SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen
Conference – “Sensing Media: Reconfigurations between Technologies, Bodies and Environments”
Thursday, 14 June 2018 - Friday, 15 June 2018

SENSING MEDIA: RECONFIGURATIONS BETWEEN TECHNOLOGIES, BODIES AND ENVIRONMENTS Ever more sensors surround us and attach to us. They populate smart devices, homes, factories, cars, and cities. They register, chart, and process bodies and environments, allowing for new modes of knowledge as well as forms of control. Sensor-based media capture and analyze human behavior in order to gain a better understanding of their actions and affects. It is therefore worth asking how sensor-based media reconfigure the relation between technologies, (human) bodies and environments. By focusing on the plethora of different sensors that transform devices into smart devices, homes into smart homes, and augment our environments to produce a non-human sensorium, the conference aims to map the contemporary modes of sensor-based sense-making which are deeply intertwined with the promise of the automation of labor, mobility, decisions and knowledge production. Framed as autonomous agents, assistants, companions or surroundings, sensor-based technologies rely on as well as produce continuous data streams that are captured, cleaned, combined, distributed, analyzed and acted upon. As a result, new modes of knowing, interacting and acting emerge between humans and these sensory environments. These will be explored in the conference by addressing a broad range of questions such as: What kinds of knowledge are made possible by the data gathered, processed and enacted through sensor-based media? What types of interaction are prescribed or made possible between humans and sensory environments? How is agency redistributed and experience reconfigured by sensor-based media? How are humans implicated in the processes of automated sense-making and action? Thursday, June 14, 2018 13:30-14:00 Welcome 14:00-15:00 Phase Media: Space, Time and Smart Objects- James Ash 15:00-15:30 Coffee Break 15:30-16:30 Blind Spots- Sam Hind 16:30-17:30 Drone Cartographies: The Operational Map- Mark Andrejevic 17:30-18:00 Coffee Break 18:00-19:00 Intensive Milieus- Marie-Luise Angerer Friday, June 15, 2018 09:30-10:30 Environmental Aesthetics: Nature Writing with Sensor Technologies?- Birgit Schneider 10:30-11:00 Coffee Break 11:00-12:00 Environment as Experiment in Sensing Technology- Jennifer Gabrys 12:00-13:00 Lunch 13:00-14:00 Creative Methodologies for Mapping Data Flows and Infrastructure- Fieke Jansen 14:00-15:00 The Instantaneous Past: On Body Images and Algorithmic Proximity- Dawid Kasprowicz 15:00-15:30 Wrap Up The conference is organized by the graduate school “Locating Media” in cooperation with the collaborative research center “Media of Cooperation“. Participation is free. We however ask you kindly to register at info@locatingmedia.uni-siegen.de


Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH - 217/18
Herrengarten 3
57072 Siegen




Prof. Dr. Tristan Thielmann

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