Hervisions presents: “Honey, I’m Data!” A Performative Lecture
Fri 22 Jun 2018 / 7pm - 9pm
Hervisions is super excited to invite Keiken for a performative lecture that seeks to unfold our experience of the future of data, the future of the physical/virtual world and a critical analysis on popular solutions like empathy and altruism. This is the second event as part of Zaiba Jabbar’s curator in residence at LUX residency, exploring data inspired art and moving image.
On the day at LUX, Keiken will present their research accompanied by a live streamed performance from AGF HYDRA: Artist, Fashion Activist and Designer who’s body of work investigates the value of biotechnologically advanced utopias. This will be an extension from collaborative work between AGF HYDRA and Keiken made for the current group exhibition ‘CHIMERA’, at STUDIO 35, Bucharest. During the Performative Lecture they will also be hosting a live streamed conversation with Natasha Vita-More, futurist/transhumanist, scientist and designer of the ‘Substrate Autonomous Person’ in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Keiken are a collective and organisation comprised of artists and musicians who merge the latest technologies such as VR with music and interactive contemporary art.
I love Kim not because I know her but because I love her data. I’m not so sure about Kanye’s data though. Anyway, let’s not judge, we all have data, a past that Facebook owns. As the futurists fly across the world by day and night, they go to church on Sundays down Silicone Valley. The Earth has a flu from the virus called humans and the humans just say “Oh, what a lovely sunny day’”. Then we all talk deep as our ego expands as we think we have an answer “WHAT WILL MAKE THE WORLD BETTER IS IF WE HAD MORE EMPATHY”. Then we forget what we thought and just chat crapitalism. By the way, now I am a platform diverse body, I am available in all the different worlds, the material world, the virtual world and the app store. I’m no longer just physical, baby!
“Honey, I’m Data!” is the second event in a series of workshops, talks and digital encounters, commissioned by Hervisions at LUX. The title “Honey, I’m Data!” derives from a speculative interactive RPG installation conceptualised by Keiken in 2016, in which players enter into a shifted reality where their Quantified Self (personal biometric data) alters a reactive environment.
Keiken are a collective and organisation comprised of artists and musicians who merge the latest technologies such as VR with music and interactive contemporary art. Co-directed by Tanya Cruz, Hana Omori and Isabel Ramos, Keiken are comprised of multiple collaborators.
Keiken, meaning experience, is the nucleus of their philosophy and practice where they strive to push the boundaries of immersivity. They activate networked spaces using gaming theories such as world-building and RPG (role-playing games). This is then used as a site in which the consciousness of archetypal stereotypes and figures are used to unravel the futures and ramifications of our accelerating technological age.
Keiken recently curated and exhibited a new RPG, Care Stranding, as part of CTM and Transmediale’s Vorspiel Festival in Berlin, presented BCNU*, at Tate St Ives, and exhibited the Silicone_Animism | The Birth of Mother Digital series (Trimester 1, 2 and 3) at London Design Festival and Hervisions, Second Home, London.
HYDRA is London based Artist, Fashion Activist and Designer Anna Gloria Flores.
Dr. Natasha Vita-More
Dr. Natasha Vita-More is an internationally reknown speaker on the future of humanity. She advocates technological enhancement and received celebrity status by innovating the first future human body prosthetic. Natasha has appeared in over twenty-four televised documentaries and has published in numerous academic, scientific, and design journals. Called an “early adapter of revolutionary changes” (Wired magazine) and a “role model for superlongevity” and the New York Times publicized her as the “first female philosopher of transhumanism”.
Currently a professor at the University of Advancing Technology, she has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Virginia Commonwealth, Aalto (Finland), and Polytechnic (Hong Kong) universities. She is Executive Director of Humanity+, a Fellow of the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and on the Board of the TNC. She is co-editor and author of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, is published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Zaiba Jabbar is an artist, independent curator and award-winning film director based in London and founder of Hervisions.
Hervisions is a multidisciplinary movement showcasing femme focussed digital encounters.
Since launching in October 2016, Zaiba has held exhibitions in LA and London, created a Hervisions visual podcast in collaboration with Specta and commissioned work for i-D’s Fifth Sense x Chanel platform and is currently curator in residence at LUX.
Instagram @hervisions_ & @zaibajabbar