Andreas Bernard

Andreas Bernard

moderated by Alexander Klose

Profile, location tracking and Quantified Self: about the peculiar heteronomous self-empowerment in the smartphone era


The social network profile, location tracking on your smart phone and measuring personal physical data all have one thing in common: their roots lie in criminology and psychiatry. How is it possible that devices and methods that once served to put criminals and maniacs behind bars, nowadays serve as an instrument for self-empowerment?

Andreas Bernard will be reading from his newly published book Komplizen des Erkennungsdienstes. Das Selbst in der digitalen Kultur (Accomplices to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information. Digital Culture and the Self.)


(German, 45 min, stage 2)


Andreas Bernard is a publicist and professor at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University in L├╝neburg.


Alexander Klose is a curator and cultural researcher focussed on the interdependence between media technologies and social organization.