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Wenzel Mehnert

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Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fabrikbetrieb sowie Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte TU Berlin

FG Wissensdynamik und Nachhaltigkeit in den Technikwissenschaften
Pascalstraße 8-9, PTZ 10
10587 Berlin 

wenzel.mehnert[at]tu-berlin.de

Sprechzeiten: montags, nach Vereinbahrung.

Arbeitsschwerpunkte

  • Representation of emerging technologies in Speculative Fiction
  • Narratives used in AI-discourse
  • Method development for deliberation of ethical questions in the field of AI

Aktuelle Tätigkeit

Wenzel Mehnert works as a research assistant at the Technische Universität Berlin in the Berlin Ethics Lab for Responsible AI and Responsible Human-Computer Interaction. He is doing his PhD on present and past narratives of brain-machine interfaces in speculative fiction, scientific discourse and the reciprocal feedback of both fields.

He also works at the University of the Arts in the Institute at the chair of Prof. Timothee Ingen-Housz. Here he develops creative methods for reflecting on present futures with creative means from design and literature and gives seminars on the media representation of futures.

Kurzbiografie

In his research and teaching, Wenzel Mehnert focuses on the intersection between Speculative Fictions (e.g. Science-Fiction Literature, Speculative Design, Design Fictions, Speculative Performances) and the assessment of New and Emerging Science and Technologies (e.g. A.I., SynBio, Internet of Things, etc.).

In a eclectic movement he combines disciplines like Science and Technology Studies (STS), Critical Future Studies (CFS) or Technological-Vision Assessment with creative practices of Worlbuilding, the deliberate process of creating a coherent Storyworld, and philosophical approaches to Speculative Thinking and Possible World Theory to reflect upon current future images. Therefore, his interest towards Futures is not a predictive one. Instead of looking into the future  he is interested in looking at the present futures, meaning the current assumptions of the future – where they come from and how they can be reshaped through narrative means.

Publikationen

Publikationen
in Vorbereitung
Mehnert, W. (Forthcoming). Zwischen Körper und Geist – transhumanistische Metaphern in der Spekulativen Fiktion. In: Körpern. UdK Verlag, Berlin
2020
Mehnert, W. De-Constructing Cyberpunk Worlds. In C. Ernst & J. Schröter (Eds.), (Re-)Imagining New Media in Art & Popular Culture at the End of the 20th Century. Meson Press.
2020
Fischer, N. & Mehnert, W. Building possible worlds. A speculation based research framework to reflect on images of the future. Journal of Futures Studies.
2019
Mehnert, W. Dystopische Möglichkeitsräume — Near Future Science Fiction als Schnittstelle zu möglichen Zukünften. In K. D. Haensch, L. Nelke, & M. Planitzer (Hrsg.), Unheimliche Schnittstellen / Uncanny Interfaces. Textem Verlag Hamburg. Hamburg: textem Verlag.
2019
Kolombe, T., & Mehnert, W. What Desert Smell’s Like. Self-Published anthology of Sci-Fi Short-Stories developed at the University of the Arts.
2017
Haupt, J., & Mehnert, W. Business Model Futures. In M. Heidingsfelder, S. Kaiser, K. Kimpel, & M. Schraudner (Hrsg.), Shaping Future. Stuttgart: Frauenhofer Verlag.

Vorträge

Vorträge
2020
De-Constructing Cyberpunk Worlds (2020) Specfic 2020, Karlstadt, Sweden
2020
Technodystopian Imaginaries in Cyberpunk worlds (2020) Visions and Narratives of AI, Berlin Ethics Lab, TU-Berlin
2020
Rethinking Futures (2020) (canceled due to Corona) Futures Conference 2020 in Helsinki
2020
Futureworld Cafe (2020) (canceled due to Corona) Invited as a speaker on the Meta Marathon, Düsseldorf
2020
A.I. against Extinction II (2020), re:publica, Berlin
2020
Prototyping Sociotechnical Systems (2020) Cybioses symposium, Berlin
2020
What desert smells like? (2020) Hybrid Talks XXXIX – “Speculation”, Berlin
2020
Worldbuilding & Speculative Fiction (2020) Speculative Futures Meetup, Berlin
2019
Speculative Performances (2019) Future Slam at FU-Berlin
2018
A Plea for Speculative Thinking (2018) Solarpunk Festival, Berlin
2018
Speculative Foresight (2018) Huddle of the Master course Future Studies, FU-Berlin
2017
 Business Science-Fictionalized (2017) Re:Publica in Berlin

Performances & Ausstellungen

Performances & Ausstellungen
2020
Down to Earth (2020) Exhibition at the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
2019
A.I. against Extinction I (2019) Blackmarket of Knowledge in Dresden
2018
Let Nature Rule (2018) Bits & Bäume Conference in Berlin, Germany
2018
Objects of Uncertainty (2018) Drone Dancing Festival in Stockholm, Sweden
2015
This Situation (2015) Performance by Tino Sehgal, Amsterdam
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