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Napon -
Institute for flexible cultures and technologies


Event type: Exhibition
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad
Date: 07/11/2013
Curator: Kristian Lukić & Sunčica Pasuljević Kandić

Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina

Dunavska 37





7th – 28th November






Darija Medić SRB

Emilio Vavarella IT

Geraldine Juarez SE

Heath Bunting UK

Jan Lemitz DE

Joana Mol ES

Les Mislerebles SRB

Matthias Tarasiewicz AT

Shinseungback Kimyonghun KR

Stevan Kojić SRB

Wonbin Yang USA

Zvonko Gorečan SRB



Exhibition concept  & Curators:



Kristian Lukić and Sunčica Pasuljević Kandić



Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – Napon invites you to the opening of the exhibition “Autonomies” on 7th of November at 19h in Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina.



The exhibition Autonomies questions complex relations between technological development and ecosystem through artistic research. The concept “autonomy” in this context primarily means autonomy in the sphere of automatization and the levels of independence of algorithms and hardware bases. The concept of machinic autonomies is inevitably followed by the questioning of the human position in a mechanized ecosystem, human autonomies and cybernetic feedback loops.



Technological development based on machine autonomy produced enthusiasm and fears, it is an emotional and theoretical battleground that endures to the present day. In parallel with these technical challenges, there is questioning of the independence of the autonomic system, its ethical position towards human, and its capacity to learn and improve. Regarding the relationship between society and technology, the concept of autonomy is most easily defined as a certain type of independence from management and, ultimately, independence from control. Transferring some crucial social, cognitive, and biological processes to machine intelligence resulted in evident concerns for many people that such a scenario could take away the human decision making processes which once defined him/her as a social being.



The efforts to make machines more independent from the environment, with the possibility of independent action in relation to man, have produced an increase in efficiency, human emancipation from alienating serial production (manufacturing, or later fordist), technological unemployment, and entirely new areas of ecological risks.



The question of machinic autonomies is filled with contemporary mythologies and realities. On one side there is a certain mystification of the algorithmic actor and the operations it executes in complex everyday operations, and on the other, a hesitation in society to confront the realities of an algorithmic ecosystem and its real world impact. In the world of financial algorithms this impact is maybe the most visible, although the very process of financial algorithmic operations is far from transparent.



The art works in the exhibition are chosen from those applied to call for works. They are mostly artistic researches of different phenomena such are HFT (high frequency trading), machinic glitches on examples of Google street view or face recognition software. Some works deal with autonomous systems of border monitoring, and some dealing with how to avoid electromagnetic fields. An important part of the exhibition is focused on the relations between ecological and technological, from analyses of big technical systems and their permeation through local ecosystems, towards microecological interventions.



Production: Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – Napon www.napon.org



The exhibition is part of the international project “Techno-ecologies” implemented by the Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies “Napon” (Novi Sad) in partnership with: RIXC (Latvia) Baltan Laboratories (Netherlands), Ars Longa (France) and the Finnish Society BioArt (Finland) and Academy od Arts in Novi Sad.



Support: Program EU Culture, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Institute for Culture of Vojvodina