Highlights from Poetics of Future Work now online

If you weren’t able to come but are interested in what happened on the 6th of December at the Poetics of Future Work event in Stockholm, below you find a link where you can see the introduction and panel discussion.
Don’t miss the retro-futuristic country-inspired Love Song! It kind of sticks (“You can’t digitize this”).

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00:00 – Welcome by JP Iversen (CIO, Electrolux)
02:10 – Introduction by project leader Nina Bozic (senior researcher and innovation enabler at RISE)
9:50 – A retro-futuristic Love Song between a cowboy and an AI girl, written and performed by Dragana Zarevska (artist) and Andi Kravljaca (digital strategist, Nacka Municipality), inspired by the future work scenarios created in DIGI Futures project.
20:48 – Panel discussion on the future of work with Tove Chevalley (Digital Innovation Director, Electrolux), Janna Holmstedt (artist and researcher, the Posthumanities Hub at KTH), Sandor Albrecht (Vice President, AI@RISE & Wallenberg Launch Pad) and Per Johansson (speaker, writer and visionary consultant), hosted by Nina Bozic.

The Posthumanities Hub Seminar with Prof. Patricia MacCormack, 30th January 2020, 13:15-15:00, KTH

Manifesto

Welcome to the first Posthumanities Hub event in 2020 – the seminar with Prof. Patricia MacCormack (Anglia Ruskin University, UK) on A Joyful Apocalypse: Activism for the End of the Anthropocene.

When: 30th January, 13:15 – 15:00

Where: the seminar room at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (Teknikringen 74 D, Stockholm).

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OBS! Please REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT by sending an email to: the.posthumanities.hub[at]gmail.com

Abstract:

To end the anthropocene  is a call to activism at a time where ways of living seem impossible to proscribe and the world’s many urban and natural environments and organisms are increasingly transforming, some becoming more vulnerable while others increase their exertion of power over global systems of information and control. During these ages it can be difficult to imagine new and multiple ways of existing where hopelessness and imagination exist simultaneously. Beyond the Posthuman, but firmly within this world, my concept of the Ahuman acknowledges we aren’t nonhuman, but devalues the term human and its thus far devastating consequences for the world in order to suggest vitalistic, perhaps even optimistic, ways to negotiate some of the difficulties in thinking and acting in a world where meaning and reality are tentative but material actuality and lives (of all varieties) are in need of novel modes of intervention and interaction for the liberation and creative freedom of all organisms and the ecology of the Earth as a whole. Collapsing activism, artistic practice and affirmative ethics, while introducing some radical contemporary ideas such as human extinction and vegan abolition this paper navigates the ways in which we must compose the human differently, specifically beyond nihilism and post – and trans-humanism and outside human privilege. This is in order to actively think and live with connectivity (actual not virtual), viscerally, with passion and grace, toward a new world. The irony of the apocalypse is that the world continues nonetheless.  How can we live more ethically? How can the end of the human (even the posthuman) mean the end of human privilege as that which assists in opening the world to all life and to the human apocalypse being the birth of the world through deep ecology?

Bio:

Patricia MacCormack is Professor of Continental Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University. She is the author of Cinesexuality (2008), Posthuman Ethics (2012) and The Ahuman Manifesto (2020), the editor of The Animal Catalyst: Toward Ahuman Theory (2014) and the co-editor of Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Cinema (2008), Deleuze and the Animal (2017) and Ecosophical Aesthetics (2018). She publishes extensively in the posthuman, queer theory, animal studies, horror film, and Continental Philosophy.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Konstfack Research Week 2020 – see the detailed programme here.

 

Poetics of Future Work

What is the future of work? Come and discuss, speculate and question!

When: 6 Dec, 2019, 16:00-19:00
Where: Electrolux, Sankt Göransgatan 143, Stockholm, Sweden (Subway: Stadshagen)
Register at: https://nav.confetti.events/poetics-of-future-work

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This event is part of Vinnova financed project DIGI Futures, lead by the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in collaboration with ABB, Electrolux, Karolinska, Nacka Kommun, GodEl, and NAV Sweden.

About the event
The hostess Soft Innovaitress invites you to immerse into a poetic landscape of the future of work through a multidisciplinary artistic approach you have not experienced before. You will meet the AI as well as the human heroes of our future scenarios made during the past year with teams from Electrolux, ABB, GodEl, Nacka Kommun, and Karolinska. Questions about the future of work will be discussed: What will be the new jobs of the future? How will humans and machines relate to each other in new ways? What kind of re-skilling do we need to go through to arrive to that future? And where can we find poetics and softness in this landscape of the future work? Join us and actively explore your own journey into the future you want to co-create.

Program
16.00-17.00: Welcome drink & interactive art exhibition (download the Artivive app for an augmented reality experience)
17.00-18.00
: Future of work concert & conversation with guests
18.00-19.00: Create your own journey into the future with “Specularities”(speculative fiction cards for the future of work) & Mingle

Conversation guests
Sandor Albrecht, Vice President, AI@RISE & Wallenberg Launch Pad Sandor is a community builder and change driver at RISE where he is actively developing the ecosytem and national agenda for AI. He is engaged also with development of a new innovation platform at the Wallenberg foundation WALP which facilitates innovation arising from investments in strategic research areas of Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Software and Quantum Technology. His passion is entrepreneurship and corporate innovation and before coming to RISE he worked almost 20 years for Ericsson where he founded and headed the Ericsson Garage and was the Research Director.  

Janna Holmstedtartist and researcher, The Posthumanities Hub at KTH 
Janna’s researchinquiries into entangled issues such as multispecies relations, interspecies communication, and the intra-action of bodies, environs and technology. She focuses on how sound and listening, in a visually dominated culture, could mediate new relationships with the more-than-human and generate a sense of belonging as part of a dynamic ecology. Her work includes sound-based installations, participatory performances, mixed media walks, storytelling, mappings, writing, and collaborative projects. She is affiliated researcher and research engineer for the more-than-human humanities research network The Posthumanities Hub at KTH, Division for History of Science, Technology. 

Per Johansson, speaker, writer and visionary consultant
Per is doing various consulting work and talks related to human ecological issues, intellectual and existential conundrums, and concerning the impact of digital technologies on society and culture. He is the co-founder of the think tank Infontology – Imagination and Realisation. He has done several radio programs with prize-winning Swedish radio journalist Eric Schüldt, both for Swedish national radio and independently (Man and Machine, Tree of Knowledge, Myths & Mysteries). He is also an independent expert for the European Commission.

Tove Chevalley
Digital Innovation Director, Electrolux
Tove Chevalley is Digital Innovation Director at Electrolux and dedicates her time to making a global organization run as fast as a startup. She is focused on exploring new experiences and solutions that will continue to enrich people’s lives and the health of our planet and is obsessed with finding tools, methods and approaches to move a ship of 55 000 people towards a new way of developing experiences.

Did you miss the New Humanities & Anthropocene event this May? No worries, we have made them available online for you!

Some of the speakers: Rosi Braidotti, Marco Armiero, mirko nikolić, Adam Wickberg, Marietta Radomska, Janna Holmstedt, Norie Neumark, Hayden Lorimer, Hélène Frichot, Sverker Sörlin, Christina Fredengren. Film stills: Karin Wegsjö and Abram Wiklund.

We remember those vibrant days in May with such warmth. We had 26 amazing speakers sharing their reflections, projects and research with an engaged crowd. All keynotes and panels are now online and you can find them here!

The Blowhole: lecture performance, reading and Q&A with Janna Holmstedt, 21 Nov, 10:00-12:00, StDH

Where: the cinema [Bion] at Stockholms Dramatiska Högskola, Valhallavägen 189

If you missed the two events at Reaktorhallen in August, /Mis/communication/s/ and Interstellar Species Society Assembly, where artist Janna Holmstedt delivered a lecture performance and a talk on sonospheric communards, you now have a second chance to see them.

In a combined lecture performance and reading, Janna revisits neurophysiologist John C. Lilly’s interspecies communication experiments, carried out in the 1950s and 60s and partly funded by NASA, where dolphins were supposed to learn to speak English with their blowholes. At the centre of her session are tape recordings from language lessons with the dolphins, and a woman whom during 75 days tried to live under equal conditions with the dolphin Peter in a flooded house.
She will also talk about touching the matter of language, points of listening, and snuggle technologies.

The event is hosted within the framework of the independent course “Sound as Critical practice” at the Department of Film and Media at Uniarts/StDH.

Crosscuts: Stockholm Environmental Humanities Festival for Film & Text, on the theme Ruptured Times, 22-24 Nov

Where: Bio Rio, Hornstulls Strand 3, Stockholm

The second edition of Crosscuts is here! This year the Annals of Crosscuts, a new peer-reviewed publication format for film-based research, will be introduced. The festival’s honorary guests are the urban scholar and sociologist Saskia Sassen and the filmmaker and postcolonial writer Trinh T. Minh-ha. Additionally, the festival will feature readings by Athena Farrokhzad and Jennifer Hayashida as well as conversations with researchers, activists and artists from all over the world.

Crosscuts is organized by the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL) at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment in collaboration with the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, the Situated Ecologies Platform and Bio Rio. Program and tickets at https://crosscuts.se/program/  
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Invasive Plantimacies? Queering Kinship. The Posthumanism Research Network Presents Dr. Catriona Sandilands

Following a long line of queer and feminist thinkers who have taken up intimacy as a key terrain of biopolitical struggle, this talk will explore possibilities for living intimately with plants, and especially so-called “invasive” plants, as an important invitation to rethinking ecological relationships in and for the [M]Anthropocene.

The talk will focus on mulberries in Southern Ontario – both Morus alba and M. rubra – as a way of considering the historical and ongoing biocolonial linkages between the regulation of mulberry intimacies and the regulation of human intimacies. Mulberries are particularly good plants with whom to think to imagine revived multispecies intimacies and kinships for these biopolitically complicated times.

Catriona (Cate) Sandilands is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, where she teaches in the Environmental Humanities. Her most recent book (edited) is Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate-Changing Times (Caitlin, 2019); her in-progress book
is Plantasmagoria: Botanical Encounters in the [M]Anthropocene, and she is still fielding questions about Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (Indiana, 2010).

Tue, 12th November, 4:00-6:00 PM, Brock University
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A Roundtable Session on Teaching Environmental Humanities, with the Posthumanities Hub and Environmental Humanities Lab

When: Thursday 14 Nov, 13:15-14:45
Where: in the big seminar room at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH (Teknikringen 74 D, Stockholm).

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In the pilot project “Popularizing environmental humanities: Film and media resources for young adults pondering the stakes for the future”* (Formas communication grant), the challenge of “popularizing” was approached through integrative learning and co-storytelling in the classroom. Instead of creating media resources for the students to digest, they were asked to critically engage with environmental issues through creative storytelling and film making. In this Roundtable session, the project will be introduced and some key questions concerning teaching and communicating EH addressed. Another approach to teaching and communicating has been practiced by Marco Armiero in his open-air classes during Fridays for Future climate strikes, and through this Roundtable we wish to share and compare experiences from these two approaches.  

Participants: Marco Armiero, Janna Holmstedts, Jesse Petersen, Lotten Wiklund and Cecilia Åsberg.
Chair: Roberta Biasillo.

*”Popularizing environmental humanities”, a collaboration between Professor Cecilia Åsberg (pi), the Posthumanities Hub, KTH, and Lotten Wiklund (co-pi), science journalist at Kajman Media, was implemented mainly during spring 2019 together with researchers affiliated with the Posthumanities Hub, and a group of third grade students attending Samhällsvetenskapsprogrammet at Bromma gymnasium in Stockholm. Janna Holmstedt, PhD, acted as facilitator for the workshops. Participating researchers were Christina Fredengren, Jesse Petersen, Vera Weetzel, Janna Holmstedt and Cecila Åsberg.

The Posthumanities Hub Seminar with Isabelle Doucet and Hélène Frichot on 23rd Oct, 13:15-15:00

Welcome to The Posthumanities Hub Seminar with Prof. Dr. Isabelle Doucet (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Hélène Frichot, Professor of Architecture in Critical Studies and Gender Theory (KTH, Sweden) on To Care is To Resist: Situated Perspectives on Architecture

When: 23rd October, 13:15-15:00
Where: in the seminar room at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH (Teknikringen 74 D, Stockholm).

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Abstract:
In this joint seminar Doucet and Frichot will discuss overgrowth, care and resistance while drawing inspiration from Isabelle Stengers and Maria Puig de la Bella Casa’s work, as well as share reflections from Doucet and Frichot’s jointly edited journal issue Resist Reclaim Speculate. Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City, Architectural Theory Review, 2018, Vol. 22/1 https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ratr20/22/1?nav=tocList

Isabelle Doucet is professor of theory and history of architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. At the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Isabelle acts as the coordinator for the Chalmers-wide Gender Initiative for Excellence (Genie) initiative. Her research focuses on the relationship between architecture, (urban) politics, and social responsibility; and since joining Chalmers, Isabelle initiated research on women architecture graduates after 1968. Her books include The Practice Turn in Architecture. Brussels after 1968 (2015).

Architectural theorist and philosopher, writer and critic, Professor Hélène Frichot (PhD) is the director of Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) Stockholm, Sweden. Her research examines the transdisciplinary field between architecture and philosophy, with an emphasis on feminist theories and practices. In 2020 she joins the Faculty of Architecture, Construction and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia as Professor of Architecture and Philosophy. She is the author of Creative Ecologies: Theorizing the Practice of Architecture (Bloomsbury 2018) and How to Make Yourself a Feminist Design Power Tool (AADR 2016).

The Posthumanities Hub Seminar with Myra Hird (Queen’s University, Canada) on 18th October, 10:15-12:00

Welcome to The Posthumanities Hub Seminar with Myra Hird on Iqaluit’s Dumpcano and the Indeterminate Material Politics of Waste.

When: 18th October, 10:15-12
Where: in the seminar room at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH (Teknikringen 74 D, Stockholm).

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Abstract:
Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada’s capital city, became a center of controversy when its main ‘West 40’ dump spontaneously caught fire on May 20th 2014. This presentation argues that Iqaluit’s ‘dumpcano’ may be usefully understood as a virtuality that temporarily condensed a set of relations between the dump as a material object (or more specifically a multi-species bio-geology) and a number of economic, cultural, political, and social conditions. Drawing upon archival sources and primary interview data with a range of local respondents, my presentation examines how scientific and government discourses attempted to convey to the public a uniform ‘message’ of scientific certainty concerning levels of contamination and threats to human health and the environment. For their part, concerned residents and emergent activist groups engaged with official and unofficial ‘messaging’ in terms of material uncertainty. As such, the discourses that developed around the dump fire differentially made visible and registered, or obscured and attempted to displace, the shifting material properties of the dump. I make the case that non-expert local residents were able to effectively mobilize scientific uncertainty to draw attention to the links between the dump fire and issues of social justice.

Bio:
Myra J. Hird is Professor, Queen’s National Scholar, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University, Canada (www.myrahird.com). Professor Hird is Director of Waste Flow, an interdisciplinary research project focused on waste as a global scientific-technical and socio-ethical issue (www.wasteflow.ca).  Hird has published nine books and over seventy articles and book chapters on a diversity of topics relating to science studies. Hird’s forthcoming book is entitled Canada’s Waste Flows and will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.