Panel Discussion with Matthias Tarasiewicz (RIAT)
as part of the Papernek Symposium 2017 organized by the Victor Papanek Foundation, Vienna
September 22nd, 2017
Austrian Embassy, London
Questions of design and ethics take on a new currency, form and prescience in a post-industrial, ‘post-truth’ landscape. The technological shifts that have re-organised work through the automation of labour are intimately connected to global social problems relating to immigration, racial and gender politics. New classifications of intelligence, ‘artificial’, ‘alternative’ and ‘false’, are produced and consumed through the design and management of infrastructures of information. Meanwhile, new experts in algorithmic cultures, engineering and synthetic biology pursue the application of these forms of intelligence in medicine, security, health and social care as practical solutions to complex social problems. Design and architecture occupy a powerful and precarious responsibility within this complexity, which goes beyond mere application and facilitation. Chair, Corinna Gardner, Acting Keeper, Design, Architecture and Digital, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Dr Orit Halpern, Associate Professor Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Dr Alison Powell, Assistant Professor and Programme Director of MSc Media and Communication, London School of Economics, London. Matthias Tarasiewicz, New Media Artist and Technology Theorist, Co-Founder of the Research Institute for Arts and Technology, Vienna. Professor Eyal Weizman, Architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and Director of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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