ARTIST TALK: Cristian von Borries «Smart city algorithms and the disappearance of the architect»

Artist and anti-copyright activist from Berlin will talk about the age of big data and what it means for urban studies. Also Christian von Borries will show part of his new upcoming feature film «More Human than Than Human. An Automated Social Science Fiction Series» (2019).
Glass facades in Los Angeles in the 80's and later in Moscow indicate an idea of the city that is shut away from us, leaving nothing but a mirror to watch ourselves, our excludedness, a film set to live in. New commercial ideas of the city sound different, they are based on data from all of us, making us digital subjects instead of citizens. Today, in places like Toronto or Lanzhou, urban data as public space is covered up with the smartness paradigm, be it in authoritarian states or based on ideas of global business. This talk will show how.

Christian von Borries

Christian von Borries produces media from other media. He is a conductor, composer, filmmaker and producer of site- specific psychogeographic projects. His work has been commissioned by the Lucerne Festival, Kunstfest Weimar, Volksbühne Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg and documenta 12, among others. His CD "Replay Debussy" won an Echo Award. His first film «The Dubai in Me» won an award at the FID Marseille Film Festival and has been screened at film festivals around the world, as well as the Yekaterinburg Industrial Biennale and the Principio Potosi exhibition in Madrid and Berlin. His second film «Mocracy» won the Klaus Wildenhahn Prize at the Documentary Film Week Hamburg. His third film «I'm M», first performed in Mexico City, was shown at the Bergen Assembly Biennale 2013. His fourth film «IPHONECHINA» was shown at Festivals in Europe and in China. in 2017, he finished his last movie «DESERT OF THE REAL» which premiered at the CPH: DOX Film Festival Copenhagen and was shown at Moscow International Experimental Film Festival.. At the end of 2017, he co-curated an exhibition on the digital subject entitled «A BETTER VERSION OF YOU» in Seoul and Beijing.
The lecture is in English with simultaneous translation
September 29
«GARAGE» Museum, 18+