Transmission in Motion


Robotic Ritual – Job Santé

    The third session of the Transmission in Motion seminar was centred around the topic of “robotic imaginaries”. During the presentations that took part in the session, one project stood out for me, namely the NAO: Re-wired project by the Ulrike Quade Company.[1] Within this project, a so-called NAO robot was deconstructed and rewired…

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The Unbecoming of my Broken Laptop – Pauline Munnich

    What does it mean to design and perform as a robot? In the seminar “Robotic Imaginaries” several speakers discussed how theatre and robots informed each other and how by bringing robots to the theatre it opened up new ways of designing robots and new imaginaries of what robots can be. Where before I…

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“Modding Video Games as the Invention and Intervention of Technological Imaginaries” – Pauline Munnich

    During the seminar “Collaboration and Dissensus in the Experimental Arts and Innovation Policy”, Michael Century discussed how intersections between art and cultural institutions, federal government agencies, and university departments created artistic inventions and critical interventions in the emerging imaginaries of digital culture. Through experiments, artists and scientists sought to explore what new technologies…

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“What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Metaverse’?” – Chris van der Vegt

    Something that came up repeatedly in our discussion on technological imaginaire was the idea of an immersive virtual world or a ‘Metaverse’. ‘Metaverse’ is the name of a product currently in development by Meta, the company previously known as Facebook. At the same time as Meta announced its rebranding at Connect 2021, the…

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“The Apparatgeist of VR and the Logic of Immersion” – Jingzhe Zhang

  One of the many interesting things brought up by Frank Kessler and Imar de Vries in the seminar is the theory of Apparatgeist. Apparatgeist is a neologism coined by James Katz and Mark Aakhus (2002) based on their observation of parallel shifts in communication habits that came out of mobile phone adoption in different…

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“Countering a media imaginary” – Job Santé

    In the first session of this year’s Transmission in Motion seminar (2022-2023) Prof. dr. Frank Kessler and Dr. Imar de Vries introduced and discussed the topic of media imaginaries, imaginary media and media imaginations (Kessler and de Vries 2022). This discussion made me think about the works of Nam June Paik. Paik, known…

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