Community College: The Black Box Issues

Kunsthalle Wien

Risking translations of what is only partly understood

The Community College is Kunsthalle Wien’s open space for reflection and action. Since the open call (“Could there be an affectionate feminist algorithm?”) in spring, 2019, the group explores emancipated ways to approach technological and other black boxes.
From 20/9 – 28/9 2019 it activates the discursive space of the exhibition Hysterical Mining with a reading session, open gatherings and workshops that invite people to work together on diverse ‘translations’ of the inner processes of black boxes. In the sense of “staying with the trouble” (Donna Haraway), we do not shy away from creating productive confusion and suggesting cheerful exercises for a life in complexity. The goal is to initiate a discourse on the impact of black boxes and the need for democratic regulation.

Find the complete program with guests like Shermin Voshmgir, Jaya Klara Brekke, Dagmar Fink and Ruth Catlow here.
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What is a black box? A system whose internal processes evade critical scrutiny or overwhelm our perception capacities with simply too much data? Are they technological devices, unmanageable social networks and automated economic systems? Is it my smartphone, crypto currencies, or even the view of things from the perspective of another person? What relationships do we maintain with black boxes and how do they entangle us? What prejudices and discriminations are (consciously or unintentionally) programmed into them and amplified by feedback loops within an unequal society? Can we answer these questions if the complex mechanisms that run the game of input/output-relations are not completely understood?

After ideas by István Antal, Fedra Benoli, Sara Bissen, Astrid Edlinger, Anne Faucheret, Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Carola Fuchs, Daniela Hinderer, Pauline Hosse-Hartmann, Andrea Hubin, Maria Kanzler, Radostina Kostadinova, Luana Marina, Marianna Mondelos, Hektor Peljak, Katja Stecher, Eleanor Taylor and by many more ...

Admission EUR 2
Free with exhibition ticket or annual ticket and for Community College members.

Language depending on the participants German and/or English.

All events take place at the Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz venue – in the discursive space of the current exhibition Hysterical Mining.

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz
Treitlstraße 2
1040 Vienna, Austria

More info:
Community College
The Black Box Issues
Exhibition & full program Hysterical Mining

Kunsthalle Wien Community College : The Black Box Issues


20. September 2019 - 28. September 2019
Kunsthalle Wien, Karlsplatz, Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Wien