LV-Nummer 3131 L 060
Gesamt-Lehrleistung 60,67 UE
Semester SoSe 2021
Ansprechpartner Christensen, Michelle
Conradi, Florian
Verantwortlich Christensen, Michelle
Conradi, Florian
Dozierend Christensen, Michelle
Conradi, Florian
Zugeordnet zu Technische Universität Berlin
Fakultät I
    ↳ Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
        ↳ 31319201 FG Open Science
Label Fachübergreifendes Studium Politik und Technik Fachübergreifendes Studium Kultur und Technik Fachübergreifendes Studium Geschlechterverhältnis und Technik Fachübergreifendes Studium Mensch und Maschine
Sprache Englisch

Termine (13)

Di., 20.04.2021 - Di., 13.07.2021 (wöchentlich)

10:00 Uhr - 13:30 Uhr

Keine Räume/Campus

Christensen, Michelle, Conradi, Florian

60,67 UE
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19.04.2021 - 25.04.2021(SW 2)

Mo. 19.04.2021
Di. 20.04.2021
Politics of Machines 
Ohne Ort
Christensen, Michelle; Conradi, Florian
Mi. 21.04.2021
Do. 22.04.2021
Fr. 23.04.2021

Studio Class – Politics of Machines (English / 4 SWS / 6 ECTS)

Dates: Tuesdays 10:00 – 13:30 / Introduction: 20.04.2021 at 10:00 via Zoom

Registration: Please register by latest the 16.04.2021 to: and 

Participants: Max. 15 participants


In a state of ‘ontological crisis’, all boundaries between human and machine, nature and culture, and the organic and inorganic have been severely blurred. These are times of curious contrivances, novel natures, inescapable automation and posthuman performances – where human and nonhuman find themselves being entwined, meshed and muddled into new unwitting entanglements. But from biased machine-learning to surveillance capitalism and digital colonisation – what power-structures are implicitly and covertly being embedded into these technologies? When are we still at the centre of the social algorithm, and when do we become extensions of the extensions that we built? Do we have to raise a discussion about political systems of things – about ‘ubiquitous capitalism’, ‘algorithmic aristocracy’ or ‘object-mediated democracy’?

In this studio class we will discuss ethical, social and political implications of technology with a focus on ‘automation’ versus ‘autonomy’. We will practice and formulate critical perspectives on the politics of machines, discovering novel phenomena and shadowing the material regimes of power that we ourselves live within – hindering and compromising personal devices and thus conducts, in order to uncover latent power structures embedded in everyday life. Furthermore, drawing on the approaches of research-through-design and critical making, we will prototype possibilities and provocations, integrating critical thinking with critical fabrication (no prior experience with design or technology necessary). 

The outcomes of the class can be displayed in the context of the conference ‘Politics of the Machines – Rogue Research’ that is planned to take place in September 2021 (


  • BA-KulT IS 4 (Text und Wissen)
  • BA-KulT IS 5 (Modernisierung)
  • BA-Studiengänge Kultur und Technik Freier Wahlbereich
  • MA Geistes- und bildungswissenschaftliche Masterstudiengänge Freier Wahlbereich
  • This studio class is open to students of all all disciplines and levels at all Berlin universities in the framework of a free elective