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The Body Tomorrow

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How will AI and robotics change the way we live, die, and mourn? Explore the future of our digital selves through talks and performances.

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Every day, we generate data about our daily lives. What happens when that data lives beyond us? With big data, social media, and shifting social concepts of “a good death” converging to create a digital afterlife, we explore the technology that is driving the transformation of the ways we die — and the way we are mourned. 

The first panel, "The Mind-Data Connection," explores the emerging knowledge of how technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence influence our minds, personalities, and behaviors. From there, "Dying Tomorrow" takes a look at the past and future of mourning, and how we might interact with the digital ghosts our loved ones leave behind. Dance performances, from Malika Fankha and KineTech Arts, bringing us back to the physical, offering insights through performances examining the conflict between machines and bodies.

Join us for an evening of performances and discussions about bodies, data, and machines with experts from academia, industry, dance, and research as we imagine new futures for loss and grieving. 

For a deeper dive into the issues of death, tech, and mourning, join our Dying Tomorrow workshop earlier in the day.

Program

6:30pm — doors open

7:00pm — performance

7:25pm — panel: the mind-data connection

8:00pm — performance

8:25pm — panel: dying tomorrow

9:00pm — afterparty for the afterlife

Performances

KineTech Arts, AI Sensorium

AI Sensorium reflects on the advance of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Like all the major technology advances in history, with the potential of drastically improving human lives, comes unexpected side effects. In AI Sensorium, we investigate how our bodies and minds are transformed, exploited, and manipulated by ML and AI, both virtually and physically. Unlike physical footprints, erasing digital footprints is futile. You can no longer control what is left behind. Invasion of privacy is like a sharp needle penetrating our skin. Deep fake transports our faces onto other people’s bodies. The giant machine of influence creates bubbles that contort our beliefs. AI Sensorium is a reflection on these strange realities, a poetic and fresh perspective that invites the viewer to reflect on their daily interactions in the virtual and physical worlds.

Malika Fankha, Oxy Moron

Oxy Moron is a play of multiple selves and their constant, seamless shape-shift between fiction and reality, magic and science, present and future. Using the modern day cyborg as a metaphorical narrative that unites both human appearance and machine-like behavior, the work juggles with stereotypes and challenges different concepts of a perceived norm. Identities, corporealities and social status pass through a precarious transformation between self-empowerment, self-enhancement, self-optimization and self-deformation, questioning the significance of the physical and the human in a digital age.

Panelists

(additional speakers TBA)

Rebecca Blum

Rebecca Blum has spoken about her NecroTech research at SXSW, IxDA, End Well and SF Design Week, and co-developed and taught a course called "Designing for Death" at the Stanford d.School. In her day job, she leads the research team for Lyft's Marketplace & Growth group, in San Francisco. Before joining Lyft, she was an Associate Strategy Director at frog design, where she worked with clients from Fortune50s to 5-person start-ups. She has published on technology and design in VentureBeat, FastCompany, and Business Insider. She also likes subway maps, improv, and puns.

Ajay Chander

Ajay Chander leads R&D teams in imagining and building new human-centric technologies and products. His work has spanned transparent AI, AI life assistants, digital healthcare and wellness, software security, and computational behavior design. He has received several best paper awards, as well as the ACM’s “Most Influential Paper” (of the decade) award. Previously, he received his PhD from Stanford University. Currently, Dr. Chander serves as the Vice President of Research at Fujitsu’s R&D lab in Silicon Valley and provides technical and thought/strategy leadership for all aspects of the interplay between technology and the human experience.

Malika Fankha

Malika Fankha studied theatre in Zurich and contemporary dance in Salzburg (SEAD) and NYU (Tisch School of Performing Arts). She works internationally as a dancer, choreographer, sound poet and DJ. Her performative work aims to blur the hierarchies between genres, to collapse the threshold of binary and normative social codes such as male and female, artificial and human, intimacy and representation. Using multiple narratives with both body and voice she spectrums the utopian and dystopian characteristics of popular media culture, posthumanism, and trivia, while at the same time declaring everything to be within the textual, visual, and emotive space of poetry. Among others, she has been collaborating with SUPERAMAS, Tino Sehgal, Deborah Hazler, Valérie Reding, Saar Magal and Maureen Kaegi. (Photo © Tim Tom)

Daiane Lopes da Silva

Daiane Lopes da Silva is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and Artistic Director and co-founder of Kinetech Arts. Her work has been performed in Brazil, France, Belgium, Greece and the U.S. She has received support from Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H Grant, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and CounterPulse. She was a resident artist at SAFEhouse arts, CounterPulse and Headlands Center for the Arts. Daiane studied at The Municipal Ballet of São Paulo, Brazil and at P.A.R.T.S (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Alpha Beta Kappa, from SFSU. She is on faculty at Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dance Center and Western Ballet.

Performers

Malika Fankha

Malika Fankha studied theatre in Zurich and contemporary dance in Salzburg (SEAD) and NYU (Tisch School of Performing Arts). She works internationally as a dancer, choreographer, sound poet and DJ. Her performative work aims to blur the hierarchies between genres, to collapse the threshold of binary and normative social codes such as male and female, artificial and human, intimacy and representation. Using multiple narratives with both body and voice she spectrums the utopian and dystopian characteristics of popular media culture, posthumanism, and trivia, while at the same time declaring everything to be within the textual, visual, and emotive space of poetry. Among others, she has been collaborating with SUPERAMAS, Tino Sehgal, Deborah Hazler, Valérie Reding, Saar Magal and Maureen Kaegi. (Photo © Tim Tom)

Kinetech Arts

Kinetech Arts is a group of artists and scientists creating unique performances that combine dance and science with the newest interactive technology. Founded by Artistic Directors Weidong Yang and Daiane Lopes da Silva in January 2013, Kinetech Arts has performed at ODC theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, KUNST-STOFF arts, L.A.S.T festival, Moscone Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi, De Young Museum, among others. They host DanceHack, an annual tech + dance event, in association with CounterPulse SF. Kinetech Arts was recognized by the SF WEEKLY as "Best Genre-Defying Sci-Artistic Collaboration of 2014."

LifeCycle Series

Throughout 2019, swissnex San Francisco will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines to explore the questions we confront in an age of CRISPR, genetics, the datafication of DNA, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology. Connecting artists and scientists, the LifeCycle series will pose challenging questions about where we want our tech to take us: not only looking at what is possible today, but how to be responsible stewards of our new health tech revolution.

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