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weekend reading

This week was mainly structured by ourselves in Janne‘s dramaturgy class- which is great! Spending a week with dramaturgy and thinking about the concepts, we would like to realize during our masters or at the very end of our studies, was pretty nice. Introducing our different concepts to one another was a real wow-moment to me. I realized again, that we are quite a cool gang of students. So: High five to us.

I spend my week mostly reading about work and what one could to avoid it. So, i read a few anarchists from the 80ies, most popular this essay by Bob Black, which already starts with a BOOM!: Read more

weekend reading

So, hello again. As my first week got such great feedback by thousands of readers, I have the great pleasure to go again.

As we talked about immersion, hypermediacy and transparency this week and played the great game Stories Untold to be more aware of those theoretical concepts, the concept of immersion also crossed my way in Sarah Masons Text on gamification in the gig economy.

The algorithm is at the heart of the ride-hailing game, and of the coercion that the game conceals. In their foundational text Algorithmic Labor and Information Asymmetries: A Case Study of Uber’s Drivers, Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark write: “Uber’s self-proclaimed role as a connective intermediary belies the important employment structures and hierarchies that emerge through its software and interface design.” “Algorithmic management” is the term Rosenblat and Stark use to describe the mechanisms through which Uber and Lyft drivers are directed. To be clear, there is no singular algorithm. Rather, there are a number of algorithms operating and interacting with one another at any given moment. Taken together, they produce a seamless system of automatic decision-making that requires very little human intervention.

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Artist Talk: Heiko Kirschner – Research Based Art und Temporalisierung von Wissen

(This coming week’s talk will be in German.)

Heiko wird uns einen Einblick in seine momentane wissenschaftliche Forschungsarbeit zur temporalisierung von Wissen in Pioniergemeinschaften geben und ueber die Rolle von Research Based Art in Wissenschaft und Kunst referieren.

Heiko Kirschner arbeitet seit Mai 2018 als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Projektangestellter) am Zentrum für Kommunikations- Medien- und Informationswissenschaften der Universität Bremen im DFG-Projekt “Pioniergemeinschaften: Die Quantified-Self- und Maker-Bewegung als kollektive Akteure tiefgreifender Mediatisierung”. Zuvor war er Research Assistant am Human-Drone Interaction Lab der University of Southern Denmark (SDU) und Mitarbeiter im DFG-Projekt “Mediatisierung als Geschäftsmodell III” (Schwerpunktprogramm 1505 Mediatisierte Welten) an der Universität Wien. Nach seinem Masterstudium der sozialwissenschaftlichen Innovationsforschung an der TU Dortmund war er wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für allgemeinse Soziologie an der TU Dortmund und wissenschaftlich geprüfte Hilfskraft im DFG-Projekt “Skopische Medien” (Schwerpunktprogramm 1505 Mediatisierte Welten) an der Universität Konstanz.


Monday, 3rd of December 2018, 20:00


Room 1.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11, Berlin

weekend reading

It’s time to take over! Friedrich’s time on the weekend reading spot is over (for now) and now we students are in charge. Me gusta!

I thought, it could be nice to introduce myself before I write my first blog post on this blog, so: HI! I am Fabian, formerly finished a Double Master Degree in Frankfurt (Oder) and Istanbul, wrote my thesis about migration narratives in German pop music and also worked a little in the political field, before I decided that I would rather like to work in a theatrical context. And to add something more private: The last concert I went to were those lovely people.

This week, I saw Simon Stones piece “Griechische Trilogie” at Berliner Ensemble, which focuses on the role of women in Greek dramas. This reminded of the amazing Zündfunk Generator (which is a recommendation in general) podcast episode about women in Tech- maybe because we also had a daily coding task on our schedule. Nonetheless, all of that came together as I read Kate Julian’s longread Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?where she looks at almost every aspect of the topic.
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weekend reading

This week’s weekend marks the end of my own editorial shift as I will be giving over control to the students. So I get to do whatever I want one last time.

I’ll start of with the best story that has ever been published on the internet. Behold, the unfathomable story of Boatmurdered:

This elephant has killed so many guys he has a fucking full on last name and title now. But one of the dogs finally knocked him unconscious.


Continuing with the list of bestest best texts that have ever been publish in distinct media, here’s the best newspaper article that has ever been printed (in german): Vergesst eure Leitkultur (by Hans Georg Soeffner).

Daraus folgt: Die Vergrößerung des Wachstums- und Handlungspotentials pluraler Vergesellschaftungsformen wird erkauft mit einem hohen Maß an Fragilität des Zusammenhaltes. Staatsbürgerliche Selbstverpflichtung und Toleranz auf der einen und Fundamentalismus auf der anderen Seite sind die beiden Extreme, die auf die fragile Struktur solcher offenen Gesellschaften antworten.

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Artist Talk – Archie Wonderwood, Soziale Architektur und ihre Konstitution — NEUER TERMIN! —

Die Studierenden des Studienganges Spiel und Objekt nehmen sich dem Phänomen der sozialen Architektur, in ihrer physischen Gestalt auf der Terasse der HfS, an. Gemeinsam wollen wir über dessen gegenwärtige Situation diskutieren. Seit einigen Tagen ist unser Gast in seiner jetztigen Ausformulierung auf dieser Welt vorhanden. Jedoch fehlt Archie Wonderwood noch eine Position, um sich in den kollektiven Strukturen unserer Hochschule wiederfinden und einbinden zu können.

Wie geht es weiter mit dem kleinsten Raum, der auf dem Schulgelände der HfS Position bezogen hat? Was sind Wonderwoods Beweggründe unter uns zu verweilen? Was sind die Anforderungen an uns Studierende, die Archie nun in dieses Netzwerk der HfS einbeziehen wollen?

Ihr seid herzlich eingeladen, Archie Wonderwoods Zukunft mitzuverhandeln und Zinnes neuestem Mitglied ein herzliches Stelldichein zu bereiten.

Da Wonderwoods Karriere und Lebensführung erst kürzlich begonnen haben, wird an dieser Stelle auf eine Biographie verzichtet.

Wer mit Archie in Verbindung treten und über seine Zukunft reden möchte, nutze bitte diesen Discord-Channel:
Discord ist eine Kommunikations-App und kann hier kostenlos heruntergeladen oder online genutzt werden.


Montag, 26. November 2018, 20:00


Room 1.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11. Berlin

weekend reading

It’s a historical weekend for this country.  It also marks the end of our two-week long social architecture seminar. Let’s take the opportunity to compile some reading on architectural infrastructure and political implications.

We’ll start with Dietmar Offenhuber’s talk from the 2016 Design and the City symposium in Amsterdam (via titled A Case for Accountability-Oriented Design:

For an economist, a public good is defined as “non-rivalrous” and “non-excludable,” meaning, respectively, that one can consume it without reducing its value to others and that nobody can be excluded from its consumption. While public roads were never truly non-rivalrous (think of traffic jams and potholes), sensor networks and algorithmic settlement systems such as the Bitcoin blockchain provide the tools that can make physical roads excludable by measuring and billing the distance driven, and if necessary enforcing violations, as Scott Rosenberg notes.


The Retune festival has started to make their talks available online. Here’s Evan Roth talking about Landscape, Signal and Empire, and here are his slides.

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Artist Talk – Bager Akbay, AI, Art and Performance

Please join us this coming Monday for an artist talk by Bager Akbay from Istanbul.

Bager will be talking about his use of Artificial Intelligence Technology in Art and Design Projects, its connections with and implications for theater and puppetry.

He studied Communication Design at Istanbul and Interface Cultures at Linz Art University, Austria. After his studies at Black Theater as an actor and puppeteer, Bager started to give lectures at various universities on his field and provided consultance to companies within the design sector in the last 10 years. Today, he lives an experimentialist life between art and science, doing artwork at his studio iskele47, Istanbul.


Monday, 12th of November 2018, 20:00


Room 1.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11, Berlin


weekend reading

So much to read, so little weekend…

Probably one of the best articles on the continuing debate on whether or not we should talk to the Nazis comes courtesy of Aleksandar Hemon on

The public discussion prompted by the (dis)invitation confirmed to me that only those safe from fascism and its practices are far more likely to think that there might be a benefit in exchanging ideas with fascists. What for such a privileged group is a matter of a potentially productive difference in opinion is, for many of us, a matter of basic survival. The essential quality of fascism (and its attendant racism) is that it kills people and destroys their lives—and it does so because it openly aims so.


Geroge Lakoff, who wrote the fantastic Metaphors we live by, together with Gil Duran argues for a shift in journalistic practices away from analyzing the day to day distractions of a nationalist leader to uncovering the larger patterns of policy (on

Trump’s success is rooted in the media’s tendency to amplify, rather than analyze, his tactics. Like a pickpocket who distracts your attention with one hand while the other hand takes your wallet, he knows what he’s doing. When Trump tries to keep them busy debunking sprees of lies, good reporters should pivot to focus on the relevant truth.

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Artist Talk – Choreography, Mohamad Abbasi

Our friends and colleagues from HZT are presenting an artist talk by Mohamad Abbasi:

Begegnung mit Mohamad Abbasi
Der Studiengang Choreographie lädt in der kommenden Woche zu zwei Veranstaltungen mit Mohamad Abbasi, Choreograph und Kurator für zeitgenössischen Tanz aus Teheran, ein.
Im Jahr 2010 gründete er das Invisible Center for Contemporary Dance (ICCD) um Workshops, Jam Sessions, Research und Tanzfilmvorführungen zu organisieren. Darüberhinaus leitet er das jährlich stattfindende Undergroundfestival UNTIMELY, das einzige Festival für zeitgenössischen Tanz in Iran.
Ziel des ICCD ist es, zeitgenössischen Tanz in Iran bekannt zu machen und Möglichkeiten des Austauschs für Interessierte zu schaffen. Seit seiner Gründung haben rund 800 Menschen an den Workshops von Mohamad Abbasi teilgenommen und zahlreiche Lehrer aus dem Ausland am ICCD unterrichtet. Formal und ästhetisch sehr eingeschränkt konnte Tanz in den vergangenen Jahren lediglich extrem zensiert stattfinden. Ein neues Verständnis von zeitgenössischem Tanz wächst derzeit in Iran heran.
Open Lecture:
Mohamad Abbasi über seine Soloarbeit und das Invisible Center for Contemporary Dance, Teheran
Abbasi zeigt das 15minütige Solo I AM MY MOTHER und stellt das Invisible Center for Contemporary Dance vor.
Montag, 5. November 2018
Campus Zinnowitzer Strasse
Raum: 3.40
19.00 – 21.00 Uhr