On Wednesday I will present Radio-active Monstrosities at the 6th Web Audio Conference (#WAC2021) that will be held online from the 5th to the 7th of July 2021 at a Virtual Campus of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona.
link of the work: https://radioactive.w-i-t-m.net/
poster for WAC:
more about the work at WAC: https://radioactive.w-i-t-m.net/wac2021.htmlhttps://webaudioconf2021.com/artwork-4/
Radio-active Monstrosities is a #webaudio interface that addresses ways of listening to collective voices and female-sounding voices that are perceived as inappropriate or annoying. Visitors of the page are invited to record themselves and choose a type of distortion to participate in, forming new imaginaries around technologically-mediated voices, which through their technical ‘monstrosity’, can reveal other forms of speech. The interface uses Web Audio API to distort vocal contributions into 4 different types of distortion: ‘collective’, ‘echo’, ‘lowpitch’ and ‘lowpass’.
If you're in Rotterdam this July (22nd-25th), keep reading!
Together with Santiago Pinyol and Luke Murphy we're organizing this year's edition of Relearn in and around the city.
Relearn is an intensive IRL three day collective learning experiment with as many teachers as participants from all backgrounds and disciplines to learn from-and-teach each other, beyond the traditional paradigms of education from an interest in free culture and practices of care.
This year's edition will take place in and focus on Rotterdam. We aim to explore the importance of self-organisation and the use of experimental tools to build alternative systems and economies within the urban fabric of Rotterdam.
Apply by the 30th of June! Find the full text of the open call here -> http://relearn.be/2021/
Platform Alliances #1 Tools
What are the tools for alliances?
How do we establish solidarity networks?
Can a model of practice and form of governance be considered as a work of art?
And what does it mean to publish/make public in a platform framework?
The first session of Platform Alliances presents a conversation on tools for tactics and strategies of facilitation and organisation.
Tuesday 22nd of June, at 17:00 pm, live broadcasted from fanfare, shared via the trans-departmental initiative PUB, joined by the collective infrastructure, Varia, and the student-run KABK initiative, Mushroom radio.
Platform Alliances is a growing initiative by Radio EE and fanfare; the program aims to discuss and share the strategies and challenges of current and future student-initiated platforms. It aims to create space and place for alliances amongst similar initiatives across The Netherlands and abroad. This radio broadcast presents a first step of opening up a dialogue and larger-scale platform alliance scheme. We welcome critique, ideas, and future collaborators.
This event was commissioned by the board of extracurricular platforms at Rietveld/Sandberg as part of Future Practices. After the live broadcast, the conversation will be available on pub.Sandberg.nl & extraintra.nl
In preparation for a new book coming out in September, Sara Ahmed posted the transcript of this lecture, "Complaint as Feminist Pedagogy." Like most of Ahmed's work, it's totally kickass:
Read & Repair - The Automated Body feat. Katarina Jazbec & MELT
11:00-13:00 CEST (READ, in person)
14:00-16:00 CEST (REPAIR, online)
The text selection and our reading choreography in June was made by artist Katarina Jazbec. This Read session will be overflown with no bullshit tales on living and dying together on damaged earth. How are we to live in the ruins with the dead and the living? Arundhati Roy’s ghost vultures and Anjum, a Muslim Hijra, in her opening chapter of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and The Camille Stories in the closing chapter of the Staying with the Trouble by Donna J. Haraway, speculative fabulations, will render us capable of response in disturbing times.
The Repair session of this theme is hosted by arts-design researchers MELT. For this repair session we will work with and around the project Rituals against Barriers by MELT which is inspired by the multiple practices of survival in the face of oppression which take the form of ritual practice. Rituals can invite a stepping away from whatever normativities and can allow entry into practices such as: Refusing to ignore a feeling, refusing to not listen to your body because doing so would make apparent the ableism of any space, refusing to speed up even if that is the normalised tempo.
Poster by @p_p
Activating Captions: an online exhibition of audio-video work that "critically engages with captioning as a singular artistic form of expression." ... All works accessible online until 7 June.
the Nourishing Network goes to sleep now!
Over the last four months we published 12 articles that crossed paths of multiple RSS readers and Fediverse feeds. 389 envelopes have been send out using the postal network of Europe! We hope you enjoyed the readings and the feed-forwarding of the extra copies of the articles to friends, colleagues, neighbors or other peers.
This Sunday morning at Varia: Read & Repair - The Automated Body feat. Angeliki Diakrousi
The text selection for Read in May was made by @anglk whose work engages critically with notions of listening and dynamics of public realms.
In this edition of Read participants will be invited to pick a text, read in groups, breath and share their readings through an (un)automated persona. We discuss automations of the human body, that surpasses the idea that 'human' differs from the other animals in that it uses tools. They are;
Countersexual Manifesto (2018) by Paul B. Preciado
Full Queerocracy Now!: Pink Totaliterianism and the Industrialization of Libidinal Agriculture (2021) by Comrade Josephine (embodied by Luce deLire)
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (2002) by Steven Johnson
There is no prior reading needed before we come together to Read, we send out a link for download during the event.
Date: Sunday, 30th May 2021
Time: 11:00-13:00 CEST
NOTE: This reading session will be held in English.
[image: poster with title on layers of images, including a scan of bubble wrap, a pen with black background, and waving images of the communist sickle & scythe on pink triangle, and StarLogo slime mold simulation - both from readings]
Digital Solidarity Networks started as a shared listing of tools, practices and readings for digital solidarity, conviviality and togetherness. In May and June 2021 we are organising 3 public moments for collective relearning.
For the first event, happening on Thursday 20 May, 15:00 -18:00 CEST, we will be joined by Dušan Barok, who will speak about Artist-Run Digital Networks and Community Work.
Together, we will be asking:
* How can we reconfigure digital networks across timelines and communities?
Read more about the event and the Digital Solidarity Networks series here: https://vvvvvvaria.org/en/dsn-1.html
Read & Repair - Sense-full Pedagogy feat. K MacBride and Yun Lee
Sunday 25th April, Varia
READ with K MacBride.
We'll be listening together to a recording of xwélméxw artist, writer, academic, and curator Dylan Robinson reading excerpts from his book "Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies" (2020, University of Minnesota Press) and from an essay in progress "Song Life."
There is no prior reading needed before we come together to Read, we experience the texts for the first time together.
Date: Sunday 25th April
Time: 11:00-13:00 CEST
REPAIR with Yun Lee.
Recently they have been working on the “School of Camouflage”, a research project looking at camouflage practices in visual, movement, and social cultural contexts. These practices include passing, deception, misdirection and masking.
In this workshop, participants will be exploring principles of camouflage and deception, how they are effectively used in contexts including information warfare, how we can sense them, and how we can repurpose them in our own practices as artists/designers/technologists.
drop us an email at email@example.com if you would like to join.
Date: Sunday 25th April
Time: 16:00-18:00 CEST
Hello everybody! We're Pixelflowers, a VJing duo.
"VJ" means we make live visuals over music (usually techno, acid house, industrial, ambient DJ sets). Here we share our weekly livestreamings, videos, resources and techniques about video art, news about dance music culture and technology, thoughts and ideas about how to merge music and visuals. We've been influenced by cyberpunk and hacktivist movements, intersectional feminism, psychonautics, and the sex-positive dancefloor culture we met in Berlin, where we're based.
We're two people, Flo and Pixi, but it's usually Pixi only who writes here. We're both non-binary queerdos with they/them pronouns.
We're looking for animations, video footage or static illustrations to play with: if you're willing to share your visual creations, get in touch! Check our pinned posts for details.
(CW: drugs, sex) Watch or download ~400 hours of our visuals + electronic music DJ sets:
"A catalog of formats for digital
discomfort… and other ways to resist totalitarian zoomification."
By Jara Rocha and Seda Gürses
We will absorb the works of electronic music composer Maryanne Amacher, including her proposition for a media opera entitled Intelligent Life. Existing only as a storyboard, Intelligent Life was an "opera consisting of nine one-hour-long episodes designed for television broadcast with in-home FM simulcast. As of yet, it has not been taped, recorded, or broadcast."
We will then use the work and research of artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan to reconsider the politics of listening. We want to consider developments of surveillance and machine listening, in combination with Amacher's imaginatory potential for how artificial intelligence could transform our sensorial ability to connect to the world around us.
[ image shows a sketch found inside the storyboard of the media opera, including an ear with a wavy line going through it and musical notes on the side. A hand pressing buttons on a television, a landscape image with lines beaming out of it, and a square with an arrow and lots of wavey lines being directed at two circles. ]
Date: Sunday, 28th March 2021
Time: 11:00am-13:00pm CET
NOTE: This reading session will be held in English.
Feminist Hack Meetings - Feminist Servers
Backups, migrations, and other painful stories
Join us online, Saturday 13/03/2021
11:00-13:00 CET: workshop (sign up required)
13:00-14:30 CET: lunch break (open 'bar')
14:30-16:00 CET: discussion (public)
more info: https://varia.zone/en/fhm-servers-migrations.html
all issues of Computer Music Journal *and other MIT Press Journals* are apparently freely & directly available to anyone (currently at least)
Online lecture by interdisciplinary, intersectional, digital media scholar and digital herstorian Dr Kishonna Gray whose areas of research include identity, performance and online environments, embodied deviance, cultural production, video games, and Black Cyberfeminism co-organized by Page Not Found and the Master Experimental Publishing (XPUB) at the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy will be happening tomorrow at 4:00 PM (CET):
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