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U_Electric talks: The future of the digital identity

Stepping into the tradition of pitch presentation formats such as “Pecha Cucha”, “Lightning Talks” and “Nerd Nite”, UE is introducing a new virtual format: U_Electric talks.

Starting this summer term, every semester five interdisciplinary talks will be conducted on topics including the digital society, artificial intelligence and business, creative arts and technology as well as innovation and the next generation digital learning environment.

Inventive spirit and curiosity at UE drive us to explore, unite cross-disciplinary knowledge and to offer research topics to a public audience. 

The talks and Q&A sessions will last 15 minutes each and will be held by UE professors and expert guests. They will also be live-streamed via the UE Facebook channel.


10 June 2020 – Prof. Katharina Mayer | Rana Öztürk (UE Berlin)
Analog deceleration and digital compression

The coronavirus has forced us into quarantine and home offices which has made us reassess the value of silence. This drastic event is used in many areas to think about reforms and raises questions about one's own identity in relation to the (digital) world. In our U_Electric Talk series we think about the future of digital identity and open a discourse with colleagues and guests who talk about their findings in 15-minute live streams.

15 June 2020 – Guest: Horst Wackerbarth
Questions about digital and analog authenticity

"I am afraid that I can contribute little to nothing on the subject. The future of digital identity may be for people's communication and play a practical role but not for me as an artist ...All attempts to establish the red couch as an avatar, as an alter ego on the Internet I have consistently refused. Images on the monitor do not return my view and become interchangeable and arbitrary. The original image belongs in the hand and on the wall, framed, on paper, in the book and in the exhibition. This is the only way the silent image enters into a dialogue with the viewer...The creed for art: Instead of digital identity, prefer analog authenticity!"

22 June 2020 – Guest: Dr. Emanuel Mir (State Office for Visual Arts from NRW, Cologne, Münster)
Digital identity from the deficit of the real world

When artists deal with the modes of communication and content of social media, they mostly pursue two main concerns: either they want to draw attention to themselves and use the digital possibilities to market and establish their work, or they dismantle the rules and the logic of the said social medias to expose their manipulative mechanisms. In the first case, the artist builds a digital identity out of a deficit in the "real" world, in the second case he acts as a watchful observer in a general social-media development, its knitting cases (self-stylisation, "mission-consciousness ", Egotrip, etc.) he parodied them.

29 June 2020 – Prof. Dr. Iris Lorscheid
Dark Data. - Stories about the potentials and risks of data

Worldwide we collect far more data than we can process. Large amounts of so-called "dark data" therefore slumber in our servers. New perspectives and the continuous development of new analysis methods direct our attention to dark data, which can also reach far into the past. This leads to many fears, but also holds great potential - not only from a business perspective. The talk discusses which paths dark data have already taken and which they might still take.

13 July 2020 – Prof. Dr. Jiré Gözen
In the digital space

Since its formation as an independent scientific discipline, media science has dealt with the changes, fragmentations and dissolution of identity and reality through new (media) technologies as well as the emergence of the individual and society in the digital space. The considerations developed in theory were among others taken up by the authors of Cyberpunk Science Fiction, artistically played through on the level of extrapolated future worlds and further developed. In my contribution, I would like to briefly present the reflections on digital identity that have arisen in order to subsequently question and discuss them in relation to the present.

We look forward to your participation in our Facebook channel.

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