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Giselle Beiguelman is a new media artist, curator and researcher. She teaches Art History and Design at the Architecture and Urbanism Faculty of the University of São Paulo. Her art work has been presented in international venues such as Net_Condition (ZKM, Karlsruhe), el final del eclipse (Fundación Telefonica, Madrid), The 25th São Paulo Biennial, Algorithmic Revolution (ZKM), 3rd Sevilla Biennial, Transitio_MX (Mexico), YOU_ser (ZKM), Geografías Celulares (Fundacion Telefonica, Buenos Aires and Lima), artemov (Belo Horizonte and São Paulo) and Visual Foreign Correspondents (Berlin), among others. Beiguelman’s creations often explore the dynamic potentials of new media technologies, both in theoretical and practical applications.

Giselle’s website: desvirtual.com

Mobility goes post-virtual

Abstract: We have been “cyborgized” by our cell phones, which are a kind of permanent connection point that expand our bodies and locate us in a temporality of an eternal now. Screens of different sizes, with constantly updating features, reshape notions of domestic space and privacy. Applications of Augmented Reality insert layers of information in the urban environment and redefine public space.

The materials of the objects around us are the result of chemical equations and people remodel themselves in surgical centers that turn us into compounds of botox, silicone, flesh and blood. Our food comes from laboratories and scientists promise us a world populated by clones and new artificial beings. We live-mediated by social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and the Internet is one of the privileged stages of political mobilization. Without doubt, we can say that the virtual age ended in the first decade of this century. Reality swallows everything and then positions us in the center of interconnected networks that are accessed, literally, through the palm of our hand.

In this presentation I will discuss how artists and designers are responding to this emerging context, exploring new interface models and formulating critical points of view to control strategies and overwhelming mass consumption.