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Uselessness:

Is this humankind's most valuable tool?


Michelle Howard and Luciano Parodi | CMT Platform | Lecture Series 2018|19

Our use of tools has often been portrayed as the definitive attribute that led to our current position at the top of the animal hierarchy by provoking us to stand upright and walk. As a direct result, our brains developed at an exponential rate, allowing us to express ideas, tell stories and make objects whose uselessness still confounds us today. Uselessness rarely matches our expectations and disappoints a priori, but it can also fascinate and liberate because it contradicts the logic of use equals value. A depository of neglected ideas can also be a treasure trove, an alternative Pandora’s box that can trigger creativity and free the imagination. Since the advent of modernism, we have been preoccupied with usefulness and employability, be it in terms of space, energy, production or, indeed, education.

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Uselessness:

Is this humankinds most valuable tool?


Michelle Howard and Luciano Parodi | CMT Platform | Lecture Series 2018|19

Historians predict that the rise of artificial intelligence will produce a “useless” class that will not only be unemployed, but unemployable. Karl Marx, in his Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts written in 1844, said that the production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. Uselessness is an uncharted phenomenon that may lead us to a better understanding of what our common values are and prepare us for a new future. If our future will be defined by our uselessness, then it is time for his state and our judgements of it to be reappraised. This lecture series brings together people with very differing approaches to uselessness and attempts to shed light on what our new future could hold.

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Uselessness:

Is this humankinds most valuable tool?


Michelle Howard and Luciano Parodi | CMT Platform | Lecture Series 2018|19

This series is composed of nine lectures in 2018|19:

Lecture_1: 15.10. | Ebru Kurbak | Artist | Vienna

Lecture_2: 19.11. | Guta Moura Guedes | Curator | Lisbon

Lecture_3: 10.12. | Friedemann Schrenk | Paleoanthropologist | Frankfurt/M

Lecture_4: 07.01. | Owen Hatherley | Author | London

Lecture_5: 18.03. | Eva Buchinger | Sociologist | Vienna

Lecture_6: 08.04. | Diedrich Diederichsen | Cultural Scientist | Vienna

Lecture_7: 29.04. | Kerstin Meyer | Economist | Berlin

Lecture_8: 13.05. | Sonia Leimer | Architect | Vienna

Lecture_9: 03.06. | Ruth Sonderegger | Philosopher | Vienna

all lectures start at 7pm

Room: IKA Forum / 1st floor, core N
Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna