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Emma O'Hare on Tue, 13 May 2014 15:53:26 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] Dutch Electronic Art Festival Biennale (22-24 May) Programme

Main Location: Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

The DEAF2014 biennale theme is The Progress Trap. Progress has become a
means to an end in itself and has been decoupled from the cultural,
ecological and social advances that it was supposed to help achieve.
However seductive quick gains from technological solutions are, their
temporary victories in the short term may cause much worse and bigger
problems in the long run, luring us into The Progress Trap.

For this 10th edition DEAF2014 has an exciting programme lined up that
addresses the notion of The Progress Trap in many different ways.
Exhibitions, keynotes, seminars, working sessions, evenings of â, films,
performances and a satellite programme invite you to come and explore the
theme The Progress Trap.

DEAF2014s thematic exhibition in Het Nieuwe Instituut addresses the
unsustainable character of our current notion of progress by contrasting
the lure of technology with artistic responses to our techno-centric notion
of progress and attempts to escape the trap it results in. Dark Matter by
Julie Mecoli for instance reminds us of the impermanence of all human
endeavors and Lucas Foglia photographed people living off the grid for his
Natural Order series, have they found a way out?


KEYNOTE RONALD WRIGHT - 22 May 17:00 - 18:00
Drawing on his bestselling book and Massey Lectures A Short History of
Progress, in which he coined the term progress trap, Ronald Wright will
discuss how our modern social and environmental crises stem from patterns
of progress and disaster that are old as civilization itself.

KEYNOTE ALEXA CLAY - 24 May 17:00 - 18:00
In her talk, economic historian Alexa Clay brings attention to misfits in
the black market, underground and fringe economies that actively pose
threats to some of our ideas of progress.
Built on research from her forthcoming book, The Misfit Economy, Alexa will
bring attention to some of the strategies and philosophies operating on the
fringe and ask what we can learn from these outliers to challenge our
current system and thinking.

THE EVENING OF FULLER / MCLUHAN, 23 May 20:00 - 22:00
The ideas of Buckminster Fuller and Marshall McLuhan have had an enormous
influence on how we think about the future and our place in a technological
world. Through a theatrical reproduction of historical lectures some of
their key concepts are projected in the now.

20:00 - 22:00
What would it take to build, operate and live for decades on a starship,
sailing past plantes near and far? DEAF and De Brakke Grond present The
Evening of Angelo Vermeulen. During this evening Vermeulen and his special
guests will examine this ambitious dream from the perspective of
participatory systems, biological factors, design and engineering.

Check out the entire programme and timetable with more workshops, seminars
and performances at deaf.nl.

Emma O'Hare
Researcher / Editor
DEAF | Dutch Electronic Art Festival

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