Read & Repair with Elodie Mugrefya & Amy Suo Wu
Date: Sunday, 28th November 2021
Time: 11:00-13:00 (Read) & 13:30-15:30 (Repair)
Location: #varia (Gouwstraat 3)
The text selection and our reading choreography in October was made by Elodie Mugrefya. During this reading session we'll be with texts which do not claim the 'traditional' practice of archiving, so to break off its norms and authority, but which are very much attentive to and invested in modes of memory-caring.
- Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
- The Plot of Her Undoing by Saidiya Hartman
The Repair session will be guided by Amy Suo Wu. In this session, we’ll explore facilitator and healer, Meenadchi’s Decolonising Non-Violent Communication (DNVC), through the practice of mending damaged textiles. To join please bring along a piece of damaged textile. We will provide needles and thread, but feel free to bring along your favourite haberdashery accessories. Do wear comfy Sunday clothes as we’ll start the session with a qi gong exercise.
Please let us know if you would like to join by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be wearing masks in the space and keeping a 1.5m distance. For this reason, there is a limited number of places.
Poster by @p_p
Feminist Hack Meetings #3
At Varia + online
#Spideralex will introduce us to Feminist #Futurotopixs. This workshop will enable participants to dream, invent and desire together feminist #technologies. They will invent narratives, speculative fiction and radical imaginaries that work as alternatives to existing oppressive or dystopian models. The workshop is oriented at co-designing stories and creating new worlds as processes to imagine and #dream together about feminist desired futures.
To register send to: email@example.com
F(eminist)H(ack)M(eetings), organised by Artemis, Angeliki and Julia, are a series of research meetings and workshops that explore the potentialities and imaginaries of feminist technological collectives. These gatherings aim to challenge who counts as a hacker, and what counts as hacking. More: fhm.varia.zone
/This event is made possible with the kind support of the Creative
Industries Fund NL/
I spoke to artist Joana Moll about her new piece for the Media Wall at The Photographers' Gallery last week.
We discussed microprocessors, their impact on the environment and the role of artists and the art world in the transition to a less polluting society.
You can read our conversation at Unthinking photography:
Read & Repair feat. @jules
During this session we will dive into a recent paper by Abeba Birhane entitled Algorithmic injustice: a relational ethics approach. Abeba has recently completed a PhD in cognitive sciences and her research sits at the intersection of complex adaptive systems, machine learning, and critical race studies. The paper investigates ways to address algorithmic injustice that go way beyond efforts to build more inclusive/representative, and “debiased” datasets.
Poster by @p_p
Read & Repair - Digital Solidarity feat. Jara Rocha and Yoana Buzova
Sunday, 26th September 2021
11:00-13:00 Read with Jara Rocha
13:30-15:30 Repair with Yoana Buzova
IRL in #varia
Of all the greyzones of our readwrite worldings, bibliographic self-defence constitutes a specially powerful one. Self-defence, resistance, counter-weighting and mutual support operations of immense technopolitical value keep taking place at what can be termed "peripheral literature areas" such as bibliographies, footnotes, indexes, acknowledgement pages, colophons, library metadata and side annotations, where trans*feminist, anticolonial, antiracist, queer, crip, antispeciest, antifa and atiageist solidarities take very tangible and specific forms.
The devices we surround ourselves with are an increasingly complex and extremely heterogeneous matter. In a short workshop we will investigate the materiality and inevitable politics of electronic components. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to dissect specific objects in terms of their material, socio-cultural and ecological dimension.
In this process we will dismantle and dissect components to their very building blocks, investigating components from the Electronica Depot.
Poster by @p_p
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.
Date: Sunday, 29th August 2021
Time: 19:00-21:00 CEST
[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.]
monad node – poor standards. low potential https://monadnode.bandcamp.com/album/poor-standards-low-potential
Noisy experimental music from a dear friend who teached me soldering. With something wire-tapped from a hi-fi speaker cable by electromagnetic induction.
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
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