January 17, 2019: Jacco Borggreve

For the first colloquium of the semester, held on January 17, 2019 (Thursday), we are very pleased to welcome Netherlands-based new media and performance artist Jacco Borggreve, who will give a talk on the topicA Grey Dilemma: Artificial Life and Artificial Death.

The talk will start at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: January 17, 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: A Grey Dilemma: Artificial Life and Artificial Death


As new and emerging technologies seem to act in an increasingly more lifelike manner and humans begin to tinker at the very fundamental of biological life and previously conceived binary states of being are increasingly more blurred or proven false, it is time to rethink our notions of the ontology of life and by extension rethink the concept of death. Using examples from philosophy, mythology, art, popular culture and media theories Borggreve will examine why the current definitions of life will soon prove to be problematic and how we could better prepare for new, artificial and perhaps alien forms of life.


Jacco Borggreve is a Netherlands-based new media and performance artist who has used implants, biomedical sensors, data-exhibitionism and automated processing to research the quantified self, data-ontology, death, self, unity and the body. He became national news after using his implant to broadcast his location in a performance that lasted eight months. This performance lead to participation in an ethics committee regarding citizen surveillance and smart-city development for the Dutch government. He was a guest curator for a series of exhibitions in Lil’ Amsterdam Gallery, his work was awarded the Trias Innovationis prize for Art & Science by QAQS. The artist collaborated with the University of Twente on a series of projects regarding citizen participation and multiculturalism. Borggreve is currently involved in research within the faculties of Smart City Research, Smart Textiles and Ambient Intelligence at Saxion University of Applied Sciences where he is leading a course on capacitive relational thinking, supervising a graduation project on the use of EEG systems in Smart City development and furthering his research on performing arts, artificial life and complex system theory.


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