Image Servitude: New Dependencies in the Digital Age
November 21 – 23, 2019, Großes Studio
Despite the increasing degree of digitization, many parts of the industrial chain cannot be automated. The result is a new division of labor, with the convenience of online services on one hand, and the exploitation of physical work on the other. In many cases there are direct relations to the speed and growth of image production. Human agents are still needed e.g. for censoring violent Internet content as long as pattern recognition tools are not yet reliable. In social sectors as well, images have been taking command. In medicine, military, or sports people are being forced into new patterns of behavior. Interactive and augmented media require special training and adaptation, especially in professional contexts.
While the invisibility of processes behind blockchain technology or artificial intelligence applications increases the dependence on what remains visible, homes are wired to the Internet, and children grow up in the presence of cameras. Computer-generated personae become teenage role models, while state of the art and easy to use apps lure users into virtualizing selfies/selves with just a few clicks. ‘Image Servitude’ seeks to pin down such new forms of visual dependency. Considering the field of picture theory and visual culture studies, the conference strives to map new terrains, and to translate the results into recommendations for a timely research and teaching.
With: Kathrin Friedrich, Melissa Gronlund, Inge Hinterwaldner, Carolin Höfler, Daniel Hornuff, Barbara Kuon, Roland Meyer, Fabian Offert, Moritz Queisner, Lioudmila Voropai and many others.
10am Introduction: Matthias Bruhn
10.15am Adaptivity - Kathrin Friedrich, Moritz Queisner
11.30am Prefabricated Identites - Barbara Kuon, Daniel Hornuff
1pm Lunch Break
3pm Introduction: Barbara Kuon
3.15pm: Keeping up with AI - Fabian Offert
4.30pm Digital Objecthood - Katharina Weinstock
6pm-7pm Evening Session Lecture Performance
Saturday, November 23 10am-3pm
10am Introduction: Future formats for image studies - Matthias Bruhn
10.15am Inge Hinterwaldner
11am-12.30pm Roundtable I with conference speakers, Roland Meyer and Lioudmila Voropai
1.30-3pm Roundtable II with conference speakers, Roland Meyer and Lioudmila Voropai