Ground of Care and Control – Part 1

Aleksandr Kapitonov (RU), Maria Sviridova (RU), Andrey Lazukin (RU), Grigorii Kirgizov (RU)

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Part 1. Technology Talks

Technology mediates our relations to the biosphere, codifies and shapes them. They can constitute a means of both care and control. Today, they codify primarily the second element: exhaustive control and accelerating exploitation. In this conference we’ll try to look at the first element—care—and hear from scientists and engineers who try to make technologies more careful towards nature and point us to technosymbiotic possibilities. Maria Sviridova will tell us how to fall in love with mud and why now is the time to do this. Her talk is based on research in microbial fuel cell technology and will give a voice to “inaudible” soils that elude our attention. Through citizen science, Andrey Lazukin will open up the possibility of forming a caring environment between nature, humanity and technology. Aleksandr Kapitonov will describe a green farming solution from AgriDataX, to achieve a more symmetric relationship in agriculture with the help of distributed technology.


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Aleksandr Kapitonov (RU): Aleksandr Kapitonov, Head of the Department of Infocommunication Technologies at ITMO University, earned his Ph.D. in System Analysis, Control and Information Processing at ITMO University (2014). In 2015, he joined the International Research Lab of Adaptive and Nonlinear Control Systems at ITMO University, where he has been working as Associate Professor on robust control for nonlinear systems, control theory education and heterogeneous network solutions.

Maria Sviridova (RU): Maria Sviridova is an environmental engineer in the field of chemical environmental protection. Her artistic and scientific interests are in the area of cyclical processes. She connects the „local“ with the „global“ by critically addressing issues of dataification, surveillance, distributed networks and infrastructures, ecosystems, human and other relations. She has experience with urban wastewater treatment plants and incinerators.

Andrey Lazukin (RU): Andrey Lazukin is a postgraduate student at the Department of Biotechnologies at ITMO University. He graduated from the Department of Biology at Kuban State University. His scientific interests are at the intersection of biology, chemistry and physics. He worked as a federal tutor at the Foundation for New Forms of Education Development, and participated in the Bacterial Internet Project as a lead engineer. Currently, he is a curator of the Bacterial Internet Project.

Grigorii Kirgizov (RU): Moderator Grigorii Kirgizov is a Grounding project co-curator and post-media artist with background in computer science. He is a graduate of the Art and Science Masters program at ITMO University. He has participated in the exhibitions “Ars Electronica: Pangardenia” and “Voices of Technobiocenoses” in St.Petersburg.