The “Telephone: Communication Technology & Communicating Technology” summer school organised by tranzit.ro/Cluj took place between the 14th and 20th of September of this year in Câmpu Cetații. It was a fruitful place for dialogue between participants, guest speakers and curators. The concepts about technology and society that acted as the project's foundation were developed and refined, leading to new connections between the speakers’ topics of interest, some of which were very unexpected.
As part of the “Telephone” project, we will be releasing a podcast series, featuring the guest speakers discussing their topics with each other. The whole 6-episode series will be available by the middle of November, and the first 4 episodes are already available on the project’s Facebook page or here.
In the 1st episode, Alin Răuțoiu interviews Irina Dumitru and Alexandru Evanghelidis, the summer school’s curators, about the project’s objectives, what the stakes of the interdisciplinary study of technology are, and what’s next for the project. The episode also takes a quick look at the topics covered by the rest of the series.
The 2nd episode features Alin Răuțoiu, Marina Oprea, and Beti Toma discussing how we read the internet, who teaches us to read it, and what internet literacy even means.
Episode 3 has Alexandru Evanghelidis and Ciprian Făcăeru talking about the permeable borders between virtual and real.
In the 4th episode, Alin Răuțoiu moderates a discussion between Marina Mironica and Florina Dumitru about the impact tech consumerism has on the environment, the mitigation strategies against it, and the limitations of such strategies.
Episode 5 sees Raluca Oancea and Ciprian Știrbu entering the black box of AI and discussing what it’s made of.
The last episode has Lorin Ghiman and Irina Dumitru looking at strategies for anticipating future technology, some of the ideological factors interfering with them, and especially what it would mean to inject responsibility into the innovation process.
The project is organised by tranzit.ro/Cluj in partnership with Foundation 9 (Scena 9), National Institute for Research and Development in Materials Physics and Dezarticulat.
The main partner of tranzit.ro is ERSTE Stiftung.
Cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration.
The project does not necessarily represent the views of the National Cultural Fund Administration.
The National Cultural Fund Administration is not responsible for the project’s contents or how the project’s results can be used.
These are entirely the responsibility of the funding’s beneficiary.