BEK (Bergen Centre for Electronic Art) has set itself an impossible task – to construct a ‘survival pack’ for the Age of Technology.
We wade around in terminology, technical gadgetry, new and old habits of communication, all of which have been spawned by technological developments. There have been so many new developments in such a short space of time, that we have not yet come to a conclusion about what the whole of it means in practice, theory or interaction between ourselves.
Technology in itself is nothing new: an axe and a pair of glasses have also played their role in humanity’s technological advancement. Yet now it could be experienced as ubiquitous it marks our existence as never before. We may all have felt – at work, in one’s private life, in all relations that we are a part of – that our understanding of technology is not enough. What it means to us and what is does to us is not easy to get an overview of, especially if we are up to our knees in it. What should we know, what should we do and what ought we to master? It feels as though we need a survival pack: now.
BEK has invited three speakers to give their opinion of what ought to be included in a survival pack that will prepare us for participation in the technological age. The purpose is comprehension – a place where we can meet at the intersection of knowledge, experience and a sense of belonging.