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HMKV im Dortmunder U | CINEMA, GROUND FLOOR And online
MI, 15th JunE 2022, 19 – 21 p.m.

Office medienwerk.nrwPanel Discussion

With Dr. Inke Arns, Prof. Dr. Adrian Daub und Jonas Lüscher
Moderated by: Dr. Iuditha Balint und Fabian Saavedra-Lara

The Cologne-born Germanist and literary scholar Adrian Daub is professor of comparative literature and German studies at Stanford University, where he is the director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
He writes on topics such as early feminism, memory culture and 19th century German popular and musical culture. His book “What Tech Calls Thinking: An Inquiry into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley” (suhrkamp, 2020) tells the story of Silicon Valley – a region that has risen to become the most powerful IT and high-tech location in the world over the last 70 years. In his book, Daub, who established his professional focus at Stanford in close proximity to the Valley, questions its self-staging by examining the rhetoric of entrepreneurs like Peter Thiel or Mark Zuckerberg and historically contextualising the ideology of the industry.

Jonas Lüscher is a Swiss-German writer and essayist. After studying philosophy, he did intensive research on the significance of narratives for the description of social complexity and in this context he had a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation for a research stay at Stanford. His novella “Frühling der Barbaren” (2013) is about the importance of narratives in social contexts – in this book, Richard Rorty’s theories come to bear narratively. His novel “Kraft” (2017) tells about the mentality and rhetoric of Silicon Valley. As a socially and politically engaged essayist, Jonas Lüscher publishes on various topics such as economics and populism.

The talk “What Tech Calls Thinking – and how it is talk about” is being held in cooperation with the Fritz Hüser Institute for Literature and Culture of the Working World, the HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein and the Office at the Dortmunder U. The event is part of the programme accompanying the HMKV exhibition “House of Mirrors: Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm”. In the discussion, some thoughts from Adrian Daub’s and Jonas Lüscher’s texts will be brought into dialogue with the ideas and selected works in the exhibition.

More about House of Mirrors: Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm

The Talk will be held in German.
Admission is free, no registration required.
The event will also be broadcast via live stream.

Click here for the livestream of the event

Adrian Daub: © Cynthia Newberry
Jonas Lüscher: © Ulrike Arnold/Jonas Lüscher
Inke Arns: © Frank Vinken


Meta Marathon 2019


Fri, 15.03. – Sun, 17.03.2019, 42 hours

Office medienwerk.nrwPanel Discussion

The META MARATHON 2019 was organised by the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf in cooperation with the tanzhaus nrw and the Filmmuseum Düsseldorf. The Office contributed the programme item “Robotic Swarm”.

42 hours non-stop living, loving, celebrating and working with robots: The META MARATHON 2019 is dedicated to the topic of robotics on March 15th – 17th, 2019. Visitors can not only take part in workshops, talks and performances, but also share their living space with robots, including the opportunity to stay overnight at the NRW-Forum and meet the probably currently most famous robot in the world, Sophia.

What happens when robots leave the industrial context and become part of our everyday life? What does society have to be prepared for when automated processes are carried out by machines and decisions are made without human intervention? How do robots change our actions and feelings? Are machines becoming more human-like or human emotions more machine-like? Can robots help us to relax and decelerate and what does a culture of intelligent robotics look like?

Programme item of the Office

Presentation & Talk with Katrin Hochschuh, Adam Donovan, So Kanno.

Moderation: Klaas Werner
Sunday, 17.03., 11:00 am

The artist duo Katrin Hochschuh and Adam Donovan have invented, developed and programmed non-humanoid swarm robots. In this event, presented by the office, the artists show how they work, both in the technical process and on a conceptual level, focusing primarily on their current work “Empathy Swarm”.

These were developed as antithesis or extension to humanoid robots like the famous “Sophia”. They want to show that non-humanoid robots can also learn and create a feeling of empathy and compassion. So Kanno, whose work “Lasermice” also deals with swarm behavior, joins the discussion.

Further informations about the META MARATHON 2019

The Office was funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund.

META MARATHON – Artificial Intelligence

Meta Marathon 2018

42 hours of non-stop talks, performances, films, concerts, exhibition and workshops on the subject of artificial intelligence: the META Marathon is a new type of technology festival that took place May 25th – 27th, 2018, at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. The participants create the festival themselves, change roles from experts to laymen and experiment with the new format – including overnight accommodation on site.

Invitated by the office, curator Michelle Kasprzak spoke on the topic: “Algorithms, trust, and politics: how everything old is new again“.

Further information is available at:

The office was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund

Das Büro und die Veranstaltung wurden gefördert vom Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW. Träger des Büros: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund

Discourse programme of the Videonale. 16 (in cooperation with


Discourse programme of the Videonale. 16 (in cooperation with

FR, 17.02.- SA, 17.02.2017

Office medienwerk.nrwPanel Discussion

The office cooperated with the long-standing network partner Videonale e.V.. Together, the two partners organised – as part of the discourse programme of the Videonale. 16 – two panels for the opening weekend (February 16th – 19th, 2017), during which there were also many other performances, lectures and guided tours:

Panel: The artist is (not) present – Live performances and their representation in media art 
Impulse lecture by André Eiermann: Postspectacular performance, talk with: Doplgenger (artist duo, Belgrade), André Eiermann (dramaturge, theatre scientist, Cologne), Wermke/Leinkauf (artist duo, Berlin), Moderation: Katrin Mundt (freelance curator, author, Bochum). In english language.

The panel discussed the theoretical and aesthetic framework of performances – those one which are performed live and also the one which are preserved in video. The starting point was the thesis that performances do not depend on the joint physical presence of performers and audience, but rather involve a mediating third party.

The panel was a cooperation with the office 

Panel: Performativity of digital media – on action and participation everywhere 
Talk with: Dries Depoorter (media artist, Gent), Stefan Panhans (artist, Berlin), Julia Scher (artist, professor for multimedia/performance, Cologne), Moderation: Felix Hüttemann (PhD student, Bochum). In english language.

In the constant battle for attention, regarding to the flow of digital image overload, there are usually no winners or losers. Despite constantly optimised methods of self-presentation, it remains unclear who is performing for whom and who is seen by whom. The panel reflects on other (subversive) strategies to react to the ubiquitous retrievability of the unique.

The program of the Videonale and the opening weekend can be found at:

The office was funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund