Hybrid Futures. Speculations by Hito Steyerl, Mike Tyka and Jules LaPlace

The Hybrid Plattform and Futurium invite you to a pioneering new series of events: “Hybrid Futures. The Arts and Sciences – past, present and future”. Selected artists and scientists will get together to talk about the future and how it might play out, starting with:

“Speculations by Hito Steyerl, Mike Tyka and Jules LaPlace”
12th December 2019, 8 pm
Futurium, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin
English with German translation.

The event series will be begin with a conversation between Hito Steyerl, one of the most influential contemporary artists worldwide, and her collaborators, the artificial intelligence (AI) experts Mike Tyka and Jules LaPlace.

What the audience won’t be getting on this evening is a conventional panel discussion.The hybridity of the themes will be matched by the innovativeness of the format. The conversation will be choreographed (moderated by Shelly Kupferberg) and divided into individual sections. It will begin with a look back at the history of the respective disciplines, and their increasing hybridization will be discussed. Then speculations about how scientific disciplines might look in the future will be developed – based on scenarios from the arts and sciences of various past epochs.

In her works Hito Steyerl examines contemporary issues related to the theory and practice of societal and political processes. In doing so she opens up new perspectives, reveals connections and critically questions the current trends of digitalization and globalization. Mike Tyka and Jules LaPlace are developers working on artificial intelligence and machine learning for Google and other companies.

To provide an initial look at the evening’s thematic focus, at 7 pm a tour of the Futurium’s exhibition will be offered with special emphasis on hybrid visions of how the future can be shaped. Note: limited capacity for the tour; please register via the website of the Futurium.

Hybrid Plattform is a collaborative project platform of the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Technische Universität Berlin on the Charlottenburg Campus. It serves to promote interdisciplinary exchange between the arts, sciences and technology.

The Futurium is a house dedicated to the future. Here everything revolves around one question: How do we want to live? In the exhibition visitors can explore many different potential futures, debate with one another in the Forum and try out ideas in the Futurium Lab.