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Hybrid Symposium III
Hybrid Identities
Massimo Canevacci (IT)
Ollivier Dyens (CA)
Carolyn Guertin (CA)
Jens Hauser (FR, DE)
Melanie Puff (DE)

Brucknerhaus Linz


Do we have hybrid sensibilities? Both the robot and the cyborg are hybrids. Humans
lend their mind to the first and their body to the other in the still uneasy coupling of metal and flesh. The very technologies that support us have a tendency to sink into invisibility. The blog could be the soul of the cyborg, of somebody made up of a node and a network. As we blog our daily encounters, we publish ourselves simultaneously with our networks of like-minded persons. Differing from our shadow, our “digital persona” does not merely follow us, it precedes us, as when people “google” each other before they meet.

10:30 - 10:55 Melanie Puff (DE)
curator and critic, author of “Postmoderne und Hybridkultur”

10:55 - 11:20 Ollivier Dyens (CA)
Associate Professor at Concordia University Montreal; founder and webmaster of www.chairetmetal.com and continentx.com, websites dedicated to the study of cyberculture; author of “Metal and Flesh, The Evolution of Man, Technology Takes over”

11:20 - 11:45 Carolyn Guertin (CA)
Currently Senior McLuhan Fellow and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. She is the author of "Quantum Feminist Mnemotechnics: The Archival Text, Digital Narrative and the Limits of Memory", which will be available in a Romanian translation 2006, and Curator of the only online site devoted exclusively to women's born-digital art and literature, "Assemblage".

11:45 - 12:00 Break

12:00 - 12:25 Jens Hauser (DE)

art curator and writer, teaching activity on media theory and intercultural approaches, various conference activities, director of documentary films, sound environments; collaborator with several broadcasting stations; currently involved in two long-term film projects about bioart

12:25 - 12:45 Massimo Canevacci (IT)
professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Rome La Sapienza; visiting professor in Brazil since 1984, where he researches urban and native communication

12:45 - 13:30 Discussion

Moderator: Melanie Puff (DE)

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