26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Technologies of Hopes and Fears
Marek Tuszynski on digital technologies in pandemic times
A pandemic changes everything. The time it shapes becomes exceptional, and in exceptional times things tend to happen that might not have happened otherwise. Technology is always about trade-offs and desires. Technologies of Hope & Fear is a project documenting a selection of hundreds of proposed technological solutions to the pandemic and its consequences. In this talk, Marek Tuszynski will reveal 10 inspiring ways to think about techno-solutionism, because we need to be inventive and creative about how we look at and decipher what is often presented as the thing that will solve something else. Are pandemic technologies about controlling the virus, or about controlling the host?
Creative Director and co-founder of Tactical Tech, an international NGO that engages with citizens and civil-society organisations to explore and mitigate the impacts of technology on society. He produces creative and social interventions that span across various media, from film and radio to television, books, exhibitions and the web. For the past 30 years, he has been working at the nexus of technology and politics, information and activism and the consequences of living in a quantified society. His most recent documentary series for Tactical Tech, Exposing the Invisible explores the digital tools and tactics that now enable evidence-based activism to thrive on an unprecedented scale. He is also co-founder of the creative agency Tactical Studios, co-curator of the exhibition Nervous Systems: Quantified Life and the Social Question and The Glass Room co-author of the books Visualising Information for Advocacy about how advocates and activists use visual elements in their campaigns and Efficiency And Madnes: Using Data and Technology to Solve Social, Environmental and Political Problems.