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SCIENCE + FICTION

The world’s first Cyborg-fair

November 6 2015 – November 8 2015

Cyborgs are among us

The world’s first Cyborg-fair is hosted from the 6th to the 8th of November 2015 by Cyborgs e.V. and the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf to mark the occasion of EGO UPDATE. The Future of Digital Identity. SCIENCE + FICTION considers itself a forum for technology, research and futurism.

Featuring: Cyborgs e.V., Gesellschaft zur Förderung und kritischen Begleitung der Verschmelzung von Mensch und Maschine, Grindhouse Wetware (Open Source Biohacking Start-Up, USA), BioNyfiken (Biohacking-collective, Sweden), Digiwell (wearables and RFID-implants), Nadja Buttendorf (jewelry for posthuman postbuddies), M. Darusha Wehm (cyborg-author, New Zealand), Anja Bagus (steampunk-author), I am ROBOT (NFC-implants), FFT Düsseldorf („Alien Ecologies - The Empire Strikes Back“), Elektrocouture (fashion betweetn human and technology)

Tickets to SCIENCE + FICTION are 6 Euros. This day pass also includes the entry to EGO UPDATE. The Future of the Digital Identity.

SCIENCE + FICTION is organised by Elle Nerdinger (Cyborgs e.V. Düsseldorf and CCC Düsseldorf), Enno Park (president of Cyborg e.V.) and the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf on the occasion of the exhibition EGO UPDATE. The Future of the Digital Identity. The first exhibition under the new director Alain Bieber explores, amongst other things, the effects of global digital and technological developments on human identity.

Programme:

Friday, 6th November

4 pm: Opening: Alain Bieber & Cyborgs e.V.

6 pm: Bookpresentation M. Darusha Wehm

7-10 pm: Get together, Music, Bar


Saturday, 7th November

noon: Talk: Stephanie Rembold

1 pm: Reading and book presentation Anja Bagus

4 pm: Talk & Implant Party: Hannes Sjöblad, BioNyfiken

5 pm: Talk: Tim Cannon, Grindhouse Wetware

7 pm: Panel discussion: All above speakers + Cyborgs e.V.

8 pm: Cyborg Fashion Show: Elektrocouture + Nadja Buttendorf

9 pm -midnight: Get together, DJ-Set The MM Project

Sunday, 8th November

11 am - 6 pm: Fair and Cyborg Barcamp

DIY-cyborg, bio-hacker and IT director at Grindhouse Wetware, Tim Cannon is wearing “wearable technology” underneath his skin. In 2013 he had a body-modification artist implant a “Circadia chip” directly into his forearm, this chip uses Bluetooth to transmit his body data to various Android systems and its LED illuminates his tattoo from underneath the skin. Apart from that he carries his sixth sense as a magnet underneath his fingertip in order to detect electromagnetic currents. A RFID-chip is hidden in the skin fold between his thumb and forefinger, this allows him, for example, to open and close door locks or to protect his smartphone.

Anja Bagus has been playing role-plays for years and she is a Steampunk author. In 2012 she began writing her “Aether-world”-novels. Steampunk is a cultural movement combining futuristic technology with the Victorian Age. In simple terms Steampunk literature can be understood as a mixture of sci-fi and adventure novels.

Stefanie Rembold, media scholar at the Austrian Danube University of Krems is doing research into the mechanisation of the human body. Amongst others her research topics include transhumanism, body modification, dualism and gender studies.

“Childre of Arcadia” is the latest novel by the sci-fi author M. Darusha Wehm which was only published in April 2015. In her novel, the Canadian-born now living in New Zealand, shows an utopia gone wrong: humans and artificial intelligence live side by side on the space station Arkadia – even though they could be happy and free, they are full of prejudice. Embedded in a new setting, Wehm explores contemporary political and ethical questions. Hundreds of fans across the globe download the podcast version of her stories every week.

These are all the things, Hannes Sjöblad, part of the Swedish Biohacking collectiv BioNyfiken, does not need anymore. He replaced them by implants that he wears under his skin. At the cyborg fair he will demonstrate several types of implants and deliver insights in the non-profit organisation.

Hannes Sjöblad (BioNyfiken) | Alle diese Gegenstände ersetzte er durch implantierte Chips © Hannes Sjöblad

The Berlin based Fashiontech-Label Elcetrocouture designs fashion between human and technology. On saturday they present clothes that make lighting technology wearable.

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