Online Guest Lecture Series
For three years the Korea National University of Arts – short K-Arts – collaborates with Ars Electronica on research and exchange about how the creation of the human-like activity changes the digital and online sphere. In 2022 this exchange focuses on Human Touch through a guest lecture series with Helen Starr, Špela Petrič and Robin McNicholas (Marshmallow Laser Feast).
K-arts about the topic: “Human Touch which means ‘humaneness’ or ‘moves of hand’ is being used as a newly coined word to express an emotional connection between people that is deficient in a non-contact era. Humankind has expanded this domain into digital world far from his physical limits through progression of technology. Such a state of digital post-humanism has helped us envision unprecedented senses and habits interacting and empathizing other things, surfaces and objects. We are desperate to find out how to sustain human touch in the world where we communicate through media rather than in-person contact. How can we feel warmness of human itself and consider non-human existence?”
In 2022, the global lecture series around Human Touch will have three content topics around technology, society, and art. It will deal with art as the most human-like way to communicate with various existence in expanded digital environment.
The guest lecture series is moderated by Laura Welzenbach, Head of Ars Electronica Export, Q&A by Prof. Chungyean Cho (Vice President of K-ARTS) with technical support by Ferenc Hirt and Armin Seidl.
Lecture: Matters of Play and Passion
by Špela Petrič | Špela Petrič envisions artistic experiments that enact strange relations to reveal the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of our (bio)technological societies. Her work revolves around the reconstruction and re-appropriation of scientific methodology in the context of cultural phenomena, while working towards an egalitarian and critical discourse between the professional and public spheres.
Lecture: Rendering Reality and The Poetics of Touch
by Helen Starr | Starr is interested in how Virtual, AI and digital systems no longer simply model physical reality, but also shape the way we behave and act with or without our knowledge and consent. These digital artworks are showcased in thought provoking multimedia exhibitions accompanied by insightful public programmes. Community, healing and learning are the core of Starr’s practice.
Lecture: Creative Strategies for Emerging Persistent Storyworlds
by Marshmallow Laser Feast | Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) creates immersive experiences, expanding perception and exploring our connection with the natural world. Fusing architectural tools, contemporary imaging techniques, and performance with tactile forms, MLF sculpt spaces that lay dormant until animated by curiosity and exploration.
Further Lecturers are: