Come read with us online, this thursday evening, 23/07, 16:00 - 18:00 CEST. 📚
Varia is hosting two collective reading and conversation sessions. One will be online and one will be in our physical space, as a series of events to discuss matters of abolitionist technology & community-driven systems of accountability, while generating anonymous, consensual debris for stone throw, a temporary online work to share our resources and reflections. We sought texts that are talking about what we want to learn with and about, now.
For our first session we will read from Ruha Benjamin's Race After Technology, choosing chapter 5 Retooling Solidarity, Reimagining Justice to read together. In this chapter, Benjamin examines how practitioners, scholars, activists, artists, and students are working to resist and challenge the New Jim Code (a term Benjamin uses to connect discriminatory technology with past segregationist laws in the Southern states). This chapter also offers suggestions on how to contribute to an approach to technology that moves beyond accessing new products, to advocating for justice-oriented design practices.
Find out more here - http://varia.zone/en/rr-stone-throw-1.html
The Experimental Publishing (#XPUB) class of 2020 would like to invite you to the launch of our final publication, Collectiveioning.
Collectiveioning is a #publication that collects the work generated in our time at XPUB, from collective Special Issues in the first year (Special Issues 07, 08, 09), with threads that connect to the second year #graduation projects.
Date: #Friday, July 10th, 2020
Time: 19h-2030h CEST/UTC+2
Occasion: ULTIMATE #Extraordinary Very Special Issue Indeed
Attire: #Birthday Suit or Business Casual or #Casual Business or Come As You Are
XPUB Class of 2020:
Simon Browne 📚
Bohye Woo 📄
Paloma García 🗺️
Artemis Gryllaki ✊
Tancredi di Giovanni 🌀
Pedro Sá Couto 🖨️
Biyi Wen 📻
Rita Graça 🚨
The Collectiveioning launch is made possible with the support from Open Source Publishing, servus.at and lilimit.
@jasper Oh, hmm! I think the site underwent some restructuring recently... Unfortunately I didn't save the PDF, but in the meantime the text is also available in Spanish:
@jasper Hi Jasper! There was a recording of the talk, but it is unclear yet whether it's meant for personal archives or if it is going to be shared publicly, but if you're interested I can share it privately :-) Deb explained more in detail in her presentation how she thinks about puncturing infrastructures, but essentially she is referring to small-scale interventions that have a catalytic effect on the whole. For me the term works well, as it sparks a lot of ideas of what that could mean. It also speaks to a term I encountered recently, data trauma by Olivia McKayla Ross, https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/digital-doulas-fixing-data-trauma and the text of spideralex Sustaining Feminist Infrastructures Using Speculative Fiction
Many threads coming together.
In 2016, Deb Verhoeven described the term digital infrapuncture, where infrapuncture is a portmanteau of "infrastructure" and "acupuncture". Tomorrow she will be speaking about it again. @manetta and I will be thinking through addressing stress points in a digital infrastructure with bot logic during a workshop that follows right after!
Tomorrow (Tuesday the 30th) @ccl and i will host a workshop around bots as digital infrapuncture. Starting with an opening lecture by Deb Verhoeven (9:15h-10:00h) who proposed to think with the term "digital infrapuncture" about small infrastructural interventions , a combincation of infrastructure and accupunture. After that there will be bot logic exercises (10:00h-13:00h)!
More information can be found on this page: https://www.uu.nl/en/events/online-event-bots-digital-infrapuncture
Or you can register for the opening lecture here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zDOldVDbjmm8Wa7TKEB9cdDOt3xX94SO1kajNRrMs08/viewform?edit_requested=true#responses [google form]
The event is hosted by Datafied Society & Creative Coding Utrecht
🌱 This Sunday, June 28th, there will be another Read & Repair session at #varia! 🌱
The guests for the upcoming Sunday are the custodians of the Digital Solidarity Networks pad (https://pad.vvvvvvaria.org/digital-solidarity-networks). Digital Solidarity Networks started as a listing of tools, practices and readings for convivial digital solidarity amongst individuals, institutions and collectives. The initiative lives as an online collaborative writing space, where people come together to collect and discuss examples of collective digital alternative practices.
You can join us both physically and virtually. Read more about the session here: http://varia.zone/en/rr-digi-soli-networks.html
Important demo's this weekend against the expansion of legalised police violence and the criminalisation of migration. These are the laws and systems that protect the destruction caused by multinationals like Shell and shut resistance up. https://code-rood.org/en/2020/06/19/stop-legalizing-police-brutality-criminalizing-migration/
The new special issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine is out! Edited together with Miriam Rasch and Kimmy Spreeuwenberg, "Urgent Publishing Debris" aims to provide new readings of the Making Public: Urgent Publishing Conference by creating remixes of the official archival sources with the 'unofficial' debris circulating around it. You can read it here:
'Politics are not external to technical architecture. As sites of control over technology, the decisions embedded within protocols embed values and reflect the socioeconomic and political interests of protocol developers. In a discussion about debates over Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) versus TCP/IP in Inventing the Internet, Janet Abbate notes that technical standards are often construed as neutral and therefore not historically interesting. Perceptions of neutrality derive in part from the esoteric and concealed nature of network protocols within the broader realm of information technology. As Abbate demonstrates, “The debate over network protocols illustrates how standards can be politics by other means. . . . Efforts to create formal standards bring system builders’ private technical decisions into the public realm; in this way, standards battles can bring to light unspoken assumptions and conflicts of interest. The very passion with which stakeholders contest standards decisions should alert us to the deeper meanings beneath the nuts and bolts.”
from Laura DeNardis, Protocol Politics, 2009
"We invite you to listen to the new episode of our broadcast, Radio Implicancies, today at 4PM CEST/UTC+2.
Radio Implicancies is a weekly #broadcast of recorded and live matter brought to you by Piet Zwart Institute's Experimental Publishing programme. Each broadcast engaged with the way #technologies are worlding the world.
In these six weeks we explored concepts of #decolonization, #caretaking, #queering damage, #authorship and #ownership. Radio Implicancies started in the middle. We made it up as we went and learned new things along the way. And now we present our final broadcast, in which we continue our dive into how our works depend on others’ #works, #cultures, even #bodies. This weeks broadcast also features #live segments! Join us for the sixth and final episode of Radio Implicancies
You can listen and join the live discussion here:
Feminist Data Manifest-No
The Manifest-No is a declaration of refusal and commitment. It refuses harmful data regimes and commits to new data futures.
1. We refuse to operate under the assumption that risk and harm associated with data practices can be bounded to mean the same thing for everyone, everywhere, at every time. We commit to acknowledging how historical and systemic patterns of violence and exploitation (...)
In this week’s broadcast we’ll be questioning how our works depend, and have been depending all along on pre-existing material.
We’ll explore the frictions between the concepts of authorship and ownership, and the ways in which they can be redefined in the context of contemporary cultural #production.
We are looking forward to hearing back from you.
Join us at 4pm this afternoon, and be sure to wash your hands daily with #liquidsoap !
Sparrows' Nest Library and Archive
Holding tens of thousands of books, journals, pamphlets, zines, leaflets, posters and other archival materials, we focus on the history of anarchist groups and individuals in the UK and beyond, as well as on the history of other social movements, protests and radicalism in Nottingham & Notts and the wider regions of East Midlands & South Yorkshire
design * bureaucracy,
Mediawiki Stockholm syndrome,
botnet as infrapuncture,
Welcome to post.lurk.org, an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.