“Media, Embodiment and the Politics of Indeterminancy”

  • Symposium

  • Zellerbach, Room 170

  • May 7-9, 2015

The “Media, Embodiment and the Politics of Indeterminancy” symposium is part of the International Metabody Forum 2015 – “Reversing Cybernetics – Queering Control”

For more info, contact Lisa Wymore at lisawymore@berkeley.edu



Thursday, May 7

6:00-8:00 PM Workshop Performances
by Jaime del Val and Robert Wechsler

Friday, May 8

1:00-2:00 PM Open Studio – Demonstrations

2:00-2:45 PM Metabody Presentation
by Jaime del Val

3:00-4:30 PM Panel Discussion

Moderated by Sheldon B. Smith (Mills College, Dance Artist)
Jaime del Val (Metabody Coordinator)
Adrian Freed (CNMAT, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies)
Ian Heisters (Intermedia Artist)
Teoma Naccarto (Intermedia Artist and Choreographer)
Robert Wechsler (Palindrome, Metabody Partner)

4:30-5:30 PM Reception

6:00 -8:00 PM Installation Performances
by Jaime del Val and Robert Wechsler

Saturday, May 9

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Speech in Action
Informal Performance with Neil Marcus (Disability Culture – Arts Activist) and Guests

1:00-4:00 PM Workshop
“Human-Machine Interaction Through Embodied Sensor Technology”


What is Metabody?

METABODY is a 5-year project starting July 2013, with the support of the European Commission and the participation of 38 partners from 16 countries, coordinated by Reverso.

METABODY will elaborate a critique of the unsustainable tendencies of cultural homogenisation of Information Society and develop new communication technologies that highlight the embodied differences in expression and communication, developing interactive multisensorial laboratories of perception and movement integrated in a mobile experimental interactive/intra-active architectural structure and embodied social network for performances, installations, workshops, seminars, residencies and continuous research, that will tour throughout nine european cities.

The project will undertake a critical study of contemporary aesthetics of control, in which quantification of all activities via reduction to information patterns permeates all areas of life, subduing it increasingly to a regime of control while being presented as a desirable condition.

At the same time Metabody will develop new technological paradigms that take into account the changing differences of bodies, contexts and movements in their irreducibility, valuing and highlighting the importance of unpredictability for a livable life and generating the conditions for a sustainable social ecology.

Read more about Metabody.