Susanna Hertrich, researcher in the project Sensorium of Animals, will be at the Mapping Festival in Geneva for a panel discussion on May 9 and a workshop she gives together with Daniela Silvestrin on May 10.

9 May 2018

Location: HEAD, Bâtiment H, Avenue de Châtelaine 7, 1203 Geneva
Time: 11:30 – 18:30

Panel discussion
Minds, Bodies and the Machine
Marco Donnarumma, Rosario Hurtado, Jürg Lehni, Prof. David Rudrauf, Susanna Hertrich

The body and mind are fundamental aspects to understand human identity, behaviour, race and gender. Both, body and mind, are mediums of expressions and subjects of investigation for artists and designers. With recent developments in mind and body-enhancing technologies, and the latest advances in the field of human-machine-interaction, artists, designers and researchers have the potential to alter the human faculties such as self-consciousness, autonomy and agency.

Artists, designers and researchers are working together on artistic projects that seek to hack and re-configure our preconceived modes of reality, the way we relate to our minds and bodies, and how we communicate and interact with machines. How is technology shaping human nature and existence? What are the ethical implications of these practices? What role does technology play in the creative process? Has digital technology become an influential actor or an autonomous agent in art? Or is it becoming a self-reflective tool for artists? How is the current socio-cultural and political landscape influencing the way artists design technologies for art production?

This session is an exploration of the human-technology relationship from an artistic and scientific point of view. It reveals how artists, designers and scientists use a variety of technological systems as means to reconsider artistic production, and to investigate machine embodiment, and the body and mind connection.

10 May 2018

Hacking the Human Sensorium
Susanna Hertrich & Daniela Silvestrin

Making the invisible visible: artist Susanna Hertrich and researcher Daniela Silvestrin will reveal the secret world of electromagnetic (EM) fields – and how easily our senses can be tricked. Using EM field detectors and hands-on experiments, participants will prototype sensorial hacks.

Welcome to a journey through the human and non-human sensorium, where we will play with our perception and reveal what cannot be seen (heard, smelled, tasted, felt). After a series of hands-on experiments that ‘hack’ our primary senses, we enter the secret world of electromagnetic (EM) fields – signals emmitted from wireless telecommunication devices and other microwave technologies – equipped with custom EM field ‘detektors’ (developed by Shintaro Miyazaki and Martin Howse). Over the course of this workshop, participants will develop a new understanding of how we define and use our senses and learn how reflecting on the bodily ways of sensing accessible or hidden information can be used as a methodology in the design and creative prototyping of sensorial hacks.

Workshop duration: half-day
Workshop language: English
Number of participants: 12 max.
Requirements: pens and paper, headphones / workshop materials will be provided.

Location: HEAD, Bâtiment H, Avenue de Châtelaine 7, 1203 Geneva
Time: 15:30 – 19:30

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