"Homo Digitalis: The Digital Man. Digital revolution." A lecture by Andrey Velikanov

Lecture Cycle. Homo Mutabilis: The Man Who Changes the World, Ideas that Change the Man.
21 April 2019
17:00–20:00

DESCRIPTION

The lecture is dedicated to the role of digital technologies in human life.

Blaise Pascal invented the first mechanical calculator in the seventeenth century. In the 1940s, Alan Turing created a universal discrete machine that would become the prototype of modern computers. Digital technologies have since acquired enormous importance in our life. But what is the electronic environment today: is it an incredible expansion of human abilities—or an autonomous self-developing reality? This question became the core of the argument between two philosophers, Friedrich Kittler and Marchall McLuhan.

“We are very well aware that this machine doesn't think. We made the machine, and it thinks what it has been told to think. But if the machine doesn't think, it is obvious that we don't think either when we are performing an operation. We follow the very same procedures as the machine.”

(Jacques Lacan. Psychoanalysis and Cybernetics, or On the Nature of Language. 1955)

ABOUT THE LECTURER

Andrey Velikanov is a philosopher, art theorist, and artist. His publications on art and cultural theory include Am I a Trembling Simulacrum, or Do I Have the Right? (NLO, 2007). He has taught at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian State University for the Humanities, UNIC Institute, Wordshop Communications Academy, Moscow 1905 Art Academy, MediaArtLab Open School, Center of Avant-Garde at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and Free Workshops Art School, and regularly gives talks and takes part in discussions at various venues. He is also a recipient of several media art awards and prizes including Ostranenie (Germany), DADANET (Russia), Art on the Net (Japan), TrashArt (Russia), Southwest Interactive Festival (U.S.A.), and Split (Croatia).

HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission

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