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Dialogues for Tomorrow

Discussion Series hosted by Gerald Bast at Café Exchange

To be able to grasp the complexity of today’s societal challenges, we need multiple perspectives and methods.

TOPIC CONTENT:

Dialogues for Tomorrow: The Future of Work

Dialogues for Tomorrow: Transformation or Disruption

Dialogues for Tomorrow: The Future of Art

Dialogues for Tomorrow: The Thirst for Illusion

Dialogues for Tomorrow: The Future of Design

Dialogues for Tomorrow: Renaissance 3.0

Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, invites artists and experts to AIL’s new extension Café Exchange for open inderdisciplinary conversations with the aim to create a better understanding of the present and come up with solutions for the future.

Coming up Fall/Winter 2022:

11 Oct 2022 with Barbara Prainsack*

The Future of Work. The Importance of Redefining Work in the Face of Today’s Technological Revolution / Zukunft der Arbeit. Über die Notwendigkeit der Neudefinition des Begriffs Arbeit in Zeiten der aktuellen technologischen Revolution

9 Nov 2022 with Hanno Rauterberg*

The Future of Art. Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Genetic Engineering: A Threat, Upgrade or the Reinvention of Art? / Zukunft der Kunst. Künstliche Intelligenz, Robotik und Gentechnologie: Gefahr, Bereicherung oder Erneuerung für die Kunst?

23 Nov 2022 with Anab Jain

The Future of Design. Will Technology Fundamentally Change the Societal Role and Occupational Image of Designers?

15 Dec 2022 with Peter Weibel*

Renaissance 3.0. A New Entanglement of Science and Art / Renaissance 3.0. Die neue Verschränkung von Wissenschaft und Kunst

11 Jan 2023 with Sybille Anderl*

Power and Powerlessness of the Scientific System. The Sciences at the Nexus of Exponential Knowledge Accumulation, Fragmentation, Obscurity, Denialism and Mounting Expectations / Macht und Ohnmacht des Wissenschaftssystems. Die Wissenschaften zwischen exponentieller Wissensvermehrung, Fragmentierung, Unübersichtlichkeit, Ablehnung und Erwartungsdruck

* This talk will be held in German.

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11 Oct 2022, 19:00

Dialogues for Tomorrow: The Future of Work

The Importance of Redefining Work in the Face of Today’s Technological Revolution

Gerald Bast in conversation with Barbara Prainsack / Zukunft der Arbeit. Über die Notwendig der Neudefinition des Begriffs Arbeit in Zeiten der aktuellen technologischen Revolution – Please note: This Talk will be held in German

To be able to grasp the complexity of today’s societal challenges, we need multiple perspectives and methods. A critical approach to the present requires more than a singular perspective, it needs the interdisciplinary approach of artistic and scientific research to create a better understanding and come up with solutions for the future.

Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, invites artists and experts to the new Café Exchange for an open discussion series. The interdisciplinary conversations will cover topics from the field of art, science, culture, technology and politics and give audiences a chance to join the discussion.

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Barbara Prainsack

is a professor and Head of Department at the Department of Political Science at the University Vienna, where she also directs the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS), and the interdisciplinary Research Platform Governance of Digital Practices.

Her work explores the social, ethical, and regulatory dimensions of genetic and data-driven practices and technologies in biomedicine and forensics. She holds honorary positions at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney, at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London, at the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRE), University of Montreal, Canada, and at the Centre for Health, Law, and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX) at the University of Oxford.

Her latest books are: Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21st Century? (New York University Press, 2017), and The Pandemic Within: Policy Making for a Better World (with H. Wagenaar, Policy Press, 2021).

Barbara is also involved in policy-related work, e.g. as a member of the Austrian National Bioethics Commission, and as Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies which advises the European Commission.

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Dialogues for Tomorrow: Transformation or Disruption

Societies in Need of Change. Discussion (in German) at Café Exchange from June 2022

Gerald Bast in Conversation (in German) with Philipp Blom

Philipp Blom was born in Hamburg in 1970. After living and working in Oxford, London, and Paris, he is now based in Vienna. His historical works, essays, and novels have been translated into 16 languages and have received numerous awards, including a scholarship at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and the German Non-Fiction Book Prize. Blom is also a prolific radio journalist and public speaker. Among his most recent German and English publications are: Diebe des Lichts, Karl Blessing 2021; Das große Welttheater, Zsolnay 2019; Eine italienische Reise, Hanser 2018; Was auf dem Spiel steht, Hanser 2017; Die Welt aus den Angeln, Hanser 2017 / Nature’s Mutiny; Bei Sturm am Meer, Zsolnay 2016; Die zerrissenen Jahre. 1918–1938, Hanser 2014; Böse Philosophen. Ein Salon in Paris und das vergessene Erbe der Aufklärung, Hanser 2011 / A Wicked Company; Der taumelnde Kontinent. Europa 1900–1914, Hanser 2009 / The Vertigo Years - Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914

About the event series:

In 2022, Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, will invite artists and experts to the new Café Exchange at Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab. The interdisciplinary conversations will cover topics from the field of art, science, culture, technology and politics and give audiences a chance to join the discussion.

A critical approach to the present requires more than a singular perspective, it needs the interdisciplinary approach of artistic and scientific research to create a better understanding and to come up with solutions for the future.

Moderation: Elisabeth Falkensteiner, Head of AIL

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09 Nov 2022, 19:00

Dialogues for Tomorrow: The Future of Art

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Genetic Engineering: A Threat, Upgrade or the Reinvention of Art?

Gerald Bast in conversation with Hanno Rauterberg / Zukunft der Kunst. Künstliche Intelligenz, Robotik und Gentechnologie: Gefahr, Bereicherung oder Erneuerung für die Kunst? – Please note: this talk will be held in German

To be able to grasp the complexity of today’s societal challenges, we need multiple perspectives and methods. A critical approach to the present requires more than a singular perspective, it needs the interdisciplinary approach of artistic and scientific research to create a better understanding and come up with solutions for the future.

About the discussion series Dialogues for Tomorrow:

Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, invites artists and experts to the new Café Exchange. The interdisciplinary conversations will cover topics from the field of art, science, culture, technology and politics and give audiences a chance to join the discussion.

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Hanno Rauterberg born in Celle in 1967, is deputy head of the feature section of DIE ZEIT and writes primarily about art, architecture and urban planning. He holds a doctorate in art history and is a graduate of the Henri Nannen School of Journalism. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg.

Most recently published: The Art of the Future. On the Dream of the Creative Machine (Suhrkamp), Wie frei ist die Kunst? The New Culture War and the Crisis of Liberalism (Suhrkamp), Art and the Good Life. On the Ethics of Aesthetics (Suhrkamp).

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Dialogues for Tomorrow: The Thirst for Illusion

Start of the Discussion Series at Café Exchange from May 2022

Gerald Bast in Conversation (in English) with Ina Conradi and Mark Chavez

Artistic duo Ina Conradi (US, SG) and Mark Chavez (US, SG), based in Singapore and Los Angeles, have collaborated on numerous art and new media projects for the past 20 years. They both hold a Master's of Fine Arts Degree from UCLA. Ina has been an Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (2007 till present), living and working in Singapore since 2005. Mark is an award-winning animator, artist, educator and entrepreneur who has developed animation systems and techniques for many different media. Ina and Mark started their ongoing public art project Media Art Nexus (MAN) at Nanyang Technological University Singapore in 2016. This curatorial and educational initiative has connected students, emerging and established artists and academics globally with international cultural institutions.

About the event series:

In 2022, Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, will invite artists and experts to the new Café Exchange at Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab. The interdisciplinary conversations will cover topics from the field of art, science, culture, technology and politics and give audiences a chance to join the discussion.

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23 Nov 2022, 19:00

Dialogues for Tomorrow: The Future of Design

Will Technology Fundamentally Change the Societal Role and Occupational Image of Designers?

Gerald Bast in conversation with Anab Jain / Please note: this talk will be held in English

To be able to grasp the complexity of today’s societal challenges, we need multiple perspectives and methods. A critical approach to the present requires more than a singular perspective, it needs the interdisciplinary approach of artistic and scientific research to create a better understanding and come up with solutions for the future.

About the discussion series Dialogues for Tomorrow:

Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, invites artists and experts to the new Café Exchange. The interdisciplinary conversations will cover topics from the field of art, science, culture, technology and politics and give audiences a chance to join the discussion.

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A designer, filmmaker, futurist and educator, Anab Jain grew up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, within the entangled postcolonial landscapes of a fast-growing nation. Through a series of planned and unplanned circumstances, she has made London her home. Although the idea of a ‘home’ remains as expansive as our hearts and minds.

In 2009, Anab, with Jon Ardern, co-founded Superflux, to foreground the practices of speculative design, critical foresight, design fiction and experiential futures as an integral strategy for businesses, governments, foundations and NFP organisations wishing to navigate deep uncertainty. In their 13th year, Superflux has received the Design Studio of the Year Award in in recognition of our ‘contribution to the fields of speculative and futures design with a committed social mission.’ Clients and commissioners include Google AI, DeepMind, Omidyar Foundation, the Cabinet Office, IKEA, UN Development Program and the Government of UAE.

Anab serves as Professor of Design Investigations at University of Applied Arts Vienna, where her pedagogical approach is to instill a culture of radical enquiry in young designers as they explore their changing roles in a complex and uncertain world. The program builds on its history of industrial design, but now encompases speculative, experience and futures design to catalyse critical thinking and transformative action towards a more hopeful and humane future.

Recently Anab was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts, London, and is also the recipient of the Award of Excellence ICSID, UNESCO Digital Arts Award, and Grand Prix Geneva Human Rights Festival, as well as awards from Apple and the UK Government’s Innovation Department. She has delivered plenary lectures and keynote presentations at numerous conferences such as SKOLL World Forum and TED Vancouver and exhibited Superflux’s work at MoMA New York, V&A Museum, Vitra Design Museum, Design Museum London, Venice Biennale, Museum of the Future, Dubai and the National Museum of China amongst others.

Photo: Mark Cocksedge

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15 Dec 2022, 19:00

Dialogues for Tomorrow: Renaissance 3.0

A New Entanglement of Science and Art

Gerald Bast in conversation with Peter Weibel – Please note: this talk will be held in German

To be able to grasp the complexity of today’s societal challenges, we need multiple perspectives and methods. A critical approach to the present requires more than a singular perspective, it needs the interdisciplinary approach of artistic and scientific research to create a better understanding and come up with solutions for the future.

About the discussion series Dialogues for Tomorrow:

Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, invites artists and experts to the new Café Exchange. The interdisciplinary conversations will cover topics from the field of art, science, culture, technology and politics and give audiences a chance to join the discussion.

Image by © Peter Weibel, Credit: Uli Deck

Peter Weibel studied literature, medicine, logic, philosophy, and film in Paris and Vienna. He became a central figure in European media art on account of his various activities as artist, media theorist, curator, and as a nomad between art and science. Since 1999, Peter Weibel is Chairman and CEO of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, and since 2017 director of the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Cultures at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.