Summa Technologiae (The Lem Seminars)
Summa Technologiae online conference
December 17, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Summa Technologiae â titled after a collection of philosophical essays by StanisÅav Lem â is an educational project that took place in 2020 and 2021, consisting of six webinars that examined the impact of the impact of Lem’s work across disciplines: from literature to cinema, to philosophy, art, architecture, technological innovation and IT.
At the end of the seminars, we organize an online conference to discuss the project and the results of the seminars as they have been conducted over the past two years.
December 17th, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. CET
2 p.m .: Summa Technologia introduction, presentation of the project
2:30 p.m .: “The Untranslatable: Miracle, Oblivion, Affect”
Ed Keller / Carla LeitÃ£o
In this presentation, Ed Keller and Carla LeitÃ£o – following the concerns that Lem has in important parts of his work – address the key question of translation as an ontological foundation – not only of relations between humans and extraterrestrials, but also of human to human, and in general, because translatability constitutes a universal flow of information and energy from system to system.
3 p.m .: “Building time, reinventing nature”
Lou Cantor / Jason Mohaghegh
Lou Cantor and Jason Mohaghegh to discuss their approach to StanisÅaw Lem Summa Technologiae as a text which places human societies at the crucial intersection of the four categories of the past, the future, nature and technology.
3:30 p.m .: “Chemosociality”
Eben Kirksey moves away from the unstable reality imagined by Lem to retrace the material, toxicological and neurological valences of molecular dream worlds, growing pharmaceutical markets and landscapes haunted by industrial capitalism. We all live in chemosocial worlds, as participants and observers. If biosociality involves social relationships that emerge from biological conditions, then chemosociality involves new, altered, attenuated, or augmented relationships that emerge from shared and changing chemical ecologies.
4 p.m .: Round table
Ed Keller, Eben Kirksey, Carla Leitao, Jason Mohaghegh, Julieta Aranda, Lou Cantor
Followed by a Q & A (open to the public).
Biography of the participants
Julieta Aranda: Artist and editor of e-flux journal.
Lou Cantor: Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in ÅÃ³dÅº and member of a Berlin-based artist collective whose main field of interest is based on intersubjectivity and interpersonal communication.
Ed Keller: Designer, teacher, writer, musician, multimedia artist and independent researcher.
Eben Kirksey: American anthropologist who writes on science and justice. He is best known for his pioneering work in multispecies ethnography.
Carla LeitÃ£o: Architect, teacher and writer.
Jason Mohaghegh: Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Babson College and Transdisciplinary Studies Programmer at the New Center for Research & Practice.
Summa Technologiae the seminars are organized by Julieta Aranda, in cooperation between e-flux and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.