Thursday 03 May 2018

16:00 — 18:00

M-Museum (Venue) — Forum

Let’s conjure up the creative and vibrant future city. Imagine new forms of luxury, crypto economics, universal basic income and alternate theories of value. Picking up on the intersection between social and cultural trends, urbanism, technology and design it’s possible to form a new identity. Questioning aspects of identity, control and autonomy in the post-digital age & vectorspace, we invite you to participate in this exploration of the urban future.


Emily Segal DE

One of the most creative people in business that knows everything about future trends.

(Post-)Empire State of Mind

New cultures of extreme wealth disparity typify the lives of many contemporary cities.This talk draws on cultural research from the collective K-HOLE and the think tank Nemesis to gesture toward the forms of subjectivity, psychology and affect emerging from these dynamics. The K-HOLE concept of normcore, a short profile on female subjectivity piloted in Texte zur Kunst in 2017, as well as notes toward a new theory of luxury from Nemesis, are three case studies that will be discussed.

Florian Ortkrass UK

Founder rAndom International

Behavioural Prototyping

One of the founders of the collective Random International, Flo Ortkrass discusses the possible uses of perception, instinct and cognition in the studio’s creation of experimental artworks. The talk will consider such works as Self and Other (2016), which reflects the moving, three-dimensional figure of the onlooker in points of light, and Zoological (2017), a flock of autonomous, flying spheres, which was shown at London’s Roundhouse as part of Wayne McGregor’s +/- Human. Both works are representative of Random International’s aim to prototype possible behavioural environments, to open up individual explorations into how future lived experiences might actually feel.

Kenric McDowell US

head of the Artists & Machine Intelligence program at Google

My Dimensions are Endless: Identity and Control in Vectorspace

Machine Learning systems based on high-dimensional vector math are increasingly used to control our movement and identity in cities and around the world. At the same time, cultural forces reveal new dimensions of expression in social identity. Under a vectorial regime, to thrive means to design ourselves with a deep understanding of these systems, and to design these systems with a deep understanding of ourselves.

Samir Bantal NL

and&'s art curator & director of AMO, the research & design studio of OMA

Marco Bevolo NL