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Sun 26 Feb

De Brakke Grond

20 / 17,50


Speculative fictions offer a glimpse of futures far beyond what we think we can imagine now, and can provide tools for resistance. On Sunday the conference examines forms of resistance to totalitarian control that we might imagine when we think of the progress of technology and surveillance. What are the strategies of counter-mapping?

10:30 - 12:00

Zach Blas Official literature on biometrics from the UK Home Office defines bio-exempt as those not required to submit biometric data to the government, and specifies that children, amputees with one or no fingers, and diplomats are bio-exempt. The UK Home Office also described bio-exempt as ‘exempt from control.’ In his performative lecture Zach Blas will attempt to understand ‘bio-exempt’ as a paradigmatic descriptor for today's global security regime. Bio-exemption is a mode of biopolitical control: who has the legal right to be exempt from their embodied self and who has the right to remain unmarked, not indexed.

10:30 - 12:00

Pinar Yoldas #syntheticBiology #breastimplants #turboCapitalism #pelagicPlastics #endocrineDisruptors #onlineDating #habitatLoss #serotoninUptakeInhibitors #connectome #highfructoseCornSyrup #CO2emissions #bigData #smallWorld #anti-aging #oilSpill #airPollution #nanoMedicine #bio-accumulation #NASDAQ #reimplementationGeneticDiagnosis #deforestation #carnaphallologocentrism #soilDepletion #climateChange #piratebay #ozonelayerdepletion #collagenInjections #oceanAcidification #cocaColaLight #eco-nihilism #post-humanism #darkEcology #co-evolution #cancerImmunotherapy #technosphere #transfat #intracellularSingleUnit Recording #nationalSecurityAgency #levonorgestrel #oxytocin
Session 7: Speculative Fiction: Radical Figuration for Social Change

13:30 - 15:00

Daniel Rourke, Laurie Penny, Ytasha L. Womack Speculating about the edges of thought or thinking ‘beyond thinking’ might be the most radical possibility of fiction. This kind of storytelling can be an important space for experimentation, where characters and their connected tropes take the form of radical agents for social change.
Session 8: Strategies of counter mapping

16:00 - 17:30

Eyal Weizman, Ingrid Burrington, Jamon Van Den Hoek Maps exist for us to make it easier to navigate the world. They offer us insight and overview. The creation of a map is not only a political but also a powerful act — to chose to look and frame a subject and to apply a specific scope and scale. It means to carve out a point of view and back it up by the settings chosen. However, too often we forget the politics lying at the bedrock of our maps. What perspectives stay hidden underneath the folds of our maps and what maps are missing entirely? Strategies of Counter-Mapping presents three strategies of counter-mapping.
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