Paragora Symposium

Travlou, P. (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Paragora Symposium is organised by Telecommunisten (Dmytri Kleiner and Barruch Gottlieb), as a small event to discuss in a more critical and reflective manner issues, ideas and artworks presented in Transmediale 2015. For that matter, Telecommunisten have invited a number of people who participated in Transmediale to engage on critical dialogues across and around issues of work, life and play (the three sub-themes of Transmedial 2015). Paragora Symposium Abstract: What do the futures of work, play and life look like through the eyes of the people who will produce them? How do our quantified lives unfold? paragora looks at how we make sense of our lives within civilizations increasingly governed through measurement and automation procedures. How to carve out realms of autonomous practices there? We live in societies and economies defined by a global competitive drive for constant, algorithm-guided optimisation. However, it is important to emphasize that this competition is driven by and, in turn, drives globalized conventional industry and thus conventional economic concerns. What are the underlying motivational structures that propel our hard work and play participation in the networks, away from concern about how these networks are produced, reproduced and maintained on a daily basis? How do we cultivate cultural forms which can foster and sustain long-term commitment to social and economic justice? paragora presents resolute and concerned thinking, artistic responses and earnest discussion on processes of gamification, quantification, ubiquitous networking and algorithmic control. Through digital and electronic means, the distinction between work, leisure and other realms of social being are becoming increasingly indistinguishable. paragora, beside the market, welcomes you to engage with a broad and pluridisciplinary assortment of people, presentations, disciplines and events, as we encounter the material realities underlying the hopes and despair of current conditions.
Period2 Feb 20156 Feb 2015
Event typeConference
LocationBerlin , Germany