Nøtel Conference: Luxury Automated City

Trailer Nøtel Cinema curated by Lawrence Lek and Lua Vollaard from The One Minutes on Vimeo.

Saturday 20 October 2018, 14:00-17.00 hrs
Location: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Admission: free
Language spoken: English
Reservations: not needed
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Part of: Stroom School: Nøtel (The Hague)

With: Helen Hester, Adeola Enigbokan and Catelijne Muller, a screening of Nøtel Cinema (in collaboration with The One Minutes) and a pre-recorded interview between Lua Vollaard and Lawrence Lek

The Nøtel Conference will consider the benefits of automation, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity integration proposed by The Hague and envisioned by Nøtel. The Hague is utilizing its international zone as a test bed for the automation of the city. In Nøtel, the imagi­nation of this future is expanded - human workers have all but been abolished by the implementation of AI, smart security is integrated into the fabric of the city, and the modernist ideal of the home as personalized, private property has been exchanged for a model of global standards and perpetual mobility.

Three academics from the fields of urbanism, artificial intelligence, feminism and cybersecurity (Helen Hester, Adeola Enigbokan and Catelijne Muller) respond to the future proposed by the city of The Hague - and the adaptations that may thoroughly transform modern par­adigms of city living. How will we inhabit the luxury automated city? The conference is complemented by an interview between Lawrence Lek and curator Lua Vollaard, as well as a series of video works (Nøtel Cinema) commissioned by Stroom in response to Nøtel (The Hague) through The One Minutes.

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Helen Hester a writer and lecturer whose research inter­ests include technofeminism, sexuality studies, and theories of social reproduction. She is a member of the international femi­nist collective Laboria Cuboniks. She is the author of Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (2014) and Xenofeminism (2018), the co-editor of the collections Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (2015) and Dea ex Machina (2015).
Catelijne Muller is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and member of the High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission. She is founder of ALLAI Nederland, and President of the Thematic Study Group on AI of the European Economic and Social Com­mittee. Muller advocates a human-in-command approach to AI, where humans retain control over AI, and over when and how AI is used in our daily lives - what tasks we transfer to AI, how transparent it is, if it is to be an ethical player.
Adeola Enigbokan is an artist and urbanist. Her research practice is informed by theory and methods from environmental psychology, anthropology and historical studies. She conducts research in neighborhoods of New York, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Mexico City and Amsterdam. Her writing appears in the Journal of Urbanism, Cultural Geographies, The New Inquiry and Art and the Public Sphere.

Nøtel Cinema
A series of video works commissioned by Stroom in response to Nøtel (The Hague) through The One Minutes. Nine filmmakers respond to the speculative proposals of Nøtel, and the future of real estate speculation, automation, and cybersecurity. With contributions by Lilian Nejatpour & Jacob Samuel, Ana Meisel, Martin Menso, Alyona Larionova, Jung-Kyun Shin, Sami Hammana, Floris van Driel, Rachel Povey, and Meggie van Zwieten.

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Lawrence Lek: 'Nøtel (The Hague)' (the server room)
photo: courtesy the artist
Helen Hester, 'Xenofeminism' (2018)