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Overarching and Individual Evenings' Themes

Digital submission or Architectural Domination

‘Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it, but we are delivered over to it in the worst possible way when we regard it as something neutral.’ Heidegger

Contrasted with the past century, the third aspirant revolution in energy and communication finds itself struggling against apathy, and a lack of desire, passion, interest and even identity. Technological advances positioned to serve society are largely overlooked in a crisis of ideas and a mentality obsessed with appearance rather than essence.

These have all led us to face the reality of a diminishing of the role of architects and architectural discourse. Meanwhile, the greater public seems to believe more and more in architecture and its manifestations.

It is, therefore, important to explore, discuss and critically engage with our mode of cultural existence. We need to redefine the impact and role of technology in architecture with respect to our image-based society through representation and education. We must question industrial advancement in construction, material technologies, robotics, but more importantly man and nature in these contexts and within our future cities.

Have we delegated power to technology systems to such an extent that we are now in an age of subconscious digital submission, or has architecture dominated these tools to create new opportunities in the profession and within the urban context? Have we conjured new architectural theories for the advancing technologies within cities and specifically with respect to man or are we living by proxy?

Who is the master and who is the slave? Do we enjoy being passively and actively submissive or do we want to develop new strategies that challenge our interaction with technology by fostering different levels of engagement through the social, economic and cultural spheres?

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The first evening, 23th May 2018,

Cyber-polis, Media-polis, Data-polis, Porno-polis, Techno-polis

Is the future metropolis a network of interactive nodes and constellations? Will it be populated by mechanical self-configuring modular life forms, or will it be as J.G. Ballard reveals: ‘boring… a vast, conforming suburb of the soul’?

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The second evening, 24th May 2018

‘Mirror Mirror…’

As Pichler anticipated ‘if one lets media or technology more in general, isolate and insulate, it will be to the detriment of other abilities'.

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The third evening, 25th May 2018

The awareness of ‘Skynet’

‘So that's the telephone? They ring, and you run.’ Edgar Degas