Modern Body Laboratory #1 – Symposium
Alan Turing: Artificial Intelligence and Immortality
Modern Body Festival invites Stichting ARTEk to present an evening symposium on Alan Turing.
Turing is considered the father of computer science and a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence and encryption. A panel of experts will investigate his immense influence on our way of life, and speculate on the more obscure motivations behind his work and how they relate to ideas on transhumanism, cybersecurity, and gay rights.
Writer Georg Hobmeier will create the libretto based on the symposium discussions, so please join us with your thoughts and questions and become part of the creation process!
Mirjam Van Reisen
Pieter van Engelen
19:10 Keynote: Pieter van Engelen
19:30 Round table discussion with: Bennie Mols, Mirjam van Reisen and Pieter van Engelen. Moderator: Georg Hobmeier.
20:30 Short break for drinks
Georg Hobmeier, born and raised in the Tyrolean Alps, is a mixed media artist and game designer whose work lingers in the borderlands of political communication, performance, digital media and games. After a decade of developing art that was interfacing dance, theatre and technology, he turned his attention to games and interactive storytelling. His debut, the mod „Frontiers“, received extensive media coverage and the Outstanding Artist Award of the Austrian ministry of culture in 2012. In 2014 he founded Causa Creations, a studio dedicated to social awareness and fundraising games, which was awarded the prestigious German “Kreativ- & Kulturpiloten”. He is currently developing a new work with Volkstheater Wien, and an autobiographical game with and about Syrian refugee Abdullah Karam.
Mirjam van Reisen is Professor International Relations, Innovation and Care at Tilburg University and Professor Computing for Society at Leiden Centre for Data Science, at the University of Leiden. Mirjam van Reisen leads the oganisation EEPA in Brussels. She is a member of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs and Chair of the Development Assistance Committee. She is a member of the Board of Philips Foundation, the Dutch Development Organisations (SNV) and Transnational Institute. She received the Golden Image Award in 2012 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
About Modern Body Laboratory
Modern Body Laboratory is a new platform from Modern Body Festival. The events will showcase local makers and explore emerging themes and ideas in preparation for our next biennial edition. This year’s Modern Laboratory themes are:
• Artificial Intelligence as a modern body
• Discovering Post-Relational Aesthetics
More events to follow this winter 2018, so please stay tuned!