IAM Weekend 18.
The Subversion of Paradoxes
27 – 29 April 2018
Every year, the IAM Weekend event focuses on the future of media, education and art, and celebrates internet culture in line with the company’s own motto “In Randomness We Trust”. This year’s theme, “The Subversion of Paradoxes” looks into the immediate future with the aim of finding out how we can create a sustainable and inclusive Internet culture.
Five subcategories come under this year’s research topic with the objective of initiating thematically focused dialogues: The Futures of Work, Automation and Identity; The Futures of Design, Arts and Learning; The Futures of Commerce, Advertising and Privacy; The Futures of Fashion, Food and Sex, and The Futures of the Planet, Power and Reality. These themes revolve around the question of how we will want to live, work, eat, learn, exchange ideas, design, dress, create, and play in 2025.
Current events, be they Donald Trump as the President of the USA or advancing climate change, confront us on an international level with a great deal of complexity, a lack of logic and overwhelming powerlessness. This situation, characterised by opposites, collisions, and coexisting realities, is influenced considerably by the Internet.
The conference will attempt to grasp the effects this development will cause by 2025 using the two concepts of “subversion” and “paradox”. Essentially, the organisers aim to break down binary thought patterns in order to make their vision of the Internet as a place of inclusive spectrums, plurality, and appreciation of human imperfection a reality.
The IAM Weekend 18 is part of an ongoing year-long research initiative, consisting of various events, experiments, publications, curated and commissioned projects on the same theme. Included in the line-up of speakers are Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang, and the British software artist, Alan Warburton, who is currently the artist-in-residence at Somerset House in London.
Ticket prices for individuals cost between 149 and 399 euros, whereas students pay 99 euros. Companies and groups can request “company tickets”.