‘Octopus’ is a podcast about individuals in a networked world and their relationships and affiliations with fast evolving networked organisms. Our speculations circle around the interaction between mind and matter and the merger of sensations and the material world.
The Octopus Podcast invite guests from art, academia, science and fringe areas to discuss contemporary issues in the fields of technology, art, society, science and politics. It would find out where areas of exchange and communication between individuals, collectives and new organisms can be found and ask: How we can imagine and describe such otherworldly phenomena.
We seek to invent new perspectives and languages to describe the evolutionary processes unfolding in real-time before our very own eyes and sensors.
‘Octopus’ is a Black Mirror Institute production, created and moderated by Sam Hopkins, Liz Haas aka lizvlx and Hans Bernhard and recorded at KHM, the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.
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A video version can be watched on Youtube.
Octopus S2E4 🐙 resistance against surveillance capitalism 🐙 with Lars Wehringer (Capulcu)
In the fourth episode of the second season of the Octopus, Lars Wehringer from Capulcu Collective and Sam Hopkins talking about platform capitalism, how we are surveilled and consequences of that, thinking about digital resistance and giving advice how to protect your privacy (if this is even possible).
Octopus S2E3 🐙 How To Enjoy Your Life 🐙 with Diana McCarty
In the third episode of the second season of the Octopus, Diana McCarty and Hans Bernhard dive into collective work, the struggle of artists, techno/cyberfeminism, net culture, radio, white supremacists and much more!
Octopus S2E2 🐙 Haben Roboter Rechte? 🐙 mit Fatima Kastner
Fatima Kastner: Haben Roboter Rechte?
Hans Bernhard im Gespräch mit Fatima Kastner über Ethik der Roboter, Verantwortung und Handlungsträgerschaft Künstlicher Intelligenz, der Frage nach dem Verhältnis von Globalisierung und Digitalisierung und Menschenrechten in der Weltgesellschaft.
Octopus S2E1 🐙 Battling the barbarism of our time 🐙 with Jean Peters
Battling the barbarism of our time
Jean Peters from the Peng! Collective
We kick off Season 2 of the Octopus with a bang - an interview with Jean Peters from the Peng! Collective. Jean takes us inside some of the projects of the collective, from Zero Trollerance (2015), the development of an army of anti-misogny bots to Mask. ID (2015) a tool for morphing different passport photos together to googlenest (2014) a prescient spoof google product based on data extraction. In this wide-roaming discussion we explore big questions about what it means to be politically active, where the border between art and activism lies and how we can "battle the barbarism of our time".
Octopus S1E9 🐙 The Alt Right: Men, Technology and Psychoanalysis 🐙
We discuss The Alt Right with Ivan Knapp from the University College London and Zenker, an artist and game designer from Leipzig. This verbal exchange includes metaphorical and practical analysis of games and game-ecologies such as Warhammer and World of Warcraft, and stretches over phenomenons such as the Alt Right, New Fascism, the Manosphere, Incels, White Supremacists and libertarian Silicon Valley Transhumanism, but also Gamergate, Cuck Memes and Elliot Rodgers. One focus is the nostalgia of 1980s aesthetics in Alt Right music and graphics (Vaporwave becomes Fashwave), both an unimaginative vision of the future based on the past, and the effective adaptation strategies of leftist protest techniques by this new right movement. Ivan Knapp looks at all these developments from the angle of the social dynamics of adolescent male groups, talks about Curtis Yarvin and Nick Land and the dangers of Marvel comics, Zenker talks about current experiences of New Right movements in Eastern Germany, the reconstruction of fantasy worlds and his 4 years of research in the global Alt Right.
Octopus S1E8 🐙 Recognition / Erkennen 🐙
This double-bill episode compares two image recognition projects. German artist and academic Christian Sievers talks about his art project ‘World Instance’, based on ImageNet resources and Kenyan coder and neural network expert Brian Muhia discusses his application ‘Shambabot’ which identifies plant illnesses. These two image-based projects are contrasted with the work of Stefanie Glauber, an artist who employs neural networks to experiment with the world of odors and scents. Our discussion floats along and peacefully orbits the different layers of recognizing, understanding and interpreting of sources and data through machines and different senses. The podcast covers, in quite detailed technical discussions, how image interpretation and neuronal networks work.