January 20 | Bots, Bodies, Beasts - The art of being Humble | Program with Anneke Smelik, Jos de Mul & Beamclub screening

Program with Anneke Smelik, Jos de Mul & Beamclub screening January 20 at 13.30 hrs at RIETVELD'S GYM Fred Roeskestraat 96

Cybercouture, or Fashionable Technology

Anneke Smelik

This lecture explores ‘cybercouture’, the encounter between fashion and technology that opens up a future world where garments are merged with human skin, body and identity. Cybercouture involves a play with identity that can be understood – following Deleuze and Guattari – as a process of transformative ‘becoming’.

Prof.dr. Anneke Smelik is professor of Visual Culture at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She has published widely in the field of fashion, cinema, popular culture and cultural memory. Her new books are Delft Blue to Denim Blue. Contemporary Dutch Fashion (forthcoming 2016) and Thinking Through Fashion. A Guide to Key Theorists (2015).

Turing for Movie Lovers Artificial intelligence in Her, Ex machina, and Uncanny

Jos de Mul

The British mathematician, computer scientist and philosopher Alan Turing (1912 -1954) is not only the inventor of the programmable computer, but also one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence. He also invented the imitation game, a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. This so-called Turing test plays a prominent role in several recent science fiction movies, such as Her (2013), Ex machina (2015), and Uncanny (2015). In his lecture Jos de Mul will discuss what these movies tell us about the present hopes and fears that surround artificial intelligence and robots.

Jos de Mul studied philosophy, art history and social sciences at the universities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Nijmegen. At present he is full professor Philosophy of Man and Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research is on the interface of philosophical anthropology, aesthetics, philosophy of technology and history of 19th and 20th century German philosophy. His English publications include: Romantic Desire in (Post)Modern Art and Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 1999), The Tragedy of Finitude. Dilthey's Hermeneutics of Life (Yale University Press, 2004), Cyberspace Odyssey. Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), and Destiny Domesticated. The Rebirth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Technology (State University of New York Press, 2014). See for an extended CV and full list of publications:

IMPORTANT: Rietveld students are kindly asked to bring their Rietveld student card. All students are welcome, for students in the basicyear and first year of specialization participation in Studium Generale is obligatory.

January 13, 20; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 9, 16, from 13:30 to 15:30 to 17:30: talks, readings, presentations, performances, screenings at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. 6 to 10 April: installations, actions & conference-festival at de Brakke Grond.