Dr. Gabriele Gramelsberger
FU Institute of Philosophy


"Anthropothechnical Spaces & Mappings. Transformations of Human Orientation"
2007, February 21-23, Podewill Berlin

The human experiencing of pervasively technicized worlds and changing environments is increasingly coorganized by way of medial systems and synthesizing artifacts - like GIS, GPS, informational databases, multimedia documentations, bookmark lists etc. These and other new artifacts functioning like maps enable concrete as well as abstract movements in the manifold flow spaces linked to new "postindustrial" infrastructures. In reaction to this new situation the aim of the conference is to move the focus beyond traditional forms of (geographical) maps. As a starting point and acknowledging the new realities of the ´second media age´ a widened concept of "map" is proposed, describing them as topologically structured ensembles of representations and information used in different forms of - ultimately human - orientation and navigation.

At the same time maps - as they occupy an ever more central role in a technically restructured life-world - question any naive view of human actors. Maps here provide access via representation, thereby enabling participation (- or control). The lack of a specific map or the lack of access to them in contrast often means handicap or exclusion. Different and alternative mappings are linked to different actor positions within techno-social universes. Taken their increasing importance and use it seems timely and fruitful to examine how maps generate cultural coherence, articulate and shape local ontologies and articulate changing - possibly conflicting - images of man. Taken the Background of pervasive technological shifts this cannot be done without examining the resonant interaction between new technologies and the technologies of mapping and their new signatures of symbolization, indexicality and positionality.

Symposium Programme
Wednesday, 2007, February 21 - Anthropotechnical Spaces & Maps - Orientation

15:00 - 18:00h
- Welcome and Introduction
- Sybille Krämer, FU Berlin: The Construction of Space by Maps. Some Reflections on Mapping as a Cultural Technique
- Lisa Parks, University of California, Santa Barbara/WiKo, Berlin: Obscure Objects of Media Studies
- Zorah-Mari Bauer, University of Essen: Living Spaces - Information Spaces. Mobile Communities and their Location Based Social Tools (Project Presentation)

19:00 - 20:30h Public Lecture
- Nigel Thrift, Warwick University: Cultural Cartography - New Cultural Spaces

Thursday, 2007, February 22 - Anthropotechnical Spaces & Maps - Smart Environments

9:00 - 13:00h
- Gabriele Gramelsberger, FU Berlin: Smart Dust Revolution - Sensing the Environment
- Norbert Streitz, Fraunhofer Institute Darmstadt: Smart Spaces make People Smarter
- Georg Vracholitis, ETH Zürich: The Metaphor of Evolution and the Structuring of Architectural Spaces
- Lukas Feireiss, FU Berlin: New Babylon Reloaded. Performative Spatial Concepts Yesterday and Today

14:00 - 18:00h
- Gesa Henselman, Konstanz University: Satellite Based Scouts
- Anil K. Jain, Munich: Self-Reflexions on Digital Identity - Dystopia and Utopian Spaces in the Field of Biometrics
- Petra Gehring, TU Darmstadt: Imbodiment of the Control Zone: On Digital Topo-Technologies of Dangerousness

20:30h tesla salon: vorgestellt -- 'recomputing space', rodrigo derteano

Friday, 2007, February 23 - Anthropotechnical Spaces & Maps - Networks

10:00 - 14:00h
- Torsten Meyer/Stephan Münte-Goussar, Hamburg University/MultiMediaStudio: Project Teaser "study-log" (Hyperdocumentation)
- Oliver L. Schultz, FU Berlin: InfraMaps - Getting to Grips with New Infrastructures, Socio-cultural Ontologies and Positional Interfaces
- Sebastian Gießmann, HU Berlin: "There's no geography down there." Anthropology, Topology and the London Tube Map
- Adrian Mackenzie, Lancaster University: Space and Spectrum: Generating Conjunctive Relations in Wireless Computation

15:00 - 18:00h
- Christina Ljungberg, ETH Zürich: Mapping as Meshwork - New Strategies for New Spaces
- Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University: Mapping Code/Spaces
- Petra Ilyes, Frankfurt University: Technical Road Maps - Circulation of IT Key Categories
19:00 - 20:30h Public Lecture
- Mark Poster, University of California Irvine: Mapping Global Spaces: Digital Technologies of Power

20:30 h, tesla kubus: weathering, by akemi takeya / ulf langheinrich

tesla media art programme, 2007, February 21-23
18:00 - 22:00h, tesla open studio: glass trap -- filming the void, by adam donovan
18:00 - 23:00h, tesla video programme: mauerpark, by stadtmusik: sam auinger / dietmar offenhuber / hannes strobl

Organised by: Oliver Lerone Schultz, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Sybille Krämer, Institute of Philosophy, FU Berlin

Supported by: VolkswagenStiftung

Location: Tesla/Podewils`sche Palais, Klosterstraße 68-70 - 10179 Berlin