online via Zoom // Princeton, NJ (US)

The Automated Condition. Manifestations and Narratives in Art, Literature and Culture

Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the Department of German, Princeton University in collaboration with the FWF-funded project "Co-operative Art Techniques" at the Center for Cultural Studies, University of Graz, part of the DFG-group "Dimensions of techne in the Fine Arts"

Driverless cars, social credit systems, or Twitter poetry bots: our increasingly technologically optimized and algorithmically organized existence informs an automated condition, in which spontaneity, ingenuity, and exceptionality are re-defined through the standardization of processes of labor, production, and consumption. Moving within a variety of manifestations and narratives, this interdisciplinary graduate conference wishes to both connect and cross-pollinate historical case studies on automation with theoretical perspectives on the conditions it produces. Collectively, literature, art, and culture can provide vital points of entry into the interrogation of life in the automated condition, question whether it is truly a fatal form of passivity, and offer a nuanced and holistic understanding of its promises and possibilities.

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veröffentlicht am: 19.04.2022