A lecture by
A video-sound installation by
Nika Son and Helena Wittmann
A discussion between
Stefan Helmreich and Theresa George
Stefan Helmreich will be giving a lecture on the scientific domestication of waves and their (wild) mythological background. It's role will have to be examined. Following his thoughts, Nika Son and Helena Wittmann will present a video-sound-installation: Ocean waves are sound waves are light waves. Finally, Theresa George and Stefan Helmreich will be talking about questions and memories that emerge between rhythm, space and language. (Lecture and discussion will be in english.)
Stefan Helmreich is Elting E. Morison Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His research examines the works and lives of biologists thinking through the limits of ‘life’ as a category of analysis. He has written two ethnographies on the topic: “Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World (1998)” is about computer modeling in the life sciences and looks at the social and simulated worlds of Artificial Life. In “Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas (2009)” we can follow him to the deep sea and microscopic worlds of marine biologists. Currently he is working on wave science, in domains ranging from oceanography to cosmology to medicine to acoustics to social theory.
Nika Breithaupt alias Nika Son, born 1981 in Bad Berleburg, originally studied Painting at The Hochschule für Künste Bremen, before transfering to The Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK), finally graduating predominantly as a sound artist and musician. She is influenced by the Musique Concrète and in her compositions she combines manipulated field recordings, tape-loops, synthesizer-sequences and radio waves. Further information at www.nikason.de
Helena Wittmann, born 1982 in Neuss, originally studying Spanish and Media Studies in Erlangen and Hamburg, she went on to attend The Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK) between 2007–2014. In her films and within her artistic practice, rooms constitute much more than just bare venues of a storyline. She questions and contextualises the boundaries of these rooms, in them, with them, on them and along them. Further information at www.helenawittmann.de
Theresa George, born 1984 in Cottbus, studied Anthropology, Politics and Journalism at The University Leipzig between 2005–2013. She continues her academic pursuit of a critical and self-reflective anthroplogy, which leads her to interdisciplinary collaborations and continuous social mediations. Her main interests are forms and genres of contemporary production of knowledge and culture, in both the global and post-colonial contexts.