Feminist Hack Meetings #6
How about access?
At Varia & Online
Saturday, 4 June 2022
11:00 to 14:00 CEST
This FHM session is for us to reconsider the accessibility of online realms. Artist-design duo #MELT will share their research and practice around accessibility in their talk called 'Shapeshifting Dreams: Practicing Towards Accessible Institutions'. After this presentation, we will continue with a hands-on workshop to experiment with tools and approaches that move us towards more inclusive ways of being together in online and hybrid spaces.
More info: http://varia.zone/en/fhm-6.html
To register: Mail to email@example.com mentioning the name of the event in the subject line.
Our peertube instance is up and running now. Turns out our apache configuration was not the issue, but the database extensions and ownership.
We can move to a more creative path now, such as finding a name for our instance, curating content, styling the interface, etc.
byte-tube looks like the most favorite, though it is taken by this channel
hmm.. is that a problem? they are quite nice also.
SomeTimes contains a collection of posts about things we have done, are doing now – learning, reading, making, researching – and stuff that will happen soon. Some of the news is from public moments, while other news comes from behind the scenes. It is networked news from a variety of web sources, the urls in the "from" can tell you more.
More info here: http://varia.zone/en/sometimes-af-en-toe.html
XPUB is the two year Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Experimental Publishing of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. XPUB focuses on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks. XPUB puts special attention on collective work, DIY/DIWO/free software, and a balance of prose and code writing.
April 28 2022
A book is ... (work in progress)
Jian Haake (currently in the first year of study)
Spideralex will share about her personal story/travel/trip towards feminist infrastructure, how she started becoming interested in building her own #digital infrastructure, joining lorea/n-1 (federated social networks) and then #Calafou (a material infrastructure, social lodging cooperative and rehabilitating an old industrial colony) and the gaps and the need to create feminist servers, as well as the main changes over the last 10 years regarding critical digital feminist infrastructure and feminist #infrastructure in general. Danae will address the paradoxical relation of communist dialectical #materialism and #mysticism.
More information here: http://varia.zone/en/atnofs-varia.html
And more information about ATNOFS in general here: https://culturalfoundation.eu/stories/cosround4_atnofs
XPUB & PNF present: an online talk by Paolo Pedercini
Wednesday 9 Feb @ 1600 CET
... talk by game developer, artist and educator Paolo Pedercini. Pedercini’s artistic practice examines the relationship between electronic entertainment and ideology. Working under the project name Molleindustria, he produces videogames addressing social issues such as environmentalism, food politics, labor and gender.
New Interview 📢 We have interviewed Assembly, a Ukrainian anarchist mag, on the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. Their view of the conflict as nothing more than imperialist sabre-rattling challenges dominant media narratives.
Please read and share 🙏
Hybrid/Blended learning (theory): conflictual, consensual, generative and/or complimentary digital and analogue modes of organisation, production, interaction across a wide range of media and formats.
Hybrid/Blended learning (practice): full software and networked mediation of human activities via turbocapitalist cool video chat and productivity apps.
PANEL: A Feminist Internet
25th of January, 2022
Registrations are open until 24th
This panel advocates for a #feminist #internet and the need to empower its #communities, which work with the #technologies to do so. We, as artists who run a network of autonomous servers, have acknowledged a desire by creatives and activists to make and publish their work on our platforms, which are aligned with our identity politics, collaborative ethics and #privacy concerns. However, our communities lack the structural resources to enable feminist hosting #platforms to become sustainable in the longer term. Our invited speakers will elaborate on the urgency of #technofeminist #infrastructures in relation to the wider context of digital rights, and will address the challenges their mission entails in relation to internal and external agency.
Nate Wessalowski, Researcher, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Mallory Knodel, Chief Technology Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology
Andrea Zappa, Web developer, Freelancer
Maddalena Falzoni, Founder, MaadiX ISP
Anaïs Berck, Artist
For those in Brussels tomorrow, it is our final book reading of 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism' by Shoshana Zuboff, at 15:00 at the Beursschouwberg, with That Might Be Right.
SA 18.12 - SESSION VI
with Seda Gürses
Chapter 18. A Coup from Above
We have been learning about 'a global architecture through which vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new behavioral futures markets, where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new means of behavioral modification...'
Tomorrow we are joined by Seda Gürses, a scholar of TU Delft whose work focuses on issues of privacy, software infrastructures, social justice and political economy as they intersect with computer science. With Seda we will move towards a collective understanding of the book's conclusion.
We work towards a shared, although not necessarily consensual, understanding of the topic. The book is in English, English will be the main language of conversation but we can contribute in other languages.
If you would like to join register here - https://www.beursschouwburg.be/en/events/the-age-of-surveillance-capitalism/
~ * We will be wearing masks and keeping distance in the space. * ~
Image: a group of masked people sitting under a suspended white tarpaulin, making a reading space and a wall for projecting a pdf.
Next week we will celebrate the (online) launch of 📗 🖥️ Vernaculars come to matter 🖥️📗, a publication around forms of vernacular languaging, software culture, and textual archives.
We are super proud to publish the work of 5 co-conspirators in which the vernacular appears at 💥 eye level in the reverse diasporic circulation of Dutch-Turkish street typography (Cengiz Mengüç); 💥 in the attitude of photo editing software such as ImageMagick, manifested as software culture (@automatist); 💥 as a way of doing, living, and working in the Philippines, appearing as the non-standard-English voice (Clara Balaguer); 💥 as a way to navigate the Leftove.rs archive of MayDay Rooms, where historial ephemera require a very particular attention (Rosemary Grennan); 💥 or as a continuous struggle with bureaucratic rigidity while transitioning gender or name (Ren Loren Britton).
Join the celebration on Friday 17 December between 19:00 and 20:30 (CET) at https://stream.vvvvvvaria.org, the contributors will be present to introduce their work!
Spread the Call
The Feminist Hacker Assembly from the galaxy of Hacker Feminisms all around the world takes place at #rc3 2021 online. The glue is /etc, Eclectic Tech Carnival, running since 2002. Contributions: managed #servers (https://systerserver.net/ and https://anarchaserver.org/), #fanzines https://psaroskalazines.gr/zines/, #books, #radio https://hackordie.gattini.ninja/hack-or-wave/, #codes, #games
For proposals/submission: 📧 call AT eclectictechcarnival org (first schedule draft 18/12)
"I block the datacenter"
Against the construction of yet another hyperscale datacenter in the netherlands, this time by facebook.
Is losing your data good for you? Tune in on the 18th of December (18:00h - 19:00h CEST) to find out!
In 2015, researcher and media artist Dave Young (@dv) wrote an essay entitled "Know Your Filesystem (And How It Affects You)". He argued that "the ‘traditional’ filesystem interface, familiar to us as a visually traversable hierarchical structure of files and folders, is replaced by an app-centric interface."
Half a decade later the issue has become urgent again and it is time for a retrospective evaluation. In the fourth and last episode of The User Condition, PDF-hoarders Dave Young and Silvio Lorusso will look back at this interface parable and try to understand where are we now. Did app-centricity actually become hegemonic? What did we lose in the meantime? What have we gained? How helpful is the "helpful framework" of smart interfaces? How purist should you be when it comes to file management?
More info: http://varia.zone/en/usercond04.html
* join us * on Saturday for Reading Room #42 — Online Reading and Repairing with Varia ↝ this online session takes place in two parts: the first part from 14:30-16:30 CET and the second part from 17:00-19:00 CET ↝ more info: https://page-not-found.nl/
4th of December 2021
#WordMord is a collective artistic research which started as part of the seminar #Feminist Practices in the Public Space at the Era of Globalised Technologies, by the Centre of New Media and Feminist Practices in the Public Space.
In this worksession WordMord will show and discuss tools and processes through which they they investigate violent words and their arbitrary use in legal and journalistic/media contexts.
Afterwards Allison Parrish @aparrish will conduct the workshop 'Creative #Writing with #Computers, #Noise and Mulch':
We know computers best as tools for analyzing #text, composing text, and "correcting" text through grammar and spell check. But computation is an equally useful tool for pulling language apart, grinding it down, and making it unfamiliar. This workshop offers a short series of hands-on tutorials with code that facilitates destructive and defamiliarizing operations on text(...)
To register to the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org (limited spots)
Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when #language online and computers meet. She is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (...)
I’m happy to announce the Drowning in Æther - Signal hunting bike rides.
The during the month of December I invite you to join me on a trip through the radio spectrum. We are going to hunt for as well as make audible signals of ghost satellites and satellite radio pirates hijacking abandoned military satellites. For the last couple of weeks, I have been assembling a mobile listening station, a cargo bike with a sound system, my antennas, and all the necessary equipment to hunt for satellite signals. During these collaborative bike rides, we try to sync up with the circadian rhythms of the satellites and explore the urban environment of Rotterdam to find the perfect spot to capture their radio signals.
Due to the current Covid situation, I’m planning multiple rides with small groups. The bikes will not only bring us to our listening spots but also help us to keep a healthy distance. So far, I scheduled the 4. & 5. of December as well as the 11. & 12. of December, but other spontaneous group rides during the month could be planned by contacting me.
If you are interested and want to receive updates, please sign up to the Drowning in Æther mailing list via this link:
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