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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Roboexotica! Festival for Cocktail Robotics

Roboexotica! is the leading annual festival for Cocktail Robotics that will take place Dec 1-4  in Vienna, Austria. The festival started in 1999 and is a combination of exploration of cutting edge technology, art installation, and bacchanal. Scientists, artists and cocktail fans meet to discuss and experience the role of Cocktail Robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebenswelt. It is also an opportunity to discuss the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication. 
The 2011 symposium entitled "Out of Control" will focus on issues like how can we redefine our relationship with the technological defying the principle of the user manual in which 'successful technology' presents itself? How can we position technicity as a value in itself? And to what extent can technology be what it wants to be without being able to want anything? To what extent remains technology a (perhaps distorted?) self-portrait of man. And how could this self-image of man in technology be corrected in a way as to enable humanity to include their contradictions instead of externalizing them as a technological menace?
Ragnarhof, Vienna, AT

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