Wenzel Mehnert

Futurologist at the Austrian Institute of Technology

Co-founder of the Berlin Ethics Lab at the TU Berlin

Fellow of the Robert Jungk Library for Future Issues 2022

Artist in Lab at the Fraunhofer ISI 2022

Former research assistant at the UdK Berlin

lecturer / creative / projecteer / speaker / author / consultant


Wenzel Mehnert is a futurologist focusing on the imaginaries of new and emerging technologies. He researches, writes and teaches experimental methods of futurology. In his work, Wenzel Mehnert focuses on the intersection between speculative fictions and the evaluation of new and emerging sciences and technologies (e.g. A.I., SynBio, Internet of Things, etc.). He worked as a researcher at the Berlin University of the Arts, co-founded the Berlin Ethics Lab at the Technical University of Berlin and currently lives in Vienna, where he works at the Austrian Institute of Technology and develops ethical guidelines on new technologies for the European Commission.


Talks

2022

Envisioning Ethics - How to foster ethical reflections on futures to design responsible technologies (with Nele Fischer)

Anticipation Conference, Arizona State University, USA


„Sound Of Contagion“. An artistic research project exploring A.I. as a creative tool for storytelling (with Robert Laidlow)

Artificial Intelligence – Intelligent Art?, TU Braunschwig, Germany


Neugefragt – A speculation based art project on emerging futures (with Futuresprobes & Bernd Hopfengärtner)

Fraunhofer ISI, Berlin Science Week


FUTUREBODY – The Future of the Body in the Light of Neurotechnology

Futurebody Gathering, TU Berlin, Germany 


My copy and me – Imaginäre des Minduploads

Tagung "'Philosophie dürfte man eigentlich nur dichten‘ – Ethik und Literatur”, TU & HU Berlin, Germany


The Imaginaries of Merging Minds and Machines

EASST 2022 – Politics of technoscienfitic futures, Madrid, Spain


Re-Imagined Aftermath – Reflecting on post-apocalyptic imaginaries in Science-Fiction-Film

Worlds ending - Ending worlds, Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS), Heidelberg University, Germany


Zukunftswelten

RWTH Aachen, Germany


The Road - reflection on the postapocalypse

Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS), Heidelberg University, Germany



2021

bio:fictions – Ko-kreative Design Fictions der Bioökonomie (with Ellery Studio and IZT)

Speculative Futures Berlin, Germany


Sound of Contagion – an artistic research project with the UdK Berlin and the University of Oxford (click here for info).

University of Oxford, UK


Solutionism, Tech Fixes & Ethical Tech – a panel discussion

Anti-Dystopian Congress, Goethe-Institut Krakow, Poland


The Imaginaries of Merging Mind and Machine

World Future Studies Conference, Berlin, Germany


Future follows Fiction - On the end of the world as we know it

Science Meets Fiction Festival, Salzburg, Austria


Tactical Science-Fiction - die Zukunft schreiben

Fabrikanten der Wirklichkeit, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany


Rethinking Futures (with Nele Fischer)

Futures Conference, Turku, Finland


Imaginary Studies – Imaginationsforschung im Kontext von TA

Societal Futures, AIT, Vienna, Austria



2020

Technodystopian Imaginaries in Cyberpunk worlds

Visions and Narratives of AI, TU-Berlin & Cambridge University


A.I. against Extinction II

re:publica, Berlin


Prototyping Sociotechnical Systems (with Nele Fischer)

Cybioses symposium, Berlin


What desert smells like? An exercise in speculative Worldbuilding.

Hybrid Talks XXXIX – “Speculation”, Berlin


Worldbuilding & Speculative Fiction

Speculative Futures Berlin, Germany


Curating Emerging Futures

Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany


Digital ist man weniger allein?

Digitaler Salon, HIIG, Berlin, Germany



2019

Nano Visionen (mit Christopher Coenen)

TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany


A.I. against Extinction I (with Bernd Hopfengärner)

Schwarzmarkt für nützliches Wissen und Nicht-Wissen, Dresden, Germany



2018

Speculative Performances

Future Slam, FU-Berlin


A Plea for Speculative Thinking

Solarpunk Festival, Berlin, Germany.


Speculative Foresight

Mastercourse Future Studies, FU-Berlin, Germany



2017

Objects of Uncertainty – A speculative exploration of the Internet of Things

Drone Dancing Festival, Stockholm, Sweden


Business Science-Fictionalized (with Joachim Haupt)

Re:Publica, Berlin, Germany