Read & Repair - Digital Solidarity feat. Cristina Cochior

This Sunday evening we have a collective reading session on Digital Solidarity. In a time where everything points to the further consolidation and accelerated normalization of the Big Tech industry (Zoom, Facebook groups, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc.), we need collective digital alternative practices. How can we develop mutual aid strategies and social closeness through alternative digital infrastructures in times of physical distancing, remote working or care giving?

The text selection for Read in August was made by @ccl Together we will be reading chat transcripts of conversations around solidarity, mutual aid and self-organised care practices, speculative fiction written by activists and texts describing how computational infrastructures create patterns for social forms (Berlant, 2016). Inspired by public domain audiobook communities, we will try to make an audio recording of one of the readings.

More information:
Date: Sunday, 29th August 2021
Time: 19:00-21:00 CEST
Locatie: bbb.constantvzw.org/b/cri-yp7-

[image: poster with title on layers of images, including a scan of bubble wrap, a pen with black background, and waving images of a chat transcript that discusses mutual aid.]

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
Location: bbb.constantvzw.org/b/cri-yp7-
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]

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
Location: pad.vvvvvvaria.org/sense-full_ 

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 info@varia.zone if you would like to join.

Date: Sunday 25th April
Time: 16:00-18:00 CEST
Location: bbb.constantvzw.org/b/cri-yp7- 

More info varia.zone/en/rr-sensefull-ped

This sunday we are coming out of here - stream.vvvvvvaria.org/ - and into your earssss for Read & Repair with @ccl and sonic help from @anglk and @suroh

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
Location: stream.vvvvvvaria.org/
NOTE: This reading session will be held in English.

We, with @jules @ccl are going to be doing more reading and learning about police abolition this Sunday 26th 14:00 - 16:00 in varia, if you want to join us In Person (not On Line) we'd love to host you!

The texts we will use are Letters to Angela Y. Davis from within her book 'If They Come in the Morning ... Voices of Resistance', 'Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police' by Mariame Kaba and some workshop scenarios from Critical Resistance, a national, member-based grassroots organization that works to build a mass movement to dismantle the prison-industrial complex.

Through these texts, we aim to learn from communities who have already imagined alternative practices of accountability.

varia.zone/en/rr-stone-throw-2

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.

These workshops are made with @jules @ccl. 👌

Find out more here - varia.zone/en/rr-stone-throw-1

post.lurk.org

Welcome to post.lurk.org, an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.

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