Eastern Bloc

Discussions 2015-2016

Circuits of Consumption: Art, Activism and The Biopolitics of Food Control

Symposium organised in partnership with the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) of McGill University
17 January 2016, 10:30am - 4pm
Free entrance RSVP: dev@easternbloc.ca

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) of McGill University and Eastern Bloc are pleased to announce the upcoming symposium Circuits of Consumption: The Art, Activism, and Biopolitics of Food Control. The day will consist of a keynote performative presentation and curated lunch by artist chef Lisa Myers, as well as two panel sessions. These will lead participants on a multi-sensory experience while they grapple with intersections of food control, eating practices, and the spaces in which this consumption occurs. The one-day event features Montreal-based activists, artists, and academics, as well as special guests from Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Circuits of Consumption seeks to understand the ways that aesthetics, food, and social justice can transform our environments and the role of activists, academics, and artists within this process.

Featuring the following speakers: Lisa Myers, Shawn Bourdages and Al Harrington (The Roundhouse Café), Niamh Leonard (Santropol Roulant), Lauren Rathmel (Lufa Farm), Janis Timm-Bottos (Art Hives), Alex Ketchum (IGSF), Nadège Grebmeier-Forget, Tina Carlisi, Natalie Doonan, Navid Navad, Sonja Zlatanova, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint (EcoArtTech), Arcangelo Constantini (Arte+Ciencia).

Off-the-Grid: Alternative Networks in the 21st Century

Panel discussion with Sophie Toupin [CA], Julian Oliver [DE], Matthias Strubel [DE], Sébastien Pierre [CA], Louis-Richard Tremblay [CA]
In collaboration withMutek_IMG 2nd edition
3 October 2015, 4pm - 5:30pm
Centre Phi, Espace A, 407 rue Saint-Pierre
Free entrance

The Internet reaches ever more profoundly into the everyday of citizens. With governments worldwide enacting security laws that directly affect our sense of privacy and corporations collecting and selling personal data, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine ourselves outside this pervasive, increasingly monitored network. Yet, a growing number of scientists, hackers and artists are currently exploring alternative avenues to this ‘grid’. This panel addresses some of the issues that arise with attempts to get ‘off the grid’ and how they relate to notions of detection, monitoring, empowerment and online/physical presence.

Moderator: Sophie Toupin
Panelists: Julian Oliver, Matthias Strubel, Sébastien Pierre, Louis-Richard Tremblay

Event website: www.mutek.org/en/img/2015

Black Hat, Grey Hat, White Hat: Privacy Ethics of a Hacktivist

Panel discussion with Martin Rodriguez [CA], Gabriella Coleman [CA], Bengt Sjolen [SE], David Mirza Ahmad [CA]
In collaboration withMutek_IMG 2nd edition
3 October 2015, 2pm - 3:30pm
Centre Phi, Espace A, 407 rue Saint-Pierre
Free entrance

With the growing lack of trust in governments, corporations, and public figures, it appears that hacker groups like Anonymous have become our modern day superheroes, exposing members of the KKK and chasing after cyberbullies. However, with recent data dumps like the Ashley Madison hack, the question of where the line is for a hacktivist arises. Is there even such a thing as an ethical hacker? This panel will confront ethical issues that are facing our current reality when so much of our private information is ‘secured online.

Moderator: Martin Rodriguez
Panelists: Gabriella Coleman, Bengt Sjolen, David Mirza Ahmad

Event website: www.mutek.org/en/img/2015

Art and Science in the Age of Biopolitics

Panel discussion with Vincent Marquis [CA], Alessandro Delfanti [IT], Mary Bunch [CA], Tagny Duff [CA]
In collaboration withMutek_IMG 2nd edition
3 October 2015, 12pm - 1:30pm
Centre Phi, Espace A, 407 rue Saint-Pierre
Free entrance

Sciences today are intimately related to societal dynamics and evolution. Advances in research and their technical applications raise complex ethical issues that directly concern individuals and communities. In fact, the development of scientific and digital technologies enables important control actions over human activities, while responding to major financial, corporate and political interests, sometimes to the advantage, sometimes to the detriment of fundamental individual and collective rights and freedoms. This panel brings together a range of perspectives from the fields of art, science, technology and media studies to investigate some of the ways in which these power dynamics affect both the physical and political bodies of global populations.

Moderator: Vincent Marquis
Panelists: Alessandro Delfanti, Mary Bunch, Tagny Duff

Event website: www.mutek.org/en/img/2015

Cell Track, Then and Now: subRosa's cyberfeminist interrogation of the biotech century

Artist talk with Hyla Willis of subRosa
In the context of BPLTC: Cellular Control
26 September 2015, 2pm - 3pm

subRosa art collective member Hyla Willis will give an artist talk to accompany the Cell Track project in the BPLTC: Cellular Control exhibition. After more than a decade of subRosa's humorous and often dystopian examinations of present-day flesh and fertility industries--through the lens of Art--what has changed and what has not? How does subRosa's situational and audience-interactive work provoke public discourse about the impact of Biotechnology and Hi-Tech Fertility Treatments on the bodies and lives of women globally?