Berlin University of the Arts
Daniela Kuka (MA) has been a research fellow at Berlin University of the Arts since 2009. From 2004 to 2009 she was a Creative Member and Senior Researcher for Interactive Dramaturgy at Ars Electronica Futurelab Linz (A). She worked in several R&D Projects with international companies and cultural institutions and is one of the creators of "Deep Space", a large scale Realtime 3D Environment for Interactive Storytelling at Ars Electronica Center / Museum of the Future.
Her current research and teaching perspective is on Persuasive Technology, especially in respect of digital communication structures and interfaces.
In her PhD, she is working on an experiment called "metaFACTION", which she will discuss in her talk. metaFACTION is an (unfair?) machine for the adaptive creation and simulation of conflicts in a documentary style, and it is an experimental semantic tool for critical discourse representation and discourse hacking. What is paradoxical about metaFACTION is not so much its capability of contradicting itself in a plausible manner as its underlying functional principle: the targeted use of errors – on a meta-level – as a means of shaping democratic communication.
Useful insights were made possible by a pre-project, “Meta-Dating”. Meta-Dating is a conception and design project initiated by Klaus Gasteier, Professor of New Media at the University of the Arts Berlin, since the summer term of 2009. In collaboration this evolved into an experimental format for non-linear persuasive communication, in which new approaches are being tested and developed further.
As an integrated follow-up project at the intersection of research and creation, metaFACTION demonstrates that "digital epistemes" – a new era of Foucaultian knowledge structures as they emerge from online aggregation services and filter systems? – make it appear conceivable that man-machine-networks converge to an auto-generative persuasion system, which no longer admit the distinction between 'persuader' and 'persuadee'.