Psyched – Our Informatization


17.00 - 21.00

The workshop is open to students of the Athens School of Fine Arts. The workshop will take place in English language.

In order to participate please send an email labeled “Psyched” to until Friday 17.4.2015 to receive some of the texts for prior reading.

The workshop wants to investigate our psycho-physiological indeptedness to the highly synthetic lifes we lead: while in Fordism the human body was attached to an external mechanical machinery, and while Post-Fordism’s taught us that we ourselves are to be serviceable machines, financialized capitalism seems to not primarily be interested in creating new forms of human labour at all. Rather, it seems that labour serves as the default option of a global life that consists in a (defected) algorythmic structure, an informationized, digitized and codified mode of existence. And with this code-ification of life comes an aesthetic that beautifies its relentless affirmationism.

We will examine the prosthetics of life under digitized capital, to be able to envision where the dysfunctional potentials of those prosthetics might lie, where its aesthetics might crack.



N. Katherine Hayles, Tech-TOC: Complex Temporalities in Living and Technical Beings (2014) (up to chapter Modeling TOC)

Ali Dur / McKenzie Wark, New New Babylon, October Magazine, Digital Art, Autumn (2011).

Florian Cramer, What is the Post-Digital? (2013)

Spike Art Magazine RoundtableHistory in a Time of Hypercirculation. Discussion with Dis, Hito Steyerl, Kolja Reichert and Susanne von Falkenhausen (2015)

Kerstin Stakemeier (*1975, Munich/Berlin) is a teacher and a writer. She works as an associate professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and writes a.o. for Texte zur Kunst, Artforum, Springerin, May, Artforum and Grey Room and works on questions of political and economic media specificities of artistic production since 1900. She was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie and initiated the “Space for Actualization” in Hamburg (with Nina Köller). In 2012 she published “Painting-The Implicit Horizon” (with Avigail Moss) in 2014 “Power of Materials/Politics of Materiality” (with Susanne Witzgall), in 2015 “Fragile Identities” (with Susanne Witzgall) and “A-Autonomy” (with Marina Vishmidt) will come out. In 2016 her monograph “Ent-Ver-Kunst-ung. Dramatisierungen der Kunst” is published with b_books Polypen Berlin.

Supported by the DAAD Programme: Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education 2014 – 2016 / A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)