Talks

Nanopoetica night 
Alex Ben-Ari
Book Launch Event for the Second Hebrew Anthology of Conceptual Poetry

Wednesday  |  20.11  |  20:00 - 21:30 

Max Machines and Crafts

A celebration of poetry and art in honor of the second Hebrew Anthology of Conceptual Poetry.  The program includes Waze and Tinder poetry, Ted Talk poetry, new stories by Shai Agnon, new Haiku poems by Basho, wordless poems, poems transformed into fruits, News-Site poetry, and Search History poetry, among others. As part of the event, we’ll celebrate the opening of a mini-exhibition of works from the anthology, with a panel of the artists. The exhibition is a tribute to Saul Levitt, the avant-garde conceptual artists, in which contemporary Israeli artists produce a pencil and paper version of one of his famous Wall Drawings.
The event will be held in Hebrew .

 
How to See One Billion Images?
A conversation with Lev Manovich

Tuesday  |  19.11  |  20:30 - 22:00 

Max Machines and Crafts

The explosive growth of social media and cultural content on the web along with the digitization of historical cultural artifacts opened up exciting new possibilities to observe the unseen and to discover patterns and histories in the analysis of cultural trends. Manovich will present the ways he has been exploring the use of big data methods to study contemporary visual culture, in projects such as a comparison between 2.3 million Instagram images from 13 global cities (phototrails.net), an interactive installation exploring Broadway street in NYC using 30 million data points and images, an analysis of one million artworks from the largest network for “user-generated art” (deviantart.com), and visualization of one million pages from manga books. He will discuss the intersection of data science, media art, and design, and how using big cultural data helps us question our existing assumptions about culture.

 
How to Legally Steal Strangers’ DNA?

Thursday |  21.11  |  19:30 - 20:30 

Max Machines and Crafts

 
A conversation with Heather Dewey-Hagborg
moderated by Mushon Zer-Aviv

In this conversation, Heather Dewey-Hagborg will present and discuss her biopolitical art practice including her series of works on  DNA, anonymity, and surveillance, most famous among them is Stranger Visions (2012-2014) - a series of portrait sculptures based on the analysis of DNA found in discarded objects, such as hair, cigarette butts, and chewed gum, as well as her latest work which examines the relationship between biohacking and intimacy and the biological roots of love.

How to Create Art With an Army of Bots?
A conversation with Constant Dullaart 
Moderated by Danielle Kaganov

In a time where everybody is their own brand, broadcasting on dedicated media like Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, social capital becomes the commodity of an attention economy. How can we make artworks truly reflect on our changing cultures, while fake news, propaganda, and post-truth phenomena are hijacking the attention economy by using its own, baked-in capitalist structure? How can a mere artwork reflect this complex and heavily fluctuating landscape, and how can it manifest itself in an exhibition? Dullaart will discuss his practice and recent works in which he uses the notion of the start-up, bought social media followers reciting poetry, distributed images, bot armies, and encryption to highlight our contemporary materiality. 

Thursday |  21.11  |  20:30 - 21:30  

Max Machines and Crafts