The Wanderersalon #33 Vermessung des Körpers is part of the series Ermüdung und Versorgung (Fatigue and Supply), a cooperation between Urbane Künste Ruhr and the Institute for Theatre Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum. The series explores questions around the complex of themes of sleep and infrastructures. In this series we are turning the spotlight on issues surrounding the concepts of sleep and infrastructure. The focus is on scientific and artistic perspectives on the body and time as well as on the interrelationships between visible and invisible infrastructures.
The Wandersalon takes place in hybrid form and in English language. Registration is required. If the space on site is exhausted, interested parties can participate in the event digitally via Zoom.
Waschkaue, Industriedenkmal Kokerei Hansa
Vermessung des Körpers
The age of data collection through sleep, step or cycle apps brings forth an infrastructure of recording our physical activities, always under the sign of self-regulation and optimisation of performance. Humans also need to be measured in order for robots and humans to work together ideally. These measurements of the body are shaped by implicit assumptions concerning gender, performance and health. At the same time, the interactions between humans and machines open up new possibilities by questioning the assumption of "natural" bodies. But where do their limits lie today?
The event not only addresses how intelligent machines complement and shape our bodies, but also looks at artistic reflections on the measurement of the body. Together with artists Yuri Pattison and Asad Raza as well as Alexandra Pirici, who had a hologram interact with a human performer in the Waschkaue of the Kokerei Hansa as part of the Ruhr Ding: Territorien 2019, we will discuss which infrastructural conditions shape the relationship between humans and machines and how this hybrid relationship affects our understanding of our bodies and social interaction.
A Wandersalon as part of the series Ermüdung und Versorgung (Fatigue and Supply), a cooperation between Urbane Künste Ruhr and the Institute for Theatre Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum. The series explores issues around sleep and infrastructures.