Säulenhalle MAK Vienna
Everybody knows social media can be creepy. But lately it seems it’s getting a little too intimate with us, calling us by our first names and channelling embarrassing memories into our feeds. The Internet enticed us to move our lives online, promising an end to isolation. Since its inception it has demystified sexuality for millions of people. So now we can access love and intimacy at our fingertips. And technology is only going to continue to take intimacy to a whole new level in the future. As we continue the quest for augmenting our existence, virtual reality holds the promise of lifelike experiences without the need of actual physical presence. Virtual romantic partners like Samantha in the movie “Her” are poised to be a reality. In fact, new apps like Alice AI or Invisible Boyfriend are already out there, sending you loving texts like a real partner might. It gets even edgier, with futurists predicting that in just 10 to 15 years we will have robots that look and feel incredibly like us, robots we can cuddle and even have sex with. It’s obvious that these developments directly impact our evolution.
But can emerging science and technology defeat loneliness? How will interhuman relationships evolve in this context? Are we seeing the collapse of the institution of marriage? Is the potential for sexual education still unexplored? How is our psyche responding to all these changes? Can we find real intimacy amid shifting identities and permanent surveillance?
We want to invite you to an evening of questioning current developments and envisioning The Future of Intimacy.
Dan ChenDesigner & Engineer (USA)
Dan Chen is a designer and engineer. Working in the realms of robotics and interaction design, Dan explores the new ways of communication and human experience through mix medium, inviting a reflective evaluation & implication.
Yana Tallon-HicksSex Educator (USA)
Yana Tallon-Hicks is a pleasure-positive sex writer & educator who teaches consent-based sex education & sexual pleasure workshops. Her sex writing is widely published and can be found weekly in her sex column, the V-Spot.
Ghislaine BoddingtonBody Technologist (UK)
Ghislaine is the Creative Director at body>data>space, as well as an artist and thought leader. She is advocating the use of the body as a digital interaction canvas. This year Ghislaine is curating the Future Love theme for Nesta’s FutureFest.
Amy Adele HasinoffMedia Researcher (USA)
Amy Adele Hasinoff researches how and why we view new communication technologies as both the cause of and solution to social problems. She wrote a book on the media, legal, and educational responses to sexting.
Toon TimmermansTeledildonics Pioneer (NL)
Toon Timmermans is the CEO of Kiiroo, an innovative tech company founded in 2013 which has developed a unique technology to get intimate online through a social platform, mobile app and a set of interactive toys. These devices enable both men and women to experience real-time physical interaction.
Himanshu GiriTrainee Psychoanalyst (AT)
Himanshu Giri is a trainee psychoanalyst based at an outpatient clinic in Vienna. He works with people from diverse cultural backgrounds who have difficulties with intimate relationships and other psychological problems.
Wendy WilliamsAuthor (CAN/AT)
Wendy is the author of The Globalisation of Love, a book about multicultural romance and marriage. Through personal interviews, Wendy explores the whirls and twirls, the quirks and perks, the frustrations and the fun of multicultural relationships.
Sharon BoothDance Performer (CAN)
Within the realm of dance, touch, honesty and intimacy each play a huge role. Professional dancers Sharon & Alberto Franceschini create connections between each other, the audience and these roles to speak the language of physicality that we all innately share.
18:45 Session 1
Recorded TED Talk
Performance by Sharon Booth
20:00 Break & Interactive Experiences
Amy Adele Hasinoff
23:00 Afterparty @ RED ROOM (Stubenring 20) DJs:
Blondage & Mo 2000
Precious K & Roman Rauch
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Exhibitors & Interactive Experiences
Social VR by VREI. Is VR the key to the future of our quality time? A new study suggests that 50 per cent of couples will meet online within the next 20 years. Virtual reality is set to revolutionize the way people meet and engage digitally. Supported by VREI, you can try the first VR social network and interact live with people from all over the world!
Virtual Narcissism by MRTN. New media and visual artist Martina Menegon invites you to an intimate dialogue to establish a relationship between your physical and virtual body. In “Virtual Narcissism“ she creates a virtual tableau made of 3D scans of herself seeking to explore the concepts of intimacy, sexuality, loneliness, and identity crises in our digital era.
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- 7 speakers + 1 performance
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- New insights
Interactive experiences and innovations on display at the exhibition area.
- Try new technologies
- Talk to the industry
- Discover innovations
Meet local and visiting innovators, from technology, entertainment, design, and a host of other exciting fields.
- Food and drinks
- After Party
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I want to cancel my ticket?
Unfortunately, you can't, but you can transfer it to somebody else. Please send us the name and email of the person you want to transfer it to with the email you used to buy your ticket(s) until April 29.
What if I want to do more than listen to TEDx Talks?
We have inspiring and amazing exhibitors, delicious local food and drinks, networking opportunities, and did we mention that the event is in the beautiful MAK museum?
What if I don't want to stay seated for 4 hours?
That's totally okay. TEDxViennaSalon 2016 features two sessions of talks, each of which are about 90 minutes long. But you can come and go anytime.
What if I get hungry or thirsty?
No problem at all! We’ll make sure your focus is on great ideas and not your rumbling stomach. You’ll be able to enjoy a tasty selection of snacks and refreshments at no additional cost.
October 22, 2016.
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