Technologies of Hope Workshop: 100 Responses to the Pandemic
Science Gallery Bengaluru is organising CONTAGION, an online exhibition that explores the transmission of emotions, behaviours and diseases.
Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski
‘Technologies of Hope: 100 Responses to the Pandemic’ is an artistic and research project that takes viewers on a journey through the world of one hundred such companies. Paying attention to their visual and verbal language, it sheds light on the costs of proposed ‘back to normal’ scenarios and a ‘no touch future.’ Based on the project, this workshop will examine how the specific technologies being promoted to combat the pandemic around the world – now and in the future – seek to observe, screen, enforce, and attempt to modify humans and the spaces they move within, mediating the relationship between body, architecture, and geography.
Through the introductory talk and following workshop the facilitators will ask: What can we learn about the current collective neurosis from the technologies that we accept into our lives? When have we gone too far, and how far are we willing to go? Is it possible that in our efforts to contain the virus, we succeeded instead in containing the host?
About the Facilitators
Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski investigate the impact of technology on society and its relationship to social, environmental, and political issues. They have been working together producing creative interventions for the past 20 years – exhibitions, art works, films, events, workshops and writing – using the best way possible to tell stories, influence attitudes, and find new ways of seeing. They are the cofounders of ‘Tactical Tech’ https://tacticaltech.org , the co-curators of ‘Nervous Systems: Quantified Life and the Social Question,’ and the award winning touring exhibition, ‘The Glass Room,’ a museum and street-based art installation presented in Berlin, London, New York, and San Francisco, now transformed into a successful pop-up touring exhibition.