Neurótica

Neurotica examines the anxieties of contemporary society, generated by the rapid advances made in science and technology, and looks at the way individuals and the community are coping with these innovations and their offshoots. There are three phases to the project: Neurótica:bio / habitat / the other.

Neurótica has been presented:

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Noviembre 2006 en NOW, Encuentros en el Presente Continuo, en el CCCB (Barcelona)

Neurotica examines the anxieties of contemporary society, generated by the rapid advances made in science and technology, and looks at the way individuals and the community are coping with these innovations and their offshoots. There are three phases to the project: presented here is the first Neurotica:bio , which explores society’s perception of advances in biotechnology and the hopes and fears associated with them.

The artist, engineer and thinker Natalie Jeremijenko presented her views on these issues, followed by a dialogue with Alfonso Valencia and Fabio Tropea as well as the audience.

October 2007 in  Intermediae/El Matadero (Madrid)

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December 2007 in NOW, Encuentros en el Presente ContinuoCCCB (Barcelona)


By 2008 it is predicted that, for the first time in human history, most of the world’s population will live in the cities. The objective of the second phase of the Neurotica project is to study the metabolism of urban habitats and the possibilities that ecological innovation can improve the quality of life in the mega-cities and surrounding rural areas. The challenge is to find solutions in preventing the countryside from being turned into a controlled market garden devoted to producing food and energy products for the city, and to slow down trends toward hyper-consumerism.

Is technical and scientific development the environmental solution or the cause behind unsustainability? What is society’s view of our advance towards climate chaos?

Alex Steffen, promoter of ecological innovation and co-founder of worldchanging.com, talked to Václav Cilek , geologist, philosopher and Head of the Geology Institute at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Joan Rieradevall, researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona’s Institute of Environmental Science and Technology. The session  began with the first-ever showing of an interview with Vandana Shiva, physicist and environmental activist.

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El proyecto Neurótica es una investigación a largo plazo que examina la ansiedad de la sociedad actual en relación al desarrollo acelerado en tecnociencia.

Neurótica se presenta en una serie de eventos regulares en los que se invitan a diferentes agentes culturales de diversas áreas – del arte, ciencias de la vida y social, periodistas, analistas, filósofos, etc -.

Neurótica se divide en fases, en cada una se explora la acción entorno a conceptos y desarrollos de última generación y la forma en la que éstos son percibidos por el individuo y la sociedad y el impacto que causan.

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