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New Social Research Lecture Series: Good Life, Governance & Futurity

What is good life? How are its futures imagined? And what have governance and technologies to do with futurity?

The New Social Research programme lecture series focuses on how our lives are governed by different forms of technologies. New and old connections between selves and technologies shape our visions of good life not only in the present but also in the years to come. Technological innovations, such as brain and face imaging tools, genetic manipulation, in vitro fertilization, and self-tracking technologies, affect how people manage their own and others’ health and happiness, and the kind of futures we are building in terms of “good life”. The following events welcome students and researchers to ponder our shared human and more-than-human future.

The seminar series dates are: February 1st, 7th, 11th, 20th and 21st.

Theme 3: Digital Visualities
Guest lecture

Lecture: Deep Images
Guest speaker: Inge Hinterwaldner, Art History, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Starting from early debates that sceptically gathered various arguments targeting and undermining the potential of digital imagery, I propose a shift of attention to something like a ‘deep referentiality’ in programmed applications as well as to imagery found in the depths of various layers in the digital fabric. These images—hidden at first sight—are placed there because there was hope someone would discover them. With this we understand that digital artworks have different ‘sites’ to explore. With multi-scale viewing and post-digital strategies, contemporary projects conquer further aspects of digital imagery, thereby inviting reconsidering traditional understandings, terms, or parameters involved.

Short bio
Inge Hinterwaldner studied Art History, Archaeology and History at the University Innsbruck in Austria. There she wrote her Master’s thesis on artistic commercials commissioned by the Austrian company Humanic, in 2000. In 2009 Inge Hinterwaldner received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Basel with a thesis on interactive computer simulations (The Systemic Image, German: Fink 2010, English: MIT Press 2017). Fellowships and grants allowed her to pursue her research at MECS in Lueneburg (2014), Duke University in Durham (2015), and MIT in Cambridge/MA (2016). 2016–2018 she was a professor for modern and contemporary art in the Department of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since October 2018 Hinterwaldner holds a professorship for art history at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. Her research focuses on interactivity and temporality in the arts, computer-based art and architecture, model theory, and the interdependence between the arts and the sciences since the 19th century. Currently she is writing a book on Fluid Form Conceptions in the kinetic art since the 1960s. She co-edited several volumes, including those addressing medical and scientific visualizations as composites (2006), the relation between image production and modelling practices (2011, 2017), and disposable images (2016).

New Social Research Lecture series

Theme 4: Contested futures of biomedical care
Guest lecture, discussion (day 1)
Wednesday February 20, 2019, 14–16
Researcher workshop (day 2)
Thursday February 21, 2019, 10–16
Venue: LINNA 5014



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