New Interfaces/Nikoleta Kuglerová: Brave new world and its toxic interfaces

We cordially invite you to the MEDIUM Gallery for the third lecture in the New Interface series entitled ‘Intimate Screens (a case study of one relationship and a few things around it)’. The lecture will be held by a social consultant Ida Želinská, who is predominantely dealing with the mechanisms of the relationships between people and institutions. The lecture will be held in Slovak language.

Negative emotions, anxiety, depression. None of these are in today´s world something you would wish for. Let us become goddesses, not only online. We are consuming positive affirmations provided by various apps in a blink of an eye. Every net-based and technological progress is jumping at us from the screen. Keep smiling - and if not, apply a quick dopamine patch. TikTok, Instagram and collective conscioussness of the toxic positivity available for one like or heart emoji. In beautiful new world you will find a quick fix and a pill for everything unpleasant. Because nobody wants to be unhappy, unhapiness does not sell a consumption. About a phenomenom of toxic positivity and how to step out of its viscious circle will be talking within the lecture series New Interfaces Nikoleta Kuglerová.

Nikoleta Kuglerová is social and work psychologist and researcher, which is dealing with queer and feminist topics, minorities, relationality, sexuality, identity, and whitin her disseration also with the topic of compassion and selfcompassion. She is a part of Výskumný ústav detskej psychológie a patopsychológie, Amnesty International and a collective neon.

The lecture is a part of the New Interfaces series, which is dramaturgically covered by the head of the MEDIUM Gallery, Miroslava Urbanová. The New Interfaces are a series of interdisciplinary lectures led by experts in various fields - literature, psychology, social sciences, aesthetics and game theory and art. They deal with topics that resonate in the work of the youngest artists working within the post-media environment. The cycle will focus primarily on topics related to our cognitive conditions in the interfaces of constantly evolving technologies and in contrast to the desire for authentic, visceral experience escaping out here-and-now. These themes appear in art with increasing urgency, both in the overproduction of performative works or works thematizing these new interfaces. The lectures also reflect the themes that appear in the dramaturgy of the exhibition plan of the MEDIUM gallery and its reading club for students What´s the Point?

Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.