He will describe a biological network theory and 
explain how the ecosystem of Lake Victoria, a closed system on an 
evolutionary level, was overturned after a predatory fish was introduced by 
humans.
* Christopher Kelty (US), anthropologist. Kelty researches the mechanism 
that underlies the motives of people that develop software without payment 
that third parties can use free of charge (open source/free software). He 
will also discuss the right of ownership in question and the right of 
ownership of this software.
* Loretta Napoleoni (IT), economist and author of Terror Inc., Tracing the 
Money behind Global Terrorism (2004), in which she exposed the connections 
between the global economical network and terrorism.
* Alex Galloway (US), artist, computer programmer and author of Protocol: 
How Control Exists After Decentralisation (2003). He will discuss the 
protocols that determine how computer networks and biological networks 
function and he describes how this form of distributed exercise of power 
can be used for political resistance.

Moderated by:
* Manuel DeLanda (MX/US), philosopher, filmmaker, media artist, programmer, 
software designer and author of Intensive Science & Virtual Philosophy (2002).

Program:

Friday 12 November

10:45 opening words V2_
10:50 introduction Manuel DeLanda
11:00 lecture Karim Nader
12:00 lecture Arjen Mulder
13:00 lunch break
14:00 lecture Seiko Mikami
15:00 lecture Tijs Goldschmidt
16:00 panel discussion

17:00 end


Saturday 13 November

10:45 opening words Manuel DeLanda
11:00 lecture Christopher Kelty
12:00 lecture Alex Galloway
13:00 lunch break
14:00 lecture Loretta Napoleoni
15:00 panel discussion
16:00 end

V2_, in cooperation with NAi Publishers, will release a publication 
Feelings Are Always Local, accompanying the DEAF04 symposium and the 
festival. Other than festival catalogues, this book features essays from 
the symposium speakers, essays on the exhibition's installations, as well 
as articles by other writers. 
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