Jens Hauser / Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Choreography in Action

Lecture / From Wetware Art to Greenness Studies
The guest of this evening is Jens Hauser (DE)

What is a ‘body’ to be ‘choreographed’ today? Media philosopher and curator Jens Hauser has coined the term ‘microperformativity’ to understand how contemporary artists stage aliveness at the conjunction between aesthetics, performance and the techno-science. He challenges our current understanding of what is ‘life’ and ‘nature’ by proposing a journey from wetware art to greenness studies.

After the disentanglement of the terms ‘life’ and ‘nature’ – both terms putatively non-technological – the concepts ‘green’ and ‘nature’ need to be uncoupled as well.

Contemporary, micro-performative art forms which employ biotechnologies as a point of departure, emphasize – paradoxically – both their ‘aliveness’ and authenticity on the one hand, and their explicit technicity and artificiality on the other.

We encounter a similar problem with the culturally pervasive greenness trope: Aliveness and greenness are linked through ‘biofacticity’, the idea of biological artifacts that at the same time grow and indeed are technically constructed from the beginning.

In this media archaeological talk, ‘green’, symbolically associated with the ‘natural’ and employed to hyper-compensate for what humans feel they have lost, will be addressed as the most anthropocentric of all colours, in its inherent ambiguity between alleged naturalness and artificiality. As ‘green’ has become a pervasive trope across a broad range of disciplines, and its meanings have migrated across different cultures of knowledge, inherent contradictions have emerged.
Far from having universal meaning, ‘green’ marks a dramatic knowledge gap prone to systematic misunderstandings: Engineers brand ‘green technologies’ as ecologically benign, while climate researchers point to the ‘greening of the earth’ itself as the alarming effect of anthropogenic CO2 emissions.
‘Green growth’ aims to reconcile economic and ecologically sustainable development, while in philosophy ‘prismatic ecology’ rebukes the use of green to represent binary ideas of the other-than-human world as an idealized nature. More concept than colour, ‘green’ is frequently being reduced to a mere metaphor stripped of its material, epistemological and historical referents.

Jens Hauser

He is born in Schwerte/Germany, is a Copenhagen and Paris based media studies scholar and art curator focusing on the interactions between art and technology, trans-genre and hybrid aesthetics. He holds a dual post-doctoral research position at both the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and at the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen.
He is a distinguished affiliated faculty member of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University, and an affiliated faculty member at the Department for Image Science at Danube University Krems. At the intersection of media studies, art history and epistemology, he has previously developed a theory of biomediality as part of his PhD at Ruhr University Bochum, and also holds a degree in science and technology journalism from Université François Rabelais in Tours.
Hauser serves on international juries of art awards such as Ars Electronica, Transitio or Vida, as well as of several national science foundations. He is also a founding collaborator of the European culture channel ARTE since 1992, has produced numerous reportages and radio features for German and French public broadcasting services, and widely published essays in print journalism and in art books for many years.

Is a weekly event throughout the season. Every Monday at 7-9 pm Dansehallerne presents meetings between affiliated artists and guests from other programs and performances presented by Dansehallerne. The artists share their thoughts about artistic work through conversations, installations, performances or films. The program is in English.
The meetings are primarily addressed to the artists in the field but open to all with an interest. It will take place at Charlottenborg Art Cinema, there is free entrance.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg
In season 2017/18 the distinctive art institution Kunsthal Charlottenborg ia a close collaborator of Dansehallerne. The exhibition space presents an ambitious program with international outlook featuring talents as well as established stars from both Denmark and abroad.

When / May 7-9 pm

Where / Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2, Cph K

Free entrance