Hours and dates
- Oct 26 from 14:20 to 15:00
Marek Tuszynski, Executive Director and co-founder of Tactical Tech (2003), is a filmmaker, producer, curator, teacher and provocateur whose creative interventions span media from film and radio to television, books, exhibitions, public spaces and, of course, the web. For 30 years, he has worked at the intersection of technology and politics, information and activism, and the consequences of living in a quantified society.
Before Tactical Tech, he co-founded organisations dedicated to creating a circular economy of electronics, documenting contemporary art in post-communist countries and rapid technology response in crisis.
Within Tactical Tech, he co-founded Tactical Studios, co-curated the exhibitions Nervous Systems : Quantified Life and the Social Question (2016), The Glass Room (2016 – ongoing), and Everything Will Be Fine (2022), and co-authored the books Visualising Information for Advocacy and Efficiency And Madness. Marek lectures at universities worldwide, including the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano, The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, New York University in Berlin and the North Eastern University in Boston.
Marek was recently awarded a prize in the artist category by Mozilla’s Rise 25, which rewards “25 visionaries who are reshaping our digital future”.
And so what ?
The stories we need to hear do not have an easily identifiable protagonist, a person or group of people who can project their emotions, their unique stories and experiences, and help us relate to the problems and struggles they have faced in the past or will face in the near future. The stories we need to tell are about data, algorithms, silicon chips and a host of faceless companies, opaque protocols, overblown techno-fantasies and sluggish policies. Is it possible to tell compelling stories that create something more positive than a few mental itches and short-term discomfort?