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Michal Kučerák


Fracturing and Memetic Warfare

1. 6. 17:30 Lecture

Atomic energy and computers are among the most important inventions not only of the 20th century but of all human history. Like any other technology, they have both creative and destructive potential. On the threshold of the 21st century, computers have become an omnipresent tool that defines our cultural production and media circulation. Computer networks are becoming a new layer of consciousness, a shared collective intelligence that accelerates processes of production and dissemination. The acceleration of time leads to the decay of communication and the overproduction of media leads to confusion. We are all part of a memetic war that accelerates the process of fission. We are no longer splitting only the nuclei of atoms, but also the core of society – the relationships between people. In this short talk, we will look at how radicalization is occurring through algorithmization and the tools of hybrid warfare, and why it is important to pay attention even to what seems to be a mere pastime.


Michal Kučerák is a researcher, lecturer and curator who focuses on art mediation and digital projects. He collaborates with the TBA21 Foundation for Contemporary Art as a member of its digital team. He is involved in digital research primarily through the and Organismo (TBA21-Academy) projects. He is also a member of the creative collective that produces the Uroboros festival of activist design and art. He is a PhD student at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology. Michal initiated the research exhibition project #DATAMAZE (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, 2018–2022) which focused on the topics of digital and data literacy.

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