4th Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation
October 20, 2017 | 10 am–6.30 pm
Salomé Voegelin and Anna Barney have been invited to present their research on Listening Across Disciplines at the 4th Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation at the Centrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM). The conference will focus on the potential of art and science as an effective means of strengthening democracy in Europe.
Their presentation ‘Listening Education: hearing the fake’ will form part of the first panel ‘Different cultural digital tools used to fight populism, fake news, xenophobia and ideological political movements’. By proposing an education according to listening, Voegelin and Barney promote an attitude of doubt in the complete, in what we think we see as a persuasive whole, and invites the probing suspension of pre-conceptions and naturalized views to allow for the discernment of what is false and what might be true. In this way the adoption of listening as a method and strategy in education promotes interrogation and a practical engagement in the truth of things that avoids the simple acceptance of fake news, untruths and post-truth narratives, and instead hears in the soft between of things the “how” of their popular appeal and acceptance.
The conference will discus the tools of digital culture, with actors and decision-makers from different disciplines, institutions and citizens’ initiatives, including keynotes Peter Sloterdijk and Hito Steyerl. Conference participants will work on two main topics throughout the day; firstly the use of appropriate digital tools to enable citizens to actively participate in strong European democracies by promoting digital literacy and training resistance forces against current phenomena threatening democracy, such as populism, fake news and xenophobia; and secondly and the arts and the science networks in culture which are actively working against these anti-democratic tendencies.
The Conference will be live streamed, and discussion will be welcomed via Twitter and YouTube.