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"Homo Informaticus: The Informational Man. The Internet. Search Engines. Social Networks." A lecture by Andrey Velikanov

Lecture Cycle. Homo Mutabilis: The Man Who Changes the World, Ideas that Change the Man.
28 April 2019


The lecture will study the role of information technologies in human culture.

Over the past twenty-five years, IT has fundamentally changed the human world. Such colossal advances have perhaps taken place only a few times before—during the Crusades, in the Age of Exploration, and after the invention of the printing press. The advent of the Internet has made possible the creation of a universal information network and new communication principles which protect us from informational unification. Being acentral, the Internet implies the impractibility of the hierarchy of orthodoxical ideologicies, as managing all processes within the network from one command post is impossible by definition. However, attempts to develop local and controlled environments continue to be made.

“Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.”

(Timothy Berners-Lee)


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).


Free admission

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