This talk searches for the possibilities and limitations of creativity in the digital. Are there creative undertakings that are simply beyond the reach of digital tools? What sorts of creativity does the digital encourage, and what sorts of creativity might it impede?
By examining the underlying technological principles of digital operation, I begin to illustrate how those principles enable the extraordinary and diverse possibilities of digital technologies and how they suggest certain places the digital cannot go. As more and more of our lives are lived in and through the digital, as more and more intellectual and creative tasks are conducted in cooperation with digital machines, it becomes crucial to understand how those digital environments may be shaping our thoughts and our actions. Do we now derive the possibilities of our own lives in reference to the possibilities of a digital world?
Aden Evens is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. His research, teaching, and free time are devoted to music, philosophy, mathematics, and digital culture.
Matthias Haenisch is a research associate of the research group “MuBiTec – Music learning with mobile technologies” (University of Cologne, Berlin University of the Arts, University of Erfurt, University of Lübeck; promoted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science), where his research concerns, among other things, questions of socialization, subjectification and aesthetic experience in postdigital communities.
Dahlia Borsche is musicologist and curator. In 2019 she took on the position of Head of Music at the DAAD Artist-In-Berlin programme.