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 Neighborhood Technologies / Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games
picture picture picture picture 30 Aug 2012 @ 16:57, by Heiner Benking

Split interests, slit realities, slit presence - WHAT A DAY:

1) Neighborhood Technologies Conference, media and mathematics of dynamic networks [link], Programme: [link]

2) Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games [link]

Blankensee Colloquium 2012
A Transdisciplinary Conference, Aug 30 – Sept 01, 2012, Denkerei Berlin-Kreuzberg Funded by the Kooperationsfonds of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study

check also and come back - we meet until Saturday: [link]

taken from the website above: check the programm and presentations !

here is the putline or coloquium concept:
When sociologist Thomas Schelling published his research on housing segregation in major US-American cities in 1971, he accomplished more than just contributing to a novel type of ›social mathematics‹. With Schellings interest in the mechanisms of social segregation and his respective models, the analysis of actual neighborhood dynamics converged with a ›neighborly‹ research method. Starting from some basic local – aka neighborly – micro-relations of a defined number of agents behaving according to a restricted rule set, Schelling dynamically generated macroscopic segregation patterns. Henceforward, neighborhoods in a two-fold way (as objects and as applications) constituted a new research paradigm in which the complex macro-behaviors of a system and the non-linear dynamics of social collectives are generatively and procedurally put forth by rigidly defined microscopic neighborhood relations.

Neighborhoods depict an intermediate or meso-range for the linkage of single local agents with the overall global dynamics of social networks. Today, theories and practices of such Neighborhood Technologies have captured a variety of scientific disciplines: from Sociology to Biology, to Mathematics and Logistics, and to Robotics or Media Studies. Neighborhood technologies can thus serve as a principal element not only of a further understanding of social network dynamics. It can also be of use for developing an adequate (media) history and theory of social networks. The 2012 Blankensee Colloquium engages with these guiding lines from a transdisciplinary perspective.

The ambiguity of neighborhoods as scientific object and as application plays an important role in mathematical optimization and algorithmic game theory. These disciplines search for actual objects and systems where neighborhood relations play an important role – in order to subject them to mathematical analysis. Their major focus lies on predicting, evaluating and qualitatively assessing the state of an uncontrolled system that is determined by distributed actions of (rationally behaved) individuals based on their available information.

Likewise, for some years a growing interest in neighborhood-induced effects can be discovered in Culture and Media studies. Be it the ongoing discourse of swarm intelligence and the role of distributed (online) communication networks for political action, be it a media historical approach to local based media (e.g., GPS-navigation) and their influence on a transformation of concepts of space and time: Neighborhoods come to be part of not only a topographical and topological, but also conceptual transformation. They become an influential driving force of (global) mass movements, and they transform collectives into eminently technological arrangements.We attempt to short-cut the above described ›two cultures‹ of a preoccupation with dynamic networks in Culture and Media Studies and Mathematics via a re-wiring of their discourses, theories and applications. We seek to comprehensively address this research field by establishing a platform for the thorough discussion of neighborhood concepts and notions across scientific cultures. Thus, we invite researchers who concretely apply multi-agent systems in their respective research contexts: from Biology, Sociology, Computer science, Architecture, Robotics and Complexity studies. And we also include developers from businesses engaging in the neighborly organization of dynamic networks. With this layout, the Neighborhood Technologies conference alludes to a broader theory of social networks while at the same time originating new neighborhoods between scientific disciplines.

The exhibition “Olympia: Myth - Cult - Games” is an initiative of the Greek Cultural Foundation, Berlin, the official agency of the The Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sport. Partners: the German Archaeological Institute and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Partners of the Greek Cultural Foundation, Berlin, are: the National Archaeological Museum, Athens; the Archaeological Museum, Olympia; the Numismatic Museum, Athens; and the Antiquities Collection of the Berlin State Museums. The exhibition has been facilitated by the Berlin Capital Cultural Fund and the German Savings Banks and Giro Association, and supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens, and the A.G. Leventis Foundation. The current educational program is faciliated by the Friede Springer Stiftung.

This magnificent exhibition is devoted to the ancient Olympia shrine and its cult and to the contests held there that are revived every four years in the modern Olympic Games.

“Olympia: Myth - Cult - Games” is an initiative of the Greek Cultural Foundation and the Greek Ministry of Culture. The German Archaeological Institute and the Martin-Gropius-Bau are partners of the project. [link]
The catalogue for 25 EURO is like a deal - you never get more deep European Greek culture, up-to-date, and in such a quality and authenticity ! go for it !!

The synopsis of the history of OLYMPIA is presented as a narror slice, the natual, harmonious, concrete, is impressive, but where is the correlation and translation to modern times and olympic politics nowadays! We know sponsors have left the boat, but wher are the original ideas!? pan-helenic and pan-cosmological - worldly, down to earth and towards shared futures !? the looking-back is woth another visit !but where is the intended look-out after some gamers have been lost on the track.... ?


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