Cybiosis: Shaping Human-Technology Futures

The aim of our group is to discuss and to examine the development of new human-technology relations and imaginaries. The name of the circle, ‘Cybiosis’ (pl. cybioses), is a neologism, based on ‘cybernetic’, ‘symbiosis’, and ‘bio’, and it embodies the new technological modes of living that we aim to investigate in the circle.

As a speculative metaphor, the term ‘Cybiosis’ allows us to imagine mutually beneficial relationships between cybernetic systems and human life. This directs our research interests to the ambivalent co-relationship between systems of symbioses and inclusion, on the one hand, and technologies that serve to commodify life forms and extend the networks of control, on the other.

Winter symposium on Creativity and Technology, NIDA Art Colony, Lithuania, March 21-24, 2019

Our previous symposium investigated the role of improvisation in technological development and philosophy. Now we want to open up for the wider field of creativity, in all domains, in the light of future technologies. If possible with a visionary angle.

Creativity is a necessary survival trait. We solve problems all the time, and we design artifacts, for communication, reflection and admiration. Technologies change the way we do this, and they change the potential modes and modalities of creation. Creativity is also a feature of nature, of evolution. Maybe technology in itself has become creative, just like nature, following its own patterns of creation. A lot has happened in the last centuries, in the last decades, and even in the last few years. Technical development accelerates, and our minds and lifes change, in a cybiotic relationship. But nobody knows the direction of the future, other than that it will continue to change.

What are the different possible modes of creation, in humans and in machines, by humans and by machines? How are they co-dependent? What about creative agency, now and in the future? What are the aesthetic, societal and philosophical implications of this rapid unpredictable development and change?

Cybioses Winter 2019 Technology and Creativity CFP v1.2




When What Who
Thursday 14.00-14.30 Arrival and Registration at NIDA Art Colony
March 21st 14.30-15.00 Welcome and Introduction Palle Dahlstedt , Rafael Dernbach, Vytautas Michelkevicius (Nida)
15.00-16.30 Theories of Creativity – Parameters for the New? Palle Dahlstedt – Systemic Improvisation: Tools, Minds and Emergent Behavior

Tautvydas Urbelis/Noah Brehmer – Towards Posthumanist Urban Ecology: Body That Arouses Sensors

Hannah Wallenfels – tba

16.30-17.00 Break
17.00-18.30 Artificial Agencies – the capacities and incapacities of technical objects Marita Isaksson – Human made human – what does the idea of human ‘uniqueness’ imply in terms of possibilities to create an artificial intelligence?

Liudmila Savelieva, Thomas Grogan, Paul van Herk, Ivan Puzyrev – Tuda Syuda, a terraforming platform led by a ‘conversation’ between two artificial intelligence systems, Chef and Farmer.

Alessandra Di Pisa, Robert Stasinski – Cognitive Sculpture: Using relational aesthetics as a tool for Human-AI interaction

18.30-19.30 Dinner
19.30-20.00 Evening Performances
20.00- Free Time
Friday 9.00-9.30 Breakfast together
March 22nd 9.30-11.00 Artificial Agencies II – ethical relations to technical objects / ethical relations as technical objects? Warren Enström – Twitterbots and Their Makers: A culture of ethical making

Rafael Dernbach – tba

Nicole de Bouvrie – Would Technology Fulfill Badiou’s Requirements for Change?

11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-13.00 Critique by Making (things differently / different things) Daniel Wessolek – Polite Interfaces / It’s all about timing

Caroline Yan Zheng – Navigating the unforeseen relations mediated by networked synthetic affective touch – A hands-on workshop to prototype and critically envision the
tactile future enabled by soft robotics and artificial intelligence

Gino Robair – Too Much “R”, Not Enough “D”: Do the seductive aspects of academically-based technological research retard long-lasting instrument and controller innovation?

13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Getting in tune in with one’s tools Per Anders Nilsson – No Technology is Innocent – Aesthetics in Music Technologies

Patric Borgeat – Tame me a Larsen: live coding performance for accoustic feedback and laptop

Gustav Eek, Olof Gross, Li Li: Playing you, playing me, for the fun of it

15.30-16.00 Break
16.00-17.00 Themed Discussions
17.00-18.00 Free Time
18.30-19.30 Dinner
19.30-20.00 Evening Performances
20.00- Free Time
Saturday 9.00-9.30 Breakfast
March 22nd 9.30-11.00 Openness and Closure – what drives tech? Tim Perkis – A perspective on a changing perception of the relation of arts and technology over 30 years

Eric Deibel, Gustav Eek – Free seeds, free email and moving beyond openness – an initial comparison

Christoffer Horlitz – The artist is not present: Digital Borders – The impact of emerging digital borderscapes on the lives, works, and practice of artists

11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-13.00 Artistic Research – Programming and Deprogramming what is yet to come Georgina Hill – Lebenskraft: coping (with) mechanisms

Darius Ziura – Gustoniai 2001 – The story of one project

Cibelle Cavalli Bastos – Aevtar Deprogram: Redirect the Algorithm

13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-17.00 Free Afternoon
17.00-18.30 Themed discussions
18.30-19.30 Dinner
19.30-20.00 Evening Performances
20.00- Free Time
Sunday 9.00 – 9.30 Breakfast
March 23rd 9.30- 11:00 Themed discussions
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-13.00 Final discussion/evaluation
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14:00 The End



Palle Dahlstedt (Sweden)
Coordinator Study Circle 2
palle [at]
Study Circle 2: Cybiosis: Shaping Human-Technology Futures

Rafael Dernbach (Germany)
Coordinator Study Circle 2
rafael.dernbach [at]
Study Circle 2: Cybiosis: Shaping Human-Technology Futures

Johan Söderberg (Sweden)
Coordinator Study Circle 6, Deputy Sweden 2018
johan.soderberg [at]
Study Circle 2: Cybiosis: Shaping Human-Technology Futures