Human Sociality (is being engineered and patented)

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    In addition to our current exhibition Sociality by Paolo Cirio, you are cordially invited to Human Sociality, an evening program consisting of a lecture, two workshops and a drawn-to session.

    The program builds on the theme of our current exhibition, revealing technology enabling social manipulation. For this, Cirio documented twenty-thousand patents, exposing socially hazardous information technology. In the exhibition, visitors are invited to share, flag, and ban these technologies designed to monitor and manipulate social behaviors. Cirio created thousands of compositions with images of flowcharts and titles of inventions. The visual compositions are printed in form of flyers and a coloring book, containing technologies that enable discrimination, polarization, addiction, deception, and surveillance.

    Full program:

    • Lecture by D'vorah Graeser (US): Who Owns Your Ideas? Patents, trademarks, copyright - and your right to your own creativity.
    Time: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    During her lecture D'vorah will address three main topics: patents, trademarks and copyright. After each section, she will answer questions. The patent lecture involves an exhibition walk, illustrating the points with individual patents by Paolo Cirio.

    D’vorah is the founder of KISSPatent, a legal startup that focuses on protecting disruptive ideas and supports innovation and change within businesses. KISSPatent’s goal is to make the patent process transparent, straightforward and easy.

    D’vorah is a US Patent Agent with over 20 years of experience. She believes that innovation protection should be affordable and available to everyone. KISSPatent is a global company, with a fully remote team of patent attorneys and innovation experts who operate across three continents.

    • Workshop by Object Oriented Subject, Lucia Dossin (BR/NL) and Lídia Pereira (PT): Beerpong or Voltaire?
    Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    The workshop builds on Facebook content which can potentially indicate, with high accuracy, whether a user is likely to be an extrovert or an introvert. This prediction is based on the trivial act of liking content on Facebook.

    In the context of this workshop we use a fictional dataset composed of User Likes and psychological data which is traditionally obtained from extensive questionnaires. This fictional dataset allows us to infer the participants’ personality traits based on their entertainment preferences.

    Rather than building trustworthy psychological profiles, our aim is to illustrate one of the methods deployed to infer user characteristics from available user data, by Facebook as well by many others, thus starting a discussion around the possible consequences the employment of this method might have for our daily lives, economically, politically and socially.

    • Workshop by Cécile Espinasse (FR) and Clara Montrieul (FR): Potential Interpretation or Plausible Sing-Along.
    Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Targeting control over data exploitation in social media and… Ja ja. Don’t even want to read further, right? Potential Interpretation or Plausible Sing-Along is a Dadaist attempt at making sense of the opaque jargon at use in the technological patenting industry. Deconstructing formulas word by word, we come up with synonyms and bring catch-all terms into a familiar context, thus demystifying them. The result is a publication gathering patents accompanied by their potential interpretations, plausible-sing alongs and other dormant readings.

    • Drawn-to session by De Zine, Sunjoo Lee (KP) and Leif Czakai (DE): Drawn to Sociality
    Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    This drawn-to session is an accessible gathering around a provided collection of drawing and painting materials. Regularly and without agenda this drawn to session brings people together to draw in an informal environment guided by the groups own dynamic. On special occasions drawn to also organizes drawing gatherings on specific topic or with specific rules of play.

    De Zine is a group that since 2018 revives zine culture in Eindhoven by making micro-publications, organizing workshops, and doing collective collage sessions. By choosing analogue publication methods, De Zine wants to explore the possibilities of copy-and-paste culture and create a social platform in which new ways of creating and publishing can be explored during fun and accessible events.

    This event is organized by Baltan Laboratories on Friday 19 July 2019. Participation is free; however, you will need to sign up for the workshops through Eventbrite (limited capacity). Free snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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