Tomorrow in Montreal? Come an join us at Automated Environments, an event organized by Orit Halpern at Speculative Life Research Cluster and the Goethe Institute Montréal , at the Centre Canadien d’Architecture / Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)with Daniel Barber, Maya Memesahib, Michael Fisch, Gretchen Bakke and many others! Its part of a broader discussion about the Technosphere and Anthropocene in coordination with HKW, Berlin.
” Today, growing concerns with #climate change, #energy scarcity, security, and economic collapse have turned the focus of urban planners, investors, and governments towards “#infrastructure” as a site of value production and potential salvation from a world consistently defined by catastrophes and “crisis”. From discussions about “disaster capitalism” to the embrace of a world after humans, the idea that some environmental, economic, or security catastrophe has arrived, or will arrive, is almost unquestioned. In response, there has emerged a new paradigm of high technology infrastructure development obsessed with “smart”, “ubiquitous”, “algorithmic”, or “automated” infrastructures. These infrastructures are imagined as resilient, optimal, efficient, and sustainable; solutions to a world that must simultaneously always expand economically while facing seemingly insurmountable resource and security constraints. Design and technology have come to be posited as solutions to a public and political sphere seemingly incapable of dealing with problems at infrastructural and even terran scales.
This conference will engage the rise of ecologies of automation and their impact on human life, habitation, agency, sovereignty, and imagination. We want to ask how the turn to “smart” and automated systems is historically related to changes in governmentality, politics, and economy, while considering the future of “intelligent” and smart design, habitats, economies, and polities.”
The panel discussions will be in English and will be moderated by Orit Halpern and Chris Salter (Speculative Life Cluster, Concordia University).