Fellowtalk: Dr. Ksenia Fedorova (Alexander v. Humboldt-Fellow)

Date(s) - 06/06/2018
18:00 - 20:00

IKB - Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Raum 0.12
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Dr. Ksenia Fedorova
(Alexander v. Humboldt-Fellow)

Feedback Interfaces and Encodings of Affect

Biofeedback, machine vision and remote sensing technologies enhance
and augment, but also simulate our image and sense of oneself and our relations with the others and with the environment. While allowing deeper and more intimate connection, they also become means for manipulation and control. I will focus on the procedures of sensing, representation and interpretation of sense data as they are performed by both the human and the machine. Specifically, I will discuss how the artworks by artists like Tina Gonsalves, Marco Donnarumma, Blast Theory group, Lauren McCarthy et al. help us understand better the psychological effects of the mechanisms of projection and recognition. This will be highlighted in the context of the precision/imprecision of translation and simulation in digital technology. My premise is that feedback loops with digitally mediated versions of ourselves place us in an intersubjective space that shifts our perspectives on the boundaries of the ‘self’, challenging and augmenting the very capacity of feeling human.