Conference & Exhibition about Man's relationship with Technology



CONFERENCE – The Politics & Aesthetics of Posthumanism
16-20 May 2014

EXHIBITION – HeLa, Forms of Human Existence
15 May – 26 June 2014

The Conference & Exhibition are a joint collaboration between:
Tel Aviv University’s Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities Cohen Institute for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and Ideas & The Midrasha Faculty of the Art, Beit Berl Academic College
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CONFERENCE – The Politics & Aesthetics & Posthumanism
16-20 May 2014 Tel Aviv University & HaYarkon 19, Tel Aviv – Center for Art, Culture & Education
Keynote Speakers: Sherryl Vint & Stefan Herbrecter

EXHIBITION – HeLa, Forms of Human Existence
15 May – 26 June 2014
Curators: Daniel Landau & Udi Edelman
HaYarkon 19, Tel Aviv – 
Center for Art, Culture & Education
HaMidrasha Faculty of the Arts, Beit Berl Academic College

Exploring the Post-Humanist paradigm, with its trends, risks and paradoxes, as it challenges the very uniqueness of humankind. The conference will deal with the Politics and Aesthetics of Posthumanism – attempting to articulate new understandings of a variety of concepts such as “self”, “machine”, “body”, “consciousness”, “intelligence”, “causality” & “identity”.

The exhibition, curated by Daniel Landau & Udi Edelman, takes the controversial case of Henrietta Lacks as a focal point to engage in the debate surrounding the opportunities and challanges embeded in digital & bio technologies. Henrietta Lacks was an Afro American woman who died in 1951. Her cells were extracted without her consent and then cultivated in laboratories world wide – becoming the world most popular cell line used in commercial industry and grossing tremendous profits.  The curators have invited a group of leading artists to participate in workshops led by experts in the field of law, philosophy and technology. A special piece by Oron Catts & Yonat Zurr – a worldwide renowned bio-artists from Australia, uses HeLa Cells in the Galler in their piece ‘Better dead than Dying”

Participating artists: Dr. Oron Catts, Yael Frank, Eran Hadas, Shirel Horovitz, Freddy Kislev, Dr. Haim Deuel Lusky, Itamar Shimshoni, Dr. Boris Oicherman, Hadas Ophrat, Avi Pitchon.


Dr. Sherryl Lynne Vint  | Opening key note presenter
Dr. Sherryl Lynne Vint is a Professor at the Department of English, University of California

Dr. Stefan Herbrechter | Closing key note presenter
Stefan Herbrechter is a professor and Reader in Cultural Theory at Coventry University, Department of Media and Communication, UK.

Dr. Mark Deuze | Guest lecturer
Mark Deuze is a professor at the Department of Media Studies, the University of Amsterdam. Deuze’s interests include the cultural and technological convergence of media culture in general and the creative industries in particular.

Oron Catts | Main artist exhibitor
Oron Catts is the director of SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence In Biological Arts, within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia.

Prof. Massimo Bergamasco | Special lecture
Prof. Massimo Bergamasco, Professor of Theory of Mechanisms and Machines
Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPisa, Italy. His research deals with Robotics & Brain Machine interfaces.

Major Israeli Scientists:

Ido Ramati, Hebrew University
Prof. Elana Gomel, Tel Aviv University
Rotem Bennet, The Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion)
Prof. Michael Bar Ilan, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Yuval Noah Harari, Hebrew University