The Point of Being – a book organized by Derrik de Kerckhove and Cristina Miranda
A talk with the authors Cristina Miranda, Rosane Araujo and Isabelle Choinière
September 1st – 8:30pm At the Exhibition Oppening
Current digital processes of production, reproduction and distribution of information affect our perception of time, space, matter, senses and identity. The book explores the research question: which are the psycho-physiological dimensions of the ways people experience their presence in the world and the world’s presence in them? The objective of this collective work is not only academic. Because they deal principally with issues of perception and sentience, with a particular emphasis on art, there is in all chapters an invitation to experience a shift of perception. An embodied sensation of the world and a re-sensorialization of the environment are described to complement the visually biased perspective with a renewed sense of our relationship to the spatial and material surrounds. What is attempted here is to induce the topological reunion of sensation and cognition, of sense and sensibility and of body, self and world.
The perception of the Point of Being, to which the various chapters of this book invite the reader, proposes an alternative to the Point of View inherited from the Renaissance; it aims at offering a way to situate the sense of self through the physical, digital and electronic domains that shape physical, social, cultural, economic and spiritual conditions at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Nine authors explore different ways in which the paradigm of the Point of Being can help to bridge the interval, the discontinuity, between subjects and objects that began with the diffusion of the phonetic alphabet. Then, of course, there is the question of the Point of Being, as in “what is the point?” That is certainly an underlying theme that plays across all chapters, but no definite answer can be given about this without including a total personal involvement. The Point of Being is a signpost on that journey.
A brief author biography for each editor :
Derrick de Kerckhove is Emeritus Professor of the Department of French, University of Toronto, and Professor of the Faculty of Sociology, University Federico II, Naples. He is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology (MPCT) and of the Research Programme in Digital Culture, at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (IN3/UOC), in Barelona, where he is currently a mentor at the Medi@ctions # Digital Culture Research Group – IN3 (IN3/UOC). This author received his PhD in French Language and Literature (University of Toronto) in 1975 and in Sociology of Art (University of Tours) in 1979. . He worked as translator and co-author with Marshall McLuhan. De Kerckhove holds the Order of “Les Palmes Académiques”, is Member of the Club of Rome and Papamarkou Chair in Technology and Education at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. Among his books are Skin of Culture, Connected Intelligence and Brainframes. Acting as promoter of different projects such as Global Art and Connective Intelligence Workshops his research focus is mostly in art, technology and society, psychotechnologies, technopsychologies and modes of creation, co-creation and distribution of culture, in particular of art, in the electronic age.
Cristina Miranda de Almeida is Lecturer at the Department of Art and Technology, University of the Basque Country and a Visiting Scholar and external researcher at Medi@ctions # Digital Culture Research Group, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3/UOC), Barcelona. She holds a European PhD in Art (UPV/EHU, 2005). She spent post-doctoral research periods at the École Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2009), at the McLuhan Program of Culture and Technology, Toronto (2007) and at the CaiiA-Hub-Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth (2005-06) and a pre-doctoral researcher at Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (2005). Her research interests are focused on art and the impact of Internet of Things on the production of hybrid realities, hybrid sensibilities and new materialities (Project Web of Matter) and on digital identity, trans-disciplinary research and collaboration between art, science and technology (SEAD network and Project T₂EIA – Transdisciplinary Telematic Environment for Interactive Arts, with the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro/NANO). She collaborates the Internation Journal of McLuhan Studies, NoemaLab and Ausart. Her practical-based art research (video installations, photographies, performances) focuses on the cultural construction of identity and has been internationally exhibited.
Keynote Invitation to CAC.4 –Computer Art Congress.
Carl Smith has been awarded a 2014 Winston Churchill Fellowship. The project entitled “Experience (Re)Design Tools to Improve Social and Cultural Skills’ has been chosen under the Science, Technology and Innovation strand. The core problem that Carl will address is how to (re)design a workable balance between digital and analogue modes of interaction. The younger generations who are growing up almost exclusively in the digital world are largely not being exposed to essential analogue social and communication skills. Without thoughtful design, digital interventions are simply distracting people from meaningful engagement with the cultural objects and social situations that they are actually designed to augment. Carl will be based at Keio University working with Professor Masahiko Inami who is an expert on amongst other things hybrid reality, digital transparency and X-Ray vision. Many thanks to Adrian David Cheok for the mentoring and Cristina Miranda de Almeida and Rosemary Jane Stott for being the referees.
Keynote Invitation to CAC.4 –Computer Art Congress.
Carl has have been invited as one of the prominent keynotes on behalf of the organization team of the CAC.4 –Computer Art Congress – computer art & design for all, taking place September 1 -3rd 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilhttp://cac4.eba.ufrj.br . The 4th edition of CAC is organized with the collaboration of NANO LABwww.nano.eba.ufrj.br supported by the Graduate Program in Visual Arts, at the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Rio de Janeirowww.eba.ufrj.br
VIDA is the first international contest dedicated to art and artificial life. The main aim of the contest is to recognise artists who are interested in the current discourse on life through the latest technologies and the most recent scientific advances. Conceived in 1999, VIDA, which offers a total of 82,000 Euros in prizes, is currently one of the most prestigious international contests in the field of media art.
Dear CAC.4 participants and partners, we are introducing Araribá, an excellent reference for travel in Rio and to Rio. André and Ed are our contacts at firstname.lastname@example.org . They can help you coming to Rio and any special travel in Brazil. At the core, Araribá is comprised of a group of Masters and PhD’s from respected universities with expertise in Biology, Geology, History, Sociology, Archaeology and the Arts. As a result, Araribá is uniquely qualified and has been very active in the planning and support of scientific expeditions in these areas.
Have a great time!