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World Brain: Art installation, film screening and Medea Talk
December 3, 2015 @ 16:00 – December 10, 2015 @ 17:00
World Brain explores a future where we connect to the Internet through neurons in our brains. A future where knowledge comes to us through universal connectivity. A future where we connect not just to each other but to trees and dogs. A future where each cell of your body is connected to each grain of sand in the world.
In the beginning of December, Medea invites you to explore the World Brain—including an installation, a full-length film, and a Medea Talk. See the schedule below.
The art project World Brain has been developed by the French artists Gwenola Wagon and Stéphane Degoutin. It explores the utopian dreams and ideologies that are connected to the development of collective intelligence and the idea of a worldwide network. World Brain sways between documentary, fiction and a how-to guide. It follows the wanderings of a group of researchers who try to survive in the forest using Wikipedia, aiming at nothing less than the creation of an alternative project securing the survival of humankind.
Video: World Brain film trailer
WORLD BRAIN (DEC 3–10)
Grand opening of the art installation
December 3 at 16:00–18:00 (Medea Showroom, Niagara)
The art installation is then open on
December 4 (11:00–14.00)
December 7 (11:00–14.00) – Introduction at 12:30 by Bo Reimer
December 8 (11:00–14.00) – Introduction at 12:30 by Bo Reimer
December 9 (11:00–14.00) – Introduction at 12:30 by Bo Reimer
December 10 (11:00–14.00) – Introduction at 12:30 by Bo Reimer
Free of charge!
Installation scenographer: Amanda Wickman
December 10 at 13:15–14:30 (Niagara, Hörsal B1)
Free of charge!
In conversation with Kerstin Übelacker (director of Ghost Rockets)
December 10 at 15:15–17:00 (Niagara, Hörsal B1)
The world brain as a modern myth
In an interview for Jitter Magazin, artists Wagon and Degoutin describe the idea of a world brain as a modern myth that they don’t actually believe in. But, the ideas that comprise this myth are ubiquitous in how we see the world today and in the way we project ourselves into the future:
The idea of a world brain can be understood as the interlacing point for all sorts of ways of considering the world: […] information conceived as a universal matter, running through everything; the central nervous system seen as the most important organ defining the human itself; the desire for a universal means of communication which would bypass the limitations of existing means (what we would call “universal connectivity”); last but not least, the promise to communicate directly through the inside of the brain, bypassing the filter of consciousness.
What if we push the logic of our times to an extreme? We could keep our bodies, but each cell would be connected to each grain of sand in the world, each atom in the universe … The perspective of merging with the whole universe is indeed scary.
—Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon