Rethinking Affordance

Akademie Schloss Solitude | June 7-9, 2018




6.00 p.m. Welcome Remarks

Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff


6.10 p.m. Introduction

Ashley Scarlett & Martin Zeilinger


6.30 p.m. What Things and Signs Can Do for Me: 

Affordance & Using, Resistance & Creating

Keynote Lecture by Frieder Nake


8.00 p.m. Food + Drink


9.00 p.m. Affordances of the Blind Spot

Performance by Eric Cazdyn


Friday, June 8, 2018

10.00 a.m. Realizing Affordance in the Techno-Industrial Residency

Ashley Scarlett


10.30 a.m. Painting Algorithms: K.O. Götz’s Rasterbilder and Vera Molnar’s Computer Paintings

Aline Guillermet


11.00 a.m. Affordances in Transitioning from Analog to Digital

George Legrady


11.30 a.m. Coffee Break


11.45 a.m. Ways of Sitting

FOCI+LOCI (Chris Burke and Tamara Yadao)


12.15 p.m. Digital Media Arts in the Middle East: Affordances for Whom?

Özgün Eylül İşcen


1.00 p.m. Lunch


2.00 p.m. Truly »Rare« Protocols: Art and Blockchains Beyond Scarcity

Laura Lotti


2.30 p.m. Affordances of the Digital Art Object in the Age of Intellectual Property


Martin Zeilinger


3.00 p.m. _Whitepaper

FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo)


3.30 p.m. Coffee Break


3.45 p.m. A Reach Beyond: EcoTechnoLogic(s) in Deep Time Machine Learning

Jol Thomson


4.15 p.m. Making Affordances Real: Multiplicity Distributed Agency, and Action Cascades in Sociomaterial Prefiguration

Christian Pentzold & Andreas Bischof


4.45 p.m. Commonist (Media) Design? Or, More Solidarity with Machinic Affordances!

Shintaro Miyazaki


5.15 p.m. Break


6.00 p.m. Once again, the Doorknob: On Affordance, Forgiveness and Ambiguity in Human Computer and Human Robot Interaction

Keynote by Olia Lialina


7.30 p.m. Dinner


8.30 p.m. Ways of Sitting

Performance by FOCI+LOCI


9.00 p.m. Organic Oscillators

Performance by Antoni Rayzhekov



Saturday, June 9, 2018

9.00 a.m.Breakfast


      10.00 a.m.        

Special publication issue discussion/workshopping  in the Hermanns Library

1.00 p.m. Lunch & End


Akademie Schloss Solitude is situated in a large hillside park, about five kilometres west of Stuttgart [map]. It is within easy reach by public transportation, both from the Stuttgart central train station (about half an hour by subway and bus), or from the airport (about 50 minutes by subway and bus). Taxi transfer is also available, but can cost up to 50€ (one way). We recommend that you make your travel arrangements to Stuttgart as soon as possible. Akademie Schloss Solitude will provide you with detailed local travel information closer to the date of the symposium. In the meantime, if you have any questions concerning travel, please contact Martin directly at: martin dot zeilinger at



Akademie Schloss Solitude will provide on-site accommodation for all participants, for the duration of the symposium. Check-In will be possible by 10am on Thursday, June 7th. Check-out will be Saturday, June 9th, in the afternoon. 



For presentations we have made sure to design a format that maximizes critical dialogue and discussion: presenters will have 20 minutes for their presentations, followed by a 30-minute discussion period at the end of each 3-paper session.  Paper presentations are schedule for Friday, with Saturday morning reserved for open discussion and journal contribution workshopping.

We are very excited to announce two keynotes for the symposium, which will be delivered by computer art pioneer Frieder Nake and pioneer Olia Lialina on Thursday and Friday evening, respectively.

We are also happy to confirm performances by filmmaker and cultural theorist Eric Cazdyn (CAN), improvised music veterans Foci+Loci (Tamara Yadao and Chris Burke; US), and current Bosch resident, Antoni Rayzhekov (BUL). Additional performance programming will be announced shortly.