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Nicholas Korody (co-founder of Adjustments Agency) and Marina Otero Verzier (director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut) convene Tender Machines: Bodies, Technologies, and Labour in the Contemporary City. A marathon of talks, screenings, and performances held in Shenzhen on February 15 and 16, 2020, by invitation of Eyes of the City curator Carlo Ratti. The event aims to expand discussions around the introduction of AI, machine vision, and other new technologies into cities.

Exploring the entanglement of bodies and technologies that constitutes urbanity, Tender Machines aims to interrogate normative understandings of the so-called “technologized” or “smart city,” rejecting binary constructions of the “human” and the “machine” frequently employed in discourses surrounding it. Rather than oppositional, technology is understood as enfleshed, and bodies as technologized. What does that mean for how we think about cities today?

Speakers include Peijie Gu, Ian Ingram, Jen Liu, Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta, Simone Niquille, among others.

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents three projects at the eighth Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) from December 2019 to March 2020 in Shenzhen: Automated Landscapes: Time, Cycles, Automata and Dalang Fever 3 and the symposium Tender Machines.


Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), Shenzhen