Sat sept 9, 16-18 hr 
Concordia Theater, Oude Markt 15,  Enschede

Free entrance



Subtheme’s: –Warp Crash!  –Predator Earth  –Space Junk  –Steering the Universe


GOGBOT always encounters current developments in technology, also projects with strong social and cultural impacts for the future of mankind. This Saturday afternoon we are back in the beautiful Concordia theater, exploring intergalactic history and future with our international guests:

Dr Liz George, based in Munich for research at the Extreme Large Telescope
Daniela de Paulis, contemporary artist working at the Radio Telecoop Dwingeloo
Prof Amina Helmi, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, lectures about galaxy evolutions and dynamics
Prof Rene ten Bos, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Denker des Vaderlands 2017-2019
Josephine Bosma, journalist, net-art critic, moderator of the GOGBOT Symposium

liz george

Dr. Elizabeth George

Based in Munich for research at the Extreme large Telesccope


Finding new worlds

For most of history, humanity only knew of the existence of planets in a single solar system: our own. Of the 8 major planets, only one has environmental conditions favorable to life as we know it (earth). All of that changed in 1992 with the discovery of the first planet outside our solar system, known as an exoplanet. Twenty-five years later, we have confirmed the existence of 3,639 exoplanets in 2,729 planetary systems. How do astronomers find these planets, and how do they learn about the conditions there? We’ll explore some of the ambitious technology that humans are building to learn about these new worlds.






amina helmi

Amina Helmi is a Full Professor at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen. Her main research interests are in galaxy evolution and dynamics, with emphasis on what can be learned from the nearby Universe, and in particular from our own Galaxy.


The assembly process of a galaxy leaves imprints in the present-day spatial distribution, motions, ages and chemical abundances of its stars. The Milky Way is the only system (for now) for which we have direct access to this information, because only in our Galaxy and its nearby satellites can we measure the properties of millions of individual stars.


The main goal of her research thus far has been to characterize these fossil signatures from a theoretical point of view, and to use observational data to recover those fossils and thereby reconstruct the formation history of our Galaxy.

Besides Galactic archaeology, she is also interested on the problem of direct detection of dark-matter, and on the distribution of dark-matter around galaxies (both shape and density profile).




Josephine Bosma

Josephine Bosma is a journalist and critic living and working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She specializes in art in the context of the Internet. From 1993 her work initially appeared as radio reports and interviews on Radio Patapoe and VPRO. In 1997 Bosma became one of the key figures participating in and molding the then new sphere of critical Internet discourse (and practice) taking place in email lists such as Nettime and Rhizome. Since then her writings on net art and net culture appear in numerous magazines, books and catalogues, both on- and offline, from Ars Electronica, Telepolis, Mute, and DU to Metropolis M and Frieze D/E.

In 2011 her book Nettitudes – Let’s Talk Net Art – appeared. Since 2011 she is an external PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2013 she is on the advisory committee for digital culture (e-culture) of the stimuleringsfonds for Creatieve Industrie.




Daniela de Paulis is een interdisciplinair kunstenares die zowel in Italië als Nederland woont en werkt. In 2009 maakte zij voor het eerst een werk met een radiotelescoop, Opticks, waarin zij vanuit diverse landen op de wereld kleuren als radiosignalen naar de maan stuurde om terugkaatsende signalen vervolgens weer op te vangen bij het radiotelescoop van Dwingelo. Sindsdien is zij gefascineerd door de astronomie. De Paulis is momenteel bezig met een installatie te Dwingelo waarin de gedachtengolven van het publiek de ruimte in zullen worden gestuurd. Zij vertelt over de specificiteit van onze waarneming van de ruimte en hoe haar werk zich hiertoe verhoudt. Dit werk is bij GOGBOT in tentoonstelling te zien.


Daniela de Paulis is an interdisciplinary artist based in The Netherlands. She exhibits internationally, often collaborating with other artists, scientists and radio amateurs. She holds a BA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy, and a Master Degree in Media Arts from Plymouth University, UK. Since October 2009 she is the first artist in residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope and ASTRON where she developed, together with the CAMRAS and the ASTRON team, a technology called Visual Moonbounce.


She is currently working on a new project called ‘COGITO’ for which she is collaborating with the Overview Institute, as well as neuroscientists and philosophers.


COGITO is a thought experiment, currently in the process of being developed as an art
installation and experiential excursion in the Drenthe area (NL). The project is the result of
several years research at the Dwingeloo radio telescope and ASTRON (Dutch Research Centre for Radio Astronomy), during which she had the opportunity to work with interstellar transmissions for a number of her art works.



René ten Bos

Rene ten Bos is an original thinker. Rebellious and provocative, he pushes common ideas aside with a broad grin, and offers an accessible, broad and critical perspective. There is no topic he fears: he is equally comfortable dissecting the management world and the animal kingdom, gender issues and our relationship with nature.


Thinking against the grain

Ten Bos considers it the task of the philosopher to put his ‘moral axe’ aside and deal with paradoxes. “Para means ‘against’ and doxa means ‘opinion’. It’s not about having opinions, but about thinking against the grain, and showing that certain opinions are too easy. Every single opinion has its problematic aspects.” As Denker des Vaderlands, he mainly aims to clarify the complexity of problems.