Schizotopia Live Stream

Brought to you by students from EBABX Bordeaux

18 – 21 January 2018

HfK, Am Speicher XI 8, Bremen

The Schizotopia conference will take place the 18th to 21st of January 2018 and includes the participation of 100 invited design students, fine art students and teachers. Apart from that, external experts from the field of Art, Philosophy and Medicine, are invited to open up different perspectives on the connection between Schizophrenia and creativity. The conference is a collaboration between the art Universities in Bremen, Karlsruhe, Lyon, Bordeaux, Oslo and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Visitors from the outside are also welcome to visit the event and take part in our activities.

In the text ”On the Origin of the Influencing Machine in Schizophrenia” (1919), the Psycho-analyst Viktor Tausk describes a recurring phenomenon of a mystical machine-like mechanism, consisting of typical machine attributes like: bells, levers, cog wheels and whistles, in the testimonies of patients diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The machine works as an external, malicious control agent, manipulating the thoughts and behaviors of the patient. The complexity of its construction always exceeds the patient’s comprehension and is up to date with the latest technology. The Influencing machine projects pictures, adds and removes thoughts, creates motoric phenomena, and indescribable pathological sensations, that altogether represents many of the symptoms associated with Schizophrenia.

While Tausk, like Freud, interpreted Schizophrenia as an ego-deficiency and a weakened notion of the self, which was symptomatically illustrated by how the Influencing-machine interferes with and distributes the patients inner life, Gilles Deleuze and Guattari inversed the concepts in the early 1970’s and defined the idea of the normalized ego and body, detached from the rest of the world, as a paranoid delusion, attributed to psycho-analysis and the oedipal triangulation (mother-father-child). They meant that psychoanalysis was mainly a way to conform the fragmented and nomadic soul to the real illness: the underlying social structures of our society and capitalism in particular. Where Tausk in the Influencing machine found a metaphor for mental illness on the individual level, Deleuze and Guattari saw a social illness and the Influence machine as a potential remedy. Through Schizo-analysis they proposed a productive utilization of the transcending ego, as a way to release suppressed desires and open up new areas of exchange and interaction, where we instead of adapting the psyche to fit the machine, creates machines that works with and through our minds: the Schizo-machines.

The conference Schizotopia will be based around the connection and activation of six different machines in the Auditorium of the HfK in Bremen, representing the six participating Art Universities.

By “machine" we employ the broadest possible definition of the phenomenon, inspired by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s ideas about "Desiring-machines" as described in ”Anti-Oedipus” (1971): organisms driven by collective energy, self-preservation and instinct, consisting of a working part, a driving and part that connects to other machines. To make these connections, each group, consisting of students from the participating schools, needs to adapt their outgoing plug to the next machine’s ingoing contact interface. How the ingoing impulse will affect the function of the next machine, is up to the groups to determine and something that will be implemented and tried out during the conference. The purpose of the machines is to create a perpetual motion, throughout the event and at the same time to produce documentation, records, of as well their own function as the surrounding context. The machines most important function is to connect the participating students and the visitors of the conference in a collective effort to make a working circuit of the six machines. What is produced by the machine works as a necessary distraction, in order to grasp its actual meaning.

Simultaneously with the machine building and operation, lectures will be hold from a podium integrated in the Bremen mother machine. There will also be continuous workshops, both in the Auditorium, and in three satellite spaces at the school: The Foyer, the Conference room and the Segment. In the Segment all documentation is organized and exhibited, the Conference room is for contemplation, discussion and reflection and the Foyer is where nothing can really happen (but everything does).

Bardhi Haliti (moderator)

Graphic designer in Amsterdam, organizer of the REDO conference in Prishtina.

Simon Kyaga

Psychiatrist and researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Uwe Gonther

Professor in Psychiatry in Bremen and honorarar professor at HKS in Ottersberg.

Sereina Rothenberger

Graphic designer in Zürich, professor at HfG in Karlsruhe.

Rebecca Stephany

Graphic designer and professor at HfG in Karlsruhe.

Olivier Lebrun

Graphic designer in Paris, teacher at ENSBA in Lyon.

Alex Balgiu

Designer and instructor in the PCA Communication Design Department.

Benjamin Thorel

Benjamin Thorel, art critic and publisher in Paris, teacher at EBABX in Bordeaux.

Benjamin Valenza

Artist in Marseilles and teacher at EBABX in Bordeaux.


Graphic design bureau, London.

Dorinel Marc

Artist and shaman in Stockholm.

Giacomo Porfiri

Performance artist and musician, Berlin.

Ian Lynam

Multi-disciplinary creative, teacher at the Temple University and Meme Design School in Tokyo.

Andreas Berg

Illustrator and illustration historian in Stockholm, professor at KHIO in Oslo.

Stephane Barbier Bouvet

Product designer and artist in Bruxelles and Geneve.

Theo Barth

Theo Barth, anthropologist and professor at KHIO in Oslo.

Martin Egge-Lundell

Graphic designer and professor at KHIO in Oslo.

Urs Lehni

Graphic Designer, Talinn.

Thomas Knecht

Space engineer.

Thomas Keiser

HfK alumni, Graphic Designer and Performance artist.

Peter Lilienthal

Engineer and Head of Security at HfK Bremen.


JABOLEX aka Breze Instituut is a three-headed human-machine program for live music performance that was designed in Bremen, Germany. It’s sounds oscillate between primitive kraut repetition, immersive noise studies and shameless party bangers.

Samuel Nyholm

Illustrator and artist in Stockholm, professor in Bremen.

17:00 Introtainment by Bardhi Haliti + Schizotopia folder
17:15 Welcome by Rektor Roland Lambrette and Dekanin Andrea Sick
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Samuel Nyholm “The Subjective Evolution of Communication”, lecture + hello
20:00 "hypnosis" and Amulets by Shaman and Scientist, Schizo-Semiosis
20:30 Ceremony of placing Machines in the Auditorium
21:30 Performance, Segment 6, Thomas Keiser “zʊnkstudʒekts-tteəriŋs”
11:00 Peter Lilienthal and Thomas Knecht, podium discussion about security in the public space
12:00 Machine installing, Stephane Barbier Bouvet
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Simon Kyaga, lecture
16:00 Urs Lehni, „Harmony Joy Bus Ride / Drag Disharmony Hell Ride — Excerpts from a still unfinished Wesley Willis project.“, lecture + sound
17:00 Ian Lynam, “Fracture”, lecture + smoke
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Åbäke vs. Benjamin Thorel, “bali-balo” Lecture + battle
20:00 Jabolex, music performance
21:00 Giacomo Porfiri, "Mind the gap between the train and the platform."
11:00 Schizoshamanisticexpialidocious, Zoltar, Museum of Consciousness, pages and prophecies
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Uwe Gonther, lecture “What´s the Meaning of Schizophrenia”
15:00 Sereina Rothenberger and Rebecca Stephany, workshop “Protocol Zero”
15:00 "IS THE UNIVERSE CREATED BY AN INTELLIGENT DESIGNER OR BY A CRAZY ARTIST? (The Sha-Maniac State of Mind and The Society's Mind Control)", Dorinel Marc
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Theo Barth, The Schizo-Machine
20:00 Robin, Live Set
21:00 Qnete, Dj Set
11:00 Deconstructive Workshop
13:00 is lunch, arranged with catering to a modest cost.


Organisational Team from Bremen:
Media & Graphics Room Machine Schizo Semiosis
Jonas Bornhorst (Chora) Nele Mohr (Chora) Alexander Pfeiffenberger (Chora) Jörg Riechardt (Chora)
Dominik Hirtel Biarna Diegmüller Henning Gundlach Janina Fritz (Chora)
Laura McFarlane Jonas Holst Daniel Meißner Yannick Breuer
Franziska Eggelmann Michelle Iyekepolor Philip Duczek Ruoxi Du
Lara Flues Sarah Königs Tsubasa Miyamoto Thea Mühl
Yoriko Seto Viviane Schuwerack Guoshu Qin Sam Rauh
Darius Rafii Vardiny Katrin Vossmann Bjørg Rühs Neele Sakautzky
xxx Florian Witt xxx Te I Um

Supervision, Project responsible:
Samuel Nyholm, HfK Bremen

Supported by:
HfK Bremen
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
EBABX Bordeaux
HfG Karlsruhe
Future Neolithic