Tracing Information Society – A Timeline (ongoing)
Print, dimensions: 17m x 1,5m
The timeline is a large-scale print that traces the evolution of our shared techno-political realities. Roughly 500 entries draw attention to events and genealogies from the fields of art, culture, media, politics, economy, technology, and social life that diverse perspectives see as having shaped the development of the ‘Information Society’. The goal of this impossibly-comprehensive project is not to produce a new master narrative. Rather, it provides a framework for inquiry that is, at the same time, internally coherent and open to heterogeneous inputs and outputs, providing complementary and competing pathways through an expansive and shifting terrain. The timeline is an evolving document, accumulating the contingent history of its own making. At each show, a new version is presented, incorporating feedback from previous shows and workshops, expanding the range of experiences and perspectives it incorporates without ever achieving completeness.
Technopolitics is an independent, transdisciplinary platform of artists, journalists, researchers, designers and developers who jointly develop innovative formats at the intersection of art, research, science, and pedagogy. Technopolitics was launched as an online discussion group by Armin Medosch and Brian Holmes in 2009. In 2011, it was set up in Vienna as a circle that regularly meets for lectures and discussions. Technopolitics produces interdisciplinary conferences and artistic research projects internationally. An important common objective is the investigation of large-scale historical processes structured by technoeconomic paradigms from a critical, explorative standpoint. We use transdisciplinary approaches to connect these processes to the cultural forms of the respective historical moment and place, including the participants’ own work.
Technopolitics Working Group: John Barker, writer | Sylvia Eckermann, artist | Doron Goldfarb, computer scientist | Volkmar Klien, artist, composer | Gerald Nestler, artist, writer | Felix Stalder, sociologist, cultural theorist | Axel Stockburger, artist, researcher | Gerald Straub, applied cultural theorist, curator, artist | Thomas Thaler, science journalist | Ina Zwerger, science journalist.