Lectures

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"Dataism" versus Freedom

The Algorithmization of our Life

Algorithmic systems create new insights, new economic Structures and new forms of social communication. Do we really get to more knowledge and information through BIG DATA Analytics ? Or does the effort to bring the world under control leads to alienation and to the end of our freedom?

Length of lecture: approx. 50-60 minutes with numerous graphics

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The one-day seminar "Dataism" versus Freedom

4 - 6 hours seminar

The seminar will examine the background, the emergence and the current strategies of so-called surveillance capitalism. It begins with the emergence of the Internet and leads vividly and deeply through the complex backgrounds and procedures of the monetarization of our data, up to the deep conflicts with the European guiding principles. The seminar has a popular scientific structure and works with interactive artistic elements that involve the participant directly in the process. The aim of the seminar is to give the participants a deep insight and a differentiated view. The seminar develops the background knowledge for differentiated new own approaches of the participants. It is not about offering a certain attitude or a solution.

Duration of seminar: scalable from 4-6 hours with extensive graphics and interactive elements

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BIG DATA and the algorithmic human

The confrontation with an increasingly networked world, the digitalisation of our lives and the tension between our private lives is a central theme of social development. Google knows our diseases and our next holiday destination. WhatsApp knows who we're communicating with. Youtube knows which videos we watch and Instagram knows our posted life. The smart speaker listens into our bedroom and Facebook knows us better than our friends. The BIG DATA system registers our life in all its ramifications. The BIG DATA questions the principles of self-determination over psychological and social life, as well as our understanding of the political system.
Florian Mehnert explains in his lecture the basics and the basic idea of BIG DATA. He shows that the future has long since begun and that we are in the midst of a world of "datatism" from which there is no return back.

Length of lecture: approx. 50-60 minutes with numerous graphics

Florian Mehnertart project FREEDOM 2.0¨

The participatory art installation FREEDOM 2.0

The participatory art installation FREEDOM 2.0 was realized as a tri-national project in three countries and three cities. More than 20 km of guidance system led through the city of Weil abd in 2018 more than 50k through Stuttgart guiding to the office of FREEDOM 2.0. Over a period of 5 weeks, the art installation was supported by the BIG DATA COLLOQIES with speakers from the fields of media theory, computer science, data protection, economics and philosophy. Florian Mehnert explains the backgrounds, processes and experiences of his art installation FREIHEIT 2.0.

Length of presentation: approx. 45-60 minutes with numerous pictures of the installation

Florian MehnertWebcam view of 11 DAYS © 2020 Florian Mehnert

The art experiment "11 DAYS"


11 days the white laboratory rat in the art installation should be threatened by a weapon triggerable live via the Internet The world watched the white rat in the art installation by Florian Mehnert in a furious manner via lifestream. There was a violent shitstorm and threats of death.
The art experiment 11 DAYS went around the world.
But what was it really about? Was the work misunderstood? What were the intention of "11TAGE"? What happened in the background? Why was the experiment finished on the sixth day? The lecture looks at the reactions and backgrounds of the art experiment 11 DAYS.

in an exciting and comprehensive way. Length of lecture: approx. 60 minutes with detailed information graphics, videos and pictures

Florian MehnertNRW Forum Düsseldorf

Political art, provocation and effect

From forest protocols to FREEDOM 2.0

Can political art make a difference and influence society? Florian Mehnert explains using the example of his well-known art projects "Forest Protocols, Human Tracks, 11 Days and FREIHEIT 2.0". the background of his work and his view of political art and its effects.

Length of lecture: 50-60 minutes with many illustrations