John Gerrard, Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014, 2014. Simulation, artist-designed frameless LED wall, 28 x 24 feet. Courtesy of John Gerrard Studio. © John Gerrard.
Reinventing Horizons & Artificial Cinema
Reinventing Horizons: symposium and book launch
Friday, March 18, 2016, 5–10pm,
Saturday, March 19, 11am–10pm
What can we do within the confines of the present? What are the discursive possibilities and conditions of accelerationism? What are the investments and aspirations for such a language and for such an endeavor?
Conceptualized by Zbyněk Baladrán, Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling and Václav Janoščík, the conference will bring together theorists, artists and organizers who will collaborate and elaborate on their visions in order to discover junctures of overlap for thinking about the emancipatory potentials of the future. The fundamental question underwriting this symposium becomes “what does vision involve?” What lenses are necessary for generating trajectories that unbind us from the fixity of the present and propel us towards new episto-political vectors?
Participants: Jason Adams / Armen Avanessian / Julieta Aranda / Martin Brabec / Marek Hrubec / Victoria Ivanova / Antonia Majaca / Katerina Kolozova / Ana Teixeira Pinto / Patricia Reed / Mohammad Salemy / Nick Srnicek / Tony Yanick
The book includes various texts that engage current forms of discourse and expectation in relation to different conceptions of acceleration, speculation, hyperstition, as well as their critiques from the perspectives of philosophy, politics, art and humanities.
Contributors: Jason Adams / Armen Avanessian / Diann Bauer / Amanda Beech / Martin Brabec / Federica Bueti / Bassam El Baroni / Victoria Ivanova / Antonia Majaca / Luciana Parisi / Patricia Reed / Mohammad Salemy / Nick Srnicek / Peter Wolfendale / Tony Yanick
March 19–May 29, 2016
Opening: Friday, March 18, 8pm
Curated by Mohammad Salemy and a team of researchers from The New Centre for Research & Practice, the exhibition is a large collaborative effort that explores the history of science fiction cinema and its embedded potentials for arriving at a synthesized vision for the future of art. The exhibition traces a trajectory away from Anthropocinema—human centered cinema—towards more open and complex cinematic collaborations between humans and machines. By means of multiple curatorially conceptualized software programs, written and structured in collaboration with Tony Yanick who acts as the project’s algorithm architect, a logical engine automatically composes two single-channel videos using the participants’ research data. These artificially constructed videos are then responded to by the Amsterdam-based painter Sam Samiee.
Curatorial team: Lou Cantor / Manuel Correa / Quinn Dougherty / Jake Hamilton / Zves Konstantinos / Olivia Leiter / Marii Nyröp / Mohammad Salemy / Sam Samiee / Joshua Westerman / Tony Yanick
Sponsored by: display / Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic / City of Prague / The New Centre for Research & Practice