The ongoing ecological crisis, the current pandemic and the present protests against socio-economic, racial and politically motivated injustice all challenge ideas about progress, acceleration and deceleration, simultaneity, and how, generally, we perceive time. It is now increasingly important to consider concurrently various levels of temporality – human as well as non-human –in order to make sense of the current situation. This workshop provides philosophical, literary and scientific input as well as hands-on materials that allow us to ponder these issues together. Are we living at a time of life-changing events or in a deep-time loop? What concepts and ideas can help us to reflect on our contemporary temporalities? How can we test out various human and more-than-human temporalities?
Last Time, This Time, Next Time LAB begins with the keynote lecture Latencies, Tipping Points, Catastrophes. Experiences of Time in the Anthropocene by Eva Horn, Director of the Anthropocene Network Vienna. Next, scientist and journalist Julia Grillmayr will head up the workshop and, together with physicist and science editor Tanja Traxler, take a deeper look at the subject matter. Under the title Haunting Ourselves: The Loop as a Figure of Thought in the Anthropocene, Vienna-based musician Kalifornia Kurt will take charge of the practical part of the afternoon. At his tape workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work hands-on, building their own tape loops and recording sounds on analogue devices at the waterfront USUS venue.
LAB curated, inaugurated, accompanied and reflected by Julia Grillmayr, with a discursive impulse contribution by Tanja Traxler, tape workshop by Kalifornia Kurt
Julia Grillmayr was born in 1987 and is a Vienna and Linz-based academic journalist, science communicator, and tap dancer. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Vienna and is currently working on her first post-doc project Science Fiction, Fact & Forecast at the University of Art and Design Linz.
Tanja Traxler was born in 1985 and studied physics and philosophy at the University of Vienna and the University of California/Santa Cruz. She has been a science editor at the Austrian daily broadsheet Der Standard since 2015. In 2018 she received the Austrian sponsorship award for scientific journalism.
Kalifornia Kurt, was born in 1983, is a Vienna-based musician and media artist.