Katharina Meyer is trained as historian of technology and arts+media administration and curates knowledge and exhibition. At STATE Festival and re:publica, she coordinates all activities in the fields of science & culture.
Katharina Meyer is trained as historian of technology and arts+media administration and curates knowledge and exhibition. At STATE Festival and re:publica, she coordinates all activities in the fields of science & culture. Prior, she has been research associate at the Center for Digital Cultures; Leuphana University Lüneburg, was the project lead for digital humanities at Open Knowledge Foundation German chapter and wrote for various platforms and magazines such as netzpolitik.org and the Epilog about (digital) culture.
Together with Theresa Züger she is exploring transdisciplinary approaches in computer science within the framework of university co-operations under the umbrella of the Polynocular Tech Lab. She dreams of an analogous GIF museum - eclecticism as a method has proven itself paramount not only within the project Remix Museum.
A great idea alone often isn't enough to push forward innovative and new ideas - and make them visible along the way.
Even more important that those new ideas, is their perception as valuable by various groups at the same time and that they are examined from different perspectives and disciplines. Often, if those new ideas get to battle each other - like it happened with the "electricity war“ - small nuances make the decisive difference about lose or gain for any of them. Those accidental nuances tend to be visible only in hindsight, be it of a technological or historical manner, choice of partners and collaborators - or sheer luck.
Drawing on about five examples, Katharina will explore why it is always recommendable to confidently mistrust your instinct and breach out your comfort zone - and how this confidence can lead to inventing the WIFI by starting off from a pianola score.