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1 GENE MEME TECHNE

2 Idea The Medea Symposium is by assumption an interdisciplinary meeting on the edge of science, art and technology, where an exchange of ideas from different areas of knowledge take place and it is intended to lead to non-standard connections of disciplines, which function separately in the traditional approach. The symposium program includes a conference multi-panel conference and accompanying exhibitions. On the first edition of Medea in 2011 Invited Lecturer was prof. Marcos Novak from the University of California Santa Barbara, the most important pioneer of virtual architecture, who was by this occasion in Poland for the first time. In 2016 Invited Lecturer was prof. Lex Drewinski, from the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, the most recognized contemporary poster designer in the world. The interdisciplinary formula of the Medea Symposium is extended every year. Last year the Medea Academic Conference included 4 panels related to art (main panel), science (PTA), social sciences (ISLICS) and Economical Sciences (ITS) and two accompanying exhibitions took place: Roller Poster / Crete and Arch Inside /Crete. Within the boundaries of last year s Symposium 38 lectures took place from scientists and artists from renowned science facilities from 10 countries and an accompanying exhibition of over 100 works from known Polish and German designers. The next edition of Medea Symposium will be held south of Thessaloniki in Paralia Katerinis at the foot of the Olympus Mountain in cooperation with the Fine Arts Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Thessaloniki Science Center & Technology Museum NOESIS. The formula of this year s conference will be extended by Medea Meetings organized in cooperation with the International Biennale of Art Mediations Biennale and a third accompanying event Exhibition of Polish Printmaking transprint.

3 Gene Meme Techne The word information comes from Latin word informare, which means shaping, applying form. In physics there is a notion of entropy, which is in simplification a measure of disorder. According to the second law of thermodynamics all the processes in a closed system are proceeding to the state of equilibrium, which is a state of maximum entropy. There is a singularity in such system, which is called life. Life in its surroundings decreases entropy and produces information. The first layer and first advanced carrier of information amongst living organisms is the Gene. The second layer and carrier of information, which emerged among more advanced living organisms is the Meme and it is the layer of our conscious existance. There is also a third layer announced by futurologists, which was named Artificial Intelligence or Technological Singularity. Let us call this layer Techne. The Meme is in the same relation to the Gene as Techne will be to the Meme. We are considering the introduction of mechanisms that will control the evolution of Techne. Is the relation of Genes and Memes also associated with such kind of mechanism? The juxtaposition of these three words is the tagline of this years Medea Symposium, which will take place at the foot of the Mountain Olympus amythical seat of the Olympic Gods and near the capital cities of Ancient Macedonia - Aigai and Pella, from which Alexander the Great departed to his conquest of the Persian Empire initiating the Hellenistic Era in Western Civilization. Medea Meetings Starting from this year, in collaboration with the Mediations Biennale in Poznan, a series of Medea Satellite Meetings will be initiated with the aim of bringing closer to the wider audience issues occurring on the edge of science, art and technology associated with the evolution of computers, the global teleinformation network and information processing systems. The adopted formula of the Medea Meetings will be a series of lectures and workshops with creators, who explored new technological layers of human presence as pioneers, defining new notions, creating new fields of exploitation or acting artistically based on the computer space of information.

4 MEDEA 2018 Sixth International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Art, Science and Technology ISLICS 2018 Third International Symposium on Legal Implications of Cyber Society PTA 2018 Third International Symposium on Physics, Technology and Art ITM 2018 Second International Symposium on Information Tools in Management ROLLER POSTER / THESSALONIKI Showcase of Polish Self-Edition Posters and Invited International Artists ARCH Inside / THESSALONIKI Exhibition of the Chair of Interior Architecture of the Visual Arts Department of the Academy of Art in Szczecin and Invited Guests transprint / THESSALONIKI Exhibition of Polish Printmaking

5 Venues: Center of Science and Technology NOESIS, Thessaloniki Hotel Rea, Paralia Katerinis Timeline: September Organizers: Visual Arts Department, Academy of Art in Szczecin Association for Support of Science, Art and Technology Development MEDEA Co-organizers: Faculty of Interior Design and Stage Design, University of Arts in Poznań Institute of Physics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanotronic, West Pomeranian University of Technology Faculty of Applied Physics and Mathematics, Gdańsk University of Technology Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Zielona Góra Faculty of Humanities, Koszalin University of Technology Faculty of Physics, University of Athens, Greece Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Szczecin Faculty of Architecture, Silesian Univesity of Technology Fine Arts Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Science Center & Technology Museum NOESIS Mediations Biennale in Poznań Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań Cooperation: Pomeranian - Greater Poland Nanotechnology Forum RollerPoster, National Exhibition of Self-edition Posters Honorary Chairmen: Alnoor Mitha (Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University) George Papadopoulos (Physics Department, University of Athens)

6 Scientific Committee: Zygmunt Drążek (Szczecin, Poland) Niko Guskos (Szczecin, Poland) Józef Jurek (Poznań, Poland) Mirosław Pawłowski (Poznań, Poland) Jarosław Rybicki (Gdańsk, Poland) Xenis Sachinis (Thessaloniki, Greece) Janusz Stankowski (Poznań, Poland) Tomasz Wendland (Szczecin, Poland) Natalia Bąba-Ciosek (Gliwice, Poland) Krzysztof Wojciechowski (Poznań, Poland) Wojciech Kempiński (Poznań, Poland) Program Committee: Izabela Gawłowicz (Zielona Góra, Poland) Andreas Guskos (Szczecin, Poland) Niko Guskos (Szczecin, Poland) Justyna Machnicka (Szczecin, Poland) Organizing Committee: Andreas Guskos (Szczecin, Poland) Izabela Gawłowicz (Zielona Góra, Poland) Marta Dziomdziora (Szczecin, Poland) Ireneusz Kuriata (Szczecin, Poland) Justyna Machnicka (Szczecin, Poland) Jakub Palka (Szczecin, Poland) Dominika Zawojska (Szczecin, Poland) Katarzyna Utecht (Szczecin, Poland) Mikołaj Stankowski (Poznań, Poland) Iwona Wierzchowiecka-Rudnik (Koszalin, Poland) Project Coordinator / MEDEA 2018 Chairman: Andreas Guskos tel.: PTA 2018 Chairman: Niko Guskos tel.: ISLICS 2018 Chairwoman: Izabela Gawłowicz tel.: ITS 2018 Chairman: Zygmunt Drążek tel.: ROLLER POSTER / SALONIKI Curator: Justyna Machnicka tel.: ARCH Inside / SALONIKI Curators: Katarzyna Utecht Dominika Zawojska tel.: Paweł Machomet transprint / SALONIKI Curators: Mirosław Pawłowski cooperation: Marta Dziomdziora Magdalena Uchman

7 Macedonia Macedonia is the biggest in area and second in population size geographical region of Greece ( km2 / inhabitants). The capital of Macedonia is Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece ( inhabitants). Here are located: the Mount Olympus, the highest mountain range in Greece (highest peak, Mitikas, 2918 m.a.s.l.) and the Holy Mountain Athos ( γιον ρος), an autonomous region inhabited by orthodox monks. Macedonia was an ancient Greek kingdom established and ruled for most of the time by the Argead dynasty, from which also Alexander the Great came. Argeads derived their origin from Temenides of Argos in Peloponnese, so also from Hercules (Heraklides), of whom according to mythology Temenos was the great-great-grandson. Theopompous mentions the mythical Karanos, one of the sons of Temenos, as a progenitor of the Argead dynasty, who after the death of his father and lost struggle for succession decided to search for another location for his kingdom and with this aim went to the Oracle of Delphi, where he received a prophecy from Pythia that he should go to the lands of Bottiaeans abounding in flocks and found a city where he will see goats white as a snow with star shining horns, which are sleeping in a deep sleep (gr. Αίγα, aiga goat). Karanos in a place that he has found according to the prophecy founded a city, which he named Aigai ( Αιγαί) today s Vergina, where an archeological site and a complex of Macedonian royal tombs are located. Also the Aegean Sea took its name from goats that were associated with the white foamed peaks of waves on a disturbed sea (gr. Α γεύς + πέλαγος). Greek geographer and traveler Strabon derives also the name of Egypt from the same source - Αιγαίο + υπτίως below (south from) the Aegean Sea. A holy goat was feeding Zeus in his infancy when he was hiding from the pedofagus Kronos. The shield of Zeus aegis was made from goat s skin and this is the source of the phrase under the aegis and in Greek also the root of the word storm ( καταιγίδα), which according to mythology was caused by Zeus who was shaking his shield in anger. The most significant blossoming of Macedonia occurs in the times of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great, disciple of Aristotle, whose conquers initiated Hellenistic Era in history.

8 The biggest scientific facility and two biggest libraries of ancient times emerged within the boundaries of Hellenistic states: the Museum and Library of Alexandria and the Library of Pergamon. Alexandria was erected by Alexander the Great with the help of architect Deinochares in 332 B.C. in the place of an older town Rhakotis (dated 2686 BC). The Museum of Alexandria, which included the famous Alexandrian Library, was erected by Ptolemy I Soter, Alexander s general and founder of the Ptolemy dynasty. He was inspired in his actions by Demetrius of Phalerum, disciple of Aristotle. The first superintendent of of the library was Zenodotus from Ephesus, who first started the cassification of the collection, by separating text associated with epics and lyrics. The collection was significantly enriched by Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who deployed his representatives all around the Mediterranean with a mission of searching for scrolls and acquiring them. Furthermore, anyone who stayed in Alexandria and was in possession of scrolls was obliged to deposit them in the library, where they were copied and the owner received back the copy. Also the ships in the harbor were inspected in search for books. The Museum of Alexandria was a scientific and research complex, which included amongst others the Library, an astronomical observatory, places for meetings, studies, residencies for scientists, lecture rooms, a zoological garden. According to different sources the collection of the library included from to volumines, which ranked it as the greatest library of the world (Pergamon Library was the second one). The complex included a scientific library the Brucheum, part of the Museum, where most of the books were strored and a public library the Serapeum with a collection of scrolls.

9 Some of the scholars resided in the Alexandrian Museum, example research and inventions: Euclid, c. 365 BC 300 BC. Basics of geometry, mathematics and mathematical logic. Herophilos of Chalcedon, 335 BC 280 BC. Medicine (named the father of anatomy ). Aristarchus of Samos, 310 BC 230 BC. Astronomy. First proofs of a heliocentric nature of the Solar System. Callimachus of Cyrene, c. 310 BC 240 BC. Probably the second superintendent of the library. Poetry, first history of literature. Classification of the collection according to sections: philosophy, history, medicine, mathematical sciences, natural sciences, law, epos and poetry, drama, rhetoric, others. Authors placement in each section in alphabetical order. Erasistratus of Keos, 304 BC 257 BC. Medicine (named the father of physiology ). Cofounder of the medical school in the Museum. Archimedes, 287 BC 212 BC. Mathematics, physics, mechanics. Archimedes principle, Archimedes screw, lever, π number, integral methods for calculating volume and area. Ctesibius of Alexandria, 285 BC BC. Mechanics. Valves, piston pump, springs, water clock, pneumatic canon, water organs (hydraulis). Philo of Byzantium, born 280 BC. Mathematics, mechanics. Thermometer, catapult. Eratosthenes of Cyrene, 276 BC 194 BC. Third superintendent of the library. Philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, geography. Proof of the sphericity of Earth, measurment of the diameter of Earth. Apollonius of Perga, c. 268 BC 190 BC. Geometry and astronomy. Solution of the Delian problem, first solar clock. Hipparchus of Nicaea, c. 190 BC 120 BC. Mathematics, astronomy, geography. Determining the distance of the Moon from Earth, Determining the time of the Earth circulation around the Sun, defining the latitude and longitude. Hero of Alexandria, c. 10 AD 70 AD. Principal of the Higher Technical School (first univesity of technology) in Alexandria. Mathematics, physics, mechanics. Formula on a triangle field, steam turbine, siege machines. Menelaus of Alexandria, c. 70 AD 140 AD. Astronomy, mathematics. Spherical geometry. Claudius Ptolemy, c. 100 AD 168 AD. Astronomy, mathematics, geography. Almagest - geocentric theory. Galen of Pergamon, 130 AD 200 AD. Medicine. There is an ancient hydraulis exposed in the Archeological Museum of Dion a musical instrument invented by Ctesibius of Alexandria named the father of pneumatics.

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