The Meta.Morf 2024 – [up]Loaded Bodies Conference explores the physical and technological body caught between virtual ecstasy and digital obesity. How to understand our place in a world where technologies blur the lines between the digital and the physical? Where everyone is in an endless state of loading—the living and dead, the human and non-human, the born and synthetic? This flux of physical-to-digital-and-back is reshaping every aspect of our existence—how we love, interact, identify, cognize, and even contemplate The End. [up]Loaded Bodies examines the liminal space where the body is put at the ridge between the tangible and intangible. The conference invites you to engage with critical questions about our coexistence and co-evolution with digital technologies. What is the status quo of [up]Loaded Bodies?

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[up]Loaded Bodies Conference Program

Day 1
Friday April 19
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10:00 – 10:10 Espen Gangvik Welcome
10:10 – 10:20 Zane Cerpina Introduction
10:20 – 10:50 Paula Strunden

Dancing in XR – Embodied Experiences in Extended Reality

10:50 – 11:20 Špela Petrič

Plant Machines: Explorations of New Intimacies Within the Vegetariat

11:20 – 11:50 Marnix de Nijs

Gravitational Bodies

11:50 – 12:50 Lunch
12:50 – 13:20 Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules

Unveiling the Bias: Reflection on Algorithmic Fairness

13:20 – 14:00 Boris Eldagsen

Prompted Flesh: The imitation of human bodies in AI Images

14:00 – 15:30 Arts and Culture Norway (Kulturdirektoratet)

ART & CONTROL – Artistic Freedom vs Regulating Tech / Panel debate with Birgitte Aga, Sarah Cook, Magnus Aspli, Anders Hofseth, Andre Holzapfel, Ståle Stenslie (moderator)

Day 2
Saturday April 20
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10:00 – 10:10 Zane Cerpina Introduction
10:10 – 10:40 Martinus Suijkerbuijk

Languaging AI: The Making of Behavioral Media

10:40 – 11:10 Marietta Radomska

RESURRECT.ME 2.0: Invoking the Dead, or on a Thousand (Tiny) Extinctions

11:10 – 11:50 Daniel Rourke No Upload Required: Deepfakes, Centaurs, and the Language Model Body
11:50 – 12:50 Lunch
12:50 – 13:20 Sunčica Ostoić Bodies in Intensity
13:20 – 13:50 Marco Donnarumma

Insurmountable: Of Bodies, Machines, and their Configuration

13:50 – 14:50 Alessandro Ludovico

Neural 30 Years Anniversary: The Ecology of Interdependent Networks

14:50 – 15:30 Panel debate Conference conclusion