Conf: Taking Care of Things

I will participate in a panel on the relation of sensors and the body at the conference „Taking Care of Things! Archives – Life-Cycles – Care“ on January 15-18 in Lüneburg organized by Post-Media Lab/Center for Digital Cultures and Habits of Living. From the announcement: „From the perspective of current theoretical approaches the figure of the archive seems to have lost its central status and its fever. Meanwhile, in our medial and cultural set-up new (kinds of) archives seem to crop up everywhere, accelerated by new means of production and distribution. Cultural repertoires are being remixed alongside technological repositories – often giving new life to almost forgotten relics. Ever more things, valuables, processes, projects, constituencies, even movements, need to be taken care of. It is not only cultural and critical theory that is being challenged, but also law, the natural sciences and design, alongside other applied sciences. But what are the complex dynamics and contexts of these new (non-)archives? Do they really make sense? And if so, by and for whom?
>To address these questions, ‚Taking Care of Things!‘ focuses on the transformation of things – analog and digital – into life-cycles and specific practices of care. This will be done in different thematic groups dealing with topics, like Mesh Media!, Civil Archaeology, Measure Drones, Unearthing the Archive, Translating Ontologies and Extinction in Context.“ Get the details here: www.postmedialab.org/taking-care-of-things.

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