Hypernormal Hybrids

World-Information Institute in cooperation with springerin and WERK X:

Friday 10.11. 2017,  Petersplatz 1, A-1010, Vienna

Lectures, Discussion, Screenings, Performance  18h – 24h

Boundaries between humans and machines are blurring. Complex assemblages from biological agents, communicating objects, technical protocols, and automated decision-making processes become “hypernormal hybrids”. In the mechanical logic of this augmented reality, however, the dimension of the social is not to be grasped. Between super-empowered individuals and the “obsolescence of man” this results in unpredictable turbulences. How to identify the fault lines of these hybrid systems and what options of human action remain?

Discourse with:  Sonja M. Amadae, Mark Coeckelbergh, Christian Höller, Susana Monsó

Performance with: ca.tter & mstep, Boris Kopeinig, Plak, u.a.

Videoinstallation: “Painted by Numbers

Hosted by Konrad Becker und Felix Stalder

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S. M. Amadae is a research fellow with the Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Science in the University of Helsinki’s Dept. of Political and Economic science, and a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Amadae’s new book, Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (2016), relates neoliberal economics to neoliberalism in international relations. Amadae’s first book, Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: The Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism (2003), was awarded the American Political Science Association’s J. David Greenstone book award for History and Politics in 2004.

Mark Coeckelbergh is a Belgian philosopher of technology, Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.  He also has an affiliation as Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK.  The the author of several books, including New Romantic Cyborgs (2017) is best known for his work in philosophy of technology and ethics of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).


Susana Monsó holds a post-doctoral position at the Messerli Research Instituteof the  University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, where her research focuses on the moral  and cognitive capacities of nonhuman animals and the ethical implications that follow from them. She studied Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid, completed a Master of Arts degree in Global Ethics and Human Values at King’s College London, specializing in animal ethics, and wrote her PhD thesis on the relation between mindreading abilities and moral capacities in nonhuman animals.


Co-host Christian Hoeller, editor and co-publisher of springerin–Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, writes extensively on art, cultural theory and new media. Hoeller lives and works in Vienna.