Uncertainty Seminar #1 with Andrew Norman Wilson

Thursday 12 January 2017, 18.00 - 21.30 hrs
Location: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
€ 7,50 (incl. soup and a drink)
Students upon presentation of student card: € 5,-
Free for We are Public members
RSVP: reserveren@stroom.nl
Language spoken: English
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Screening, reading and talk
Ibo van de Poel, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor of Ethics and Technology at the TU Delft will join the conversation.

With the Uncertainty Seminars Stroom Den Haag launches a new series of activities as part of the program Attempts to Read the World (Differently). Along with thinkers, makers and doers, Stroom explores the idea of 'uncertainty' as a possible cultural strategy in a variety of events. Instead of our standardized fear for the unknown and prevention of uncertainty, the Uncertainty Seminars propose the power and value of the detour, in-betweenness and hesitation as unique and underappreciated tools to rethink fixed patterns.

In this first edition of the Uncertainty Seminars the American artist Andrew Norman Wilson centers a program around philosophy and film to unravel the role uncertainty plays in his work. According to Wilson being a person means being paranoid that you might be a puppet of some other force, like economic networks, or algorithms or genetic coding. Through the use of puppets, both computer generated and hand made, his recent work conflates scientific visualization and cinematic technique to reconstruct science as a cultural practice.
At Stroom, along with these new video works, Wilson presents a curated program of puppet-oriented videos that come from beyond the realm of contemporary art. In these works formal uncertainty is produced through anthropomorphism, bodily fragmentation, and physically impossible scenarios. summoning the primordial logics of projection, absorption and presentness to ask "What can a body do?"

Following Wilson's reading, Ibo van de Poel will join him in conversation. Van de Poel is a professor of Ethics and Technology at the TU Delft and runs the new department Values, Technology & Innovation (VTI).
Van de Poel thinks of new technologies as a sort of social experiment, through which our thinking and coping evolve. How can we make way for a much-needed, more constructive role of ‘uncertainty' in science and policy making? 

The new Stroom series is named after Uncertainty Seminars: Group Therapy by Andrew Norman Wilson, a video installation in various forms from 2013. In a visual quest for the essence of well-being Wilson unravels the uncertainty of our times and the spiritual, psycho-analytical, medicinal and sometimes petty forms of healing human beings develop in order to survive. The work is an emblem for the potential of 'not knowing', and constitutes the crucial link to a more fundamental deconstruction of uncertainty as the driving force behind Wilson's artistic practice.

Andrew Norman Wilson (USA, 1983) uses radical alternatives to reveal the hidden stuctures behind power, technology and capital. In 2011 he kicked off his artistic practice with the controversial Workers leaving the Googleplex. In installations, video works and workshops Wilson analyzes the way we think about the emotional, social and ecological crises the world is facing. Recently his work was featured in publications like Frieze, Wired and e-flux journal, and in exhibitions like Dreamlands in Whitney Museum of American Art, the Gwangju Biennial (2016), the Berlin Biennial (2016).

Uncertainty Seminars - Group Therapy from Andrew Norman Wilson on Vimeo.

design The Rodina
Andrew Norman Wilson
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Andrew Norman Wilson (r) and Ibo van de Poel (l)
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Andrew Norman Wilson, 'Baby Sinclair (The Unthinkable Bygone)', 2015
photo: courtesy the artist
Andrew Norman Wilson, 'The Unthinkable Bygone', video still
photo: courtesy the artist
Andrew Norman Wilson, 'Reality Models', video still
photo: courtesy the artist
Attempts to Read the World (Differently)
photo: design: The Rodina