Elli Kuruş Will be Translating Bitnation
into Platonic Bodies

Lecture Performance
at Bükü
2015
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Does technology infuse us with the power to imagine a borderless
society? Why do political promises and utopias keep inscribing
themselves into digital infrastructures? What are modes and
conditions of these inscriptions? The performance lecture
zeroes in on those questions through a collective examination
of decentralised, deterritorialising techno-political structures
such as that of the blockchain.
The lecture performance confronts these convoluted and
highly abstract questions with a healthy dose of critical spirit
reinforced by hands-on experiences: It takes as an experiential
point of departure the phenomenon of the blockchain-wedding –
the ability to obtain binding documentation for a contractual
event – something traditionally guaranteed by the nation-state.
This event is transposed into the lecture situation, thereby
providing concrete phenomenological material illustrating the
far-ranging techno-political problematic outlined before. Within
this context, participants are tasked with embodying the
blockchain themselves. Customarily digitally mediated procedures
are translated into a paper-based process, executed by the
collective mind of present individuals. The event thus aims to
lyse existing ideological positions, leaving its subjects cheerily
infused with newly discovered dreams, acquired techno-political
tastes and secretly productive ambiguities.

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