18 – 21 January 2018
HfK, Am Speicher XI 8, Bremen
In the text ”On the Origin of the Influencing Machine in Schizophrenia” (1919), the Psycho-analyst Viktor Tausk describes a recurring phenomenon of a mystical machine-like mechanism, consisting of typical machine attributes like: bells, levers, cog wheels and whistles, in the testimonies of patients diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The machine works as an external, malicious control agent, manipulating the thoughts and behaviors of the patient. The complexity of its construction always exceeds the patient’s comprehension and is up to date with the latest technology. The Influencing machine projects pictures, adds and removes thoughts, creates motoric phenomena, and indescribable pathological sensations, that altogether represents many of the symptoms associated with Schizophrenia.
While Tausk, like Freud, interpreted Schizophrenia as an ego-deficiency and a weakened notion of the self, which was symptomatically illustrated by how the Influencing-machine interferes with and distributes the patients inner life, Gilles Deleuze and Guattari inversed the concepts in the early 1970’s and defined the idea of the normalized ego and body, detached from the rest of the world, as a paranoid delusion, attributed to psycho-analysis and the oedipal triangulation (mother-father-child). They meant that psychoanalysis was mainly a way to conform the fragmented and nomadic soul to the real illness: the underlying social structures of our society and capitalism in particular. Where Tausk in the Influencing machine found a metaphor for mental illness on the individual level, Deleuze and Guattari saw a social illness and the Influence machine as a potential remedy. Through Schizo-analysis they proposed a productive utilization of the transcending ego, as a way to release suppressed desires and open up new areas of exchange and interaction, where we instead of adapting the psyche to fit the machine, creates machines that works with and through our minds: the Schizo-machines.
The conference Schizotopia will be based around the connection and activation of six different machines in the Auditorium of the HfK in Bremen, representing the six participating Art Universities.
By “machine" we employ the broadest possible definition of the phenomenon, inspired by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s ideas about "Desiring-machines" as described in ”Anti-Oedipus” (1971): organisms driven by collective energy, self-preservation and instinct, consisting of a working part, a driving and part that connects to other machines. To make these connections, each group, consisting of students from the participating schools, needs to adapt their outgoing plug to the next machine’s ingoing contact interface. How the ingoing impulse will affect the function of the next machine, is up to the groups to determine and something that will be implemented and tried out during the conference. The purpose of the machines is to create a perpetual motion, throughout the event and at the same time to produce documentation, records, of as well their own function as the surrounding context. The machines most important function is to connect the participating students and the visitors of the conference in a collective effort to make a working circuit of the six machines. What is produced by the machine works as a necessary distraction, in order to grasp its actual meaning.
Simultaneously with the machine building and operation, lectures will be hold from a podium integrated in the Bremen mother machine. There will also be continuous workshops, both in the Auditorium, and in three satellite spaces at the school: The Foyer, the Conference room and the Segment. In the Segment all documentation is organized and exhibited, the Conference room is for contemplation, discussion and reflection and the Foyer is where nothing can really happen (but everything does).
Graphic designer in Amsterdam, organizer of the REDO conference in Prishtina.
Psychiatrist and researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.
Professor in Psychiatry in Bremen and honorarar professor at HKS in Ottersberg.
Graphic designer in Zürich, professor at HfG in Karlsruhe.
Graphic designer and professor at HfG in Karlsruhe.
Graphic designer in Paris, teacher at ENSBA in Lyon.
Designer and instructor in the PCA Communication Design Department.
Benjamin Thorel, art critic and publisher in Paris, teacher at EBABX in Bordeaux.
Artist in Marseilles and teacher at EBABX in Bordeaux.
Graphic design bureau, London.
Artist and shaman in Stockholm.
Performance artist and musician, Berlin.alterazionivideo.com
Multi-disciplinary creative, teacher at the Temple University and Meme Design School in Tokyo.
Illustrator and illustration historian in Stockholm, professor at KHIO in Oslo.
Product designer and artist in Bruxelles and Geneve.
Theo Barth, anthropologist and professor at KHIO in Oslo.
Graphic designer and professor at KHIO in Oslo.
Graphic Designer, Talinn.
HfK alumni, Graphic Designer and Performance artist.
Engineer and Head of Security at HfK Bremen.
JABOLEX aka Breze Instituut is a three-headed human-machine program for live music performance that was designed in Bremen, Germany. It’s sounds oscillate between primitive kraut repetition, immersive noise studies and shameless party bangers.
Illustrator and artist in Stockholm, professor in Bremen.
|17:00||Introtainment by Bardhi Haliti + Schizotopia folder|
|17:15||Welcome by Rektor Roland Lambrette and Dekanin Andrea Sick|
|19:00||Samuel Nyholm “The Subjective Evolution of Communication”, lecture + hello|
|20:00||"hypnosis" and Amulets by Shaman and Scientist, Schizo-Semiosis|
|20:30||Ceremony of placing Machines in the Auditorium|
|21:30||Performance, Segment 6, Thomas Keiser “zʊnkstudʒekts-tteəriŋs”|
|11:00||Peter Lilienthal and Thomas Knecht, podium discussion about security in the public space|
|12:00||Machine installing, Stephane Barbier Bouvet|
|14:00||Simon Kyaga, lecture|
|16:00||Urs Lehni, „Harmony Joy Bus Ride / Drag Disharmony Hell Ride — Excerpts from a still unfinished Wesley Willis project.“, lecture + sound|
|17:00||Ian Lynam, “Fracture”, lecture + smoke|
|19:00||Åbäke vs. Benjamin Thorel, “bali-balo” Lecture + battle|
|20:00||Jabolex, music performance|
|21:00||Giacomo Porfiri, "Mind the gap between the train and the platform."|
|11:00||Schizoshamanisticexpialidocious, Zoltar, Museum of Consciousness, pages and prophecies|
|14:00||Uwe Gonther, lecture “What´s the Meaning of Schizophrenia”|
|15:00||Sereina Rothenberger and Rebecca Stephany, workshop “Protocol Zero”|
|17:00||"IS THE UNIVERSE CREATED BY AN INTELLIGENT DESIGNER OR BY A CRAZY ARTIST? (The Sha-Maniac State of Mind and The Society's Mind Control)", Dorinel Marc|
|20:00||Robin, Live Set|
|21:00||Qnete, Dj Set|
|13:00 is lunch, arranged with catering to a modest cost.|
|Media & Graphics||Room||Machine||Schizo Semiosis|
|Jonas Bornhorst (Chora)||Nele Mohr (Chora)||Alexander Pfeiffenberger (Chora)||Jörg Riechardt (Chora)|
|Dominik Hirtel||Biarna Diegmüller||Henning Gundlach||Janina Fritz (Chora)|
|Laura McFarlane||Jonas Holst||Daniel Meißner||Yannick Breuer|
|Franziska Eggelmann||Michelle Iyekepolor||Philip Duczek||Ruoxi Du|
|Lara Flues||Sarah Königs||Tsubasa Miyamoto||Thea Mühl|
|Yoriko Seto||Viviane Schuwerack||Guoshu Qin||Sam Rauh|
|Darius Rafii Vardiny||Katrin Vossmann||Bjørg Rühs||Neele Sakautzky|
|xxx||Florian Witt||xxx||Te I Um|