The Research Center for Proxy Politics aims to explore and reflect upon the nature of medial networks and their actors, that is, machines and things as well as humans. The proxy, a decoy or surrogate, is today often used to designate a computer server acting as an intermediary for requests from clients. Originating in the Latin procurator, an agent representing others in a court of law, proxies are now emblematic of a post-representational political age, one increasingly populated by bot militias, puppet states, ghostwriters, and communication relays. During the period of the project (September 2014 to August 2017) the center will host a series of workshops at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, revolving around a wide range of relevant topics including the politics of digital networks, the political economy of crypto-currencies, the genealogy of networked thought, the mediality of physical landscapes and strategies of opacity. The center will also conduct material, experimental, investigations into the conception and construction of alternative networks, or alternets.

(Lecture) 10/01 2017  5 - 9 pm @ Hardenbergstr. 33, Hörsaal 158

Automated Participation and the Proof of Communication

Luciana Parisi

A workshop entitled “Data-synthesis and the end of design in computational architecture” will start at 5 pm. Luiana Parisi will talk about examples and implementation of algorithms in design.
The workshop will be followed by the lecture “Automated Participation and the Proof of Communication” starting at 8 pm in the auditorium (Hörsaal 158).
Data-oriented machine intelligence no longer relies on responsive feedback but involves the automated ability of knowing how to activate the learning functions of algorithms in order to obtain proof of communication.  If what was simply feedback response has now become automated participation, it is because algorithmic rules have acquired the capacity to prove that communication needs no subject, content, or propositions. The talk will discuss the politics of machines in this 3rd order of cybernetic control.