Society Must be Hacked Symposium

Final program

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The symposium will be held in the old Shipping Dock of the Wolvenplein prison, and there are certain aspects of this unique space that require some creative maneuvering.

Arrival: Participants should enter through Wolvenplein’s main entrance, where volunteers will be waiting to guide you through the exhibition to the symposium. To avoid congestion, we urge you to arrive prior to 10am, though there will be a volunteer at the entrance throughout day to ensure no one loses their way in the maze of the prison. Please make sure to keep your exhibition ticket on you at all times. Those who registered after March 1st, and thus do not have a ticket via the symposium, can procure their tickets at the office. Tickets can also be purchased online at a discount before hand for €12.50 (€15 at the door). Student discounts are also available online for €9 (€10) with presentation of a current student ID, and the exhibition ticket office only accepts PIN cards.

Exhibition Access & Lunch: After the first lecture there is a short break from 11.45-12.00. From 12.00 to 12.30 the head curator, Ine Gevers, will introduce the exhibition in the symposium space, afterwhich we will collectively exit the Shipping Dock and re-enter the exhibition entrance. Participants can then explore the exhibition at their leisure. From 12.30 onwards, Taste Before You Waste Utrecht will have a table with snacks in the symposium space, which is also on the route of the exhibition tour. If you decide to leave the exhibition for lunch, we ask that you return by 13.45 by re-entering through the main entrance. Lunch ends at 13.45 with Taste Before You Waste’s project presentation. To avoid congestion and delays, we ask that you be back promptly at 13:45, and you are welcome to bring your lunch with you into the symposium space.

WIFI: There are several wifi access points in the Wolvenplein prison, including in Water & Brood and the Village. While there is no open network in available within the symposium space, KPN Fon’s nearby hotspot can provide access to the internet with an account while you are inside the symposium.

 

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Date & Time: Saturday 5 March 2016. 10.00 – 17.00.

Location: Hacking Habitat: Art of Control Exhibition, Wolvenplein Prison, Wolvenplein 27, Utrecht.

Confirmed Speakers: Professor Shannon Winnubst (Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University) and dr. Marc Schuilenburg (Department of Criminal Law & Criminology, VU University Amsterdam). Workshops & Contributions by Femke Snelting (Constant, Brussels), choreographer Katja Heitmann, and dr. Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink (Department of Media & Culture Studies, Utrecht University)

IMPORTANT UPDATE 

Due to high interest in the symposium, those who have not yet registered and received a confirmation e-mail must purchase a ticket to the Hacking Habitat exhibition to attend the symposium. Tickets can be purchased online at a discount before hand for €12.50 (€15 at the door). Student discounts are also available online for €9 (€10) with presentation of a current student ID, and the exhibition ticket office only accepts PIN cards.

 

With Support from: the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University, the Media & Performance Research Group at Utrecht University, CASCO – Office for Art, Design, & Theory, and Taste Before You Waste Utrecht.

Grounding the series as a whole is the March 5th symposium Society Must be Hacked: Revisiting Foucault in a High-Tech World. The symposium coincides with the grand opening of the art exhibition in the former Wolvenplein Prison, and focuses on the abiding relevance of French poststructuralist Michel Foucault’s work on power, discipline, surveillance, and resistance. The resonances between Hacking Habitat’s themes and Foucault’s theoretical legacy are numerous – evidenced in the exhibition’s setting in the decommissioned prison, in our creative investigations of technological surveillance and control, and in our exploration of the modes of resistance – of ‘hacking our habitat(s)’ – that underscore the art manifestation as a whole. After all, ‘hacking’ isn’t limited to cracking digital codes, but includes every form of intervention in a world where virtual and physical realties meet. Hacking is using an instrument in another way than was originally intended, and such figurations of hacking ring through in Foucault’s writings on power and resistance:

As soon as there is a power relation, there is a possibility of resistance. We can never be ensnared by power: we can always modify its grip in determinate conditions and according to a precise strategy. (Foucault, “Non au sexe roi,” Dits et Ecrits 3, Paris: Gallimard, p.267)

Set against Hacking Habitat’s investigations of institutional power, systemic violence, and resistance, Foucault’s statement points to the importance of both critical and transformative explorations.

The Society Must be Hacked symposium is open to the public, but registration is required. Due to high interest in the symposium, those who have not yet registered and received a confirmation e-mail must purchase a ticket to the Hacking Habitat exhibition, which can be purchased online at a discount before hand for  €12.50 (€15 at the door). Student discounts are also available online for €9  (€10) with presentation of a current student ID, and the exhibition ticket office only accepts PIN cards.

Contact lindsay@hackinghabitat.com for event registration, additional inquiries, and to receive e-mail updates to the series programme and symposium schedule.