Sebastian Neitsch • Quadrature – read and write realities

Interface Cultures Alumni Guestlecture Series

Sebastian Neitsch // Quadrature – read and write realities
Wednesday, 2nd of March, 2022 // 11:00 – 12:00

ONLINE on MS Teams

By now data seems to be available in abundance and it is only by excavating the relevant bits from the pile of trivia, by finding some meaning in a chaotic stream of unfiltered raw data that actual information can be retrieved. Processing follows perception. (Re)Action follows processing. Understanding and responding to data could be defined as interfacing with the future. This usage of technology as means to read and write present and coming realities should not be left to scientists and engineers alone, but the arts should join other epistemic systems to interpret and change the world.

Should it turn out […], that we can cognise and therefore also produce considerably more than we are capable of understanding by thinking, then we would really have fallen into our own trap, as it were, or become the slaves – not, as is commonly believed, of our machines, but – of our own cognitive capacity, creatures abandoned by all spirit and all good spirits, who see themselves helplessly at the mercy of every apparatus they can possibly produce, no matter how crazy or how murderous its effects may be”. (Hannah Arendt, Vita Activa, 1958)

Juliane Götz (*1984, DE) and Sebastian Neitsch (*1982, DE) met 15 years ago at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. Neitsch already focused on his media art practice during his studies (including studies abroad, class Sommerer/Mignonneau, Kunstuni Linz). For Götz, who originally studied Fashion Design, a scholarship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude proved to be a turning point towards her artistic work. Since 2013 they have been collaborating as Quadrature. Their joint artistic research understands technology as a means to read and write realities. They work with and about data and are interested in physical experiments, the emergence of knowledge, moments of cognition and outer space. Their work is shown worldwide, including at ZKM Karlsruhe, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Künstlerhaus Vienna, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art and Santralistanbul, Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul.

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