Híbrids #3 - Conversations on the intersections between art, science, technology and society

The cracks of the Contemporary
Conference 29.10.2016 / 10-14h

Event Hall

Lecture in the framework of the International Conference Art & Speculative Futures


10:00 – 11:30
The Cracks of the Contemporary
Rick Dolphijn (Utrecht University)

The creative act, as an ideal, drives both art and philosophy and has a problematic relation with the social, political and economic realities that dominate the present. The creative act has no present, since it can’t find a way of realising itself within these realities. Instead, it exists only in philosophy, while it only concludes in the artwork. Nevertheless, through art and philosophy, the creative act holds an immense power. Through art and philosophy, it matters immensely. It has the weight of the entire earth at its disposal, as a means to put these realities under pressure, cracking them where they are most vulnerable to the power of the earth. Through these cracks, the outside, the fresh air, the darkness of the earth seep in. Through these cracks, the unforeseen, the unreal drenches the present, not so much ‘in’ the here and now, but as the perpetual and infinite undercurrent that haunts the present. It offers us a glimpse of the earth to come, as it briefly, instantly, intervenes and forces everything out of perspective. The creative act is thus what matters with the times; it presents us the contemporary. Releasing us from the present it forces us to think.



Rick Dolphijn is a writer and a philosopher. He teaches and does research at Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities. From 2017 to 2020 he will be Honorary Associate Professor at Hong Kong University (Hong Kong). He is the author of Foodscapes, Towards a Deleuzian Ethics of Consumption (Eburon/University of Chicago Press 2004) and New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (Open Humanities Press 2012, with Iris van der Tuin). He recently published This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life (edited by Rosi Braidotti, Brill/Rodopi 2014/5). He writes on the contemporary, on art, theory and politics. Currently he is finishing a new monograph entitled Surfaces: How Philosophy and Art Matter.


12:00 – 14:00
SESSION D: New Materialisms and Infrastructures
Chair: Pau Alsina

Terrestrial Post-­Terrestrialism: Beyond Post Nature
Joana Moll (HANGAR /VIT Lab in Vic, Barcelona)

A Glass of Water and the Wi­fi’s Password
Paola Barreto Leblanc (School of Visual Arts, Rio de Janeiro Federal University)

A Manifesto for Metallic Avant-Garde. Art as Machinic Phylum in Marek Konieczny, Raphael Rogiński and Arslanbek Sultanbekov
Radek Przedpelski (Trinity College Dublin)

Beyond animal-dystopia: exploring the artistic balance between human, animal, and machine for coexistence
Doo-Sung Yoo (Ohio State University)








Organization: Mediaccions – Research Collective on Digital Media & Culture (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) as part of the project Hybrids - Conversations on the intersections between art, science, technology and society in collaboration with ASM (Art and Speculative Futures).

Coordination Hybrids: Pau Alsina and Vanina Hofman

Dynamization: Art Matters


The international conference Art & Speculative Futures, of which this lecture is a part, is co-organized by Mediaccions – Research Collective on Digital Media & Culture and the research groups from the University of Barcelona “Art, Architecture and Digital Society” and “Art, Globalization, Interculturality”.