Friday > September 20

Main Room Gamma Workshop Space Zine Library
13 :00
Registration
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[PROTEST_BAR]
Brett Ian Balogh
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Kickoff party
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Saturday > September 21

Main Room Gamma Workshop Space Zine Library
9 :00
Registration
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10 :00
Opening remarks
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Waiting for NIN in New Orleans
Jennifer Seaman Cook
11 :00
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Coffee break
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Lunch
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14 :00
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Coffee break
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The future for workers
Brett Wallace
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Sunday > September 22

Main Room Gamma Workshop Space Zine Library
10 :00
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Registration
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11 :00
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Solar powered website
Marie Otsuka and Lauren Traugott-Campbell
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Coffee break
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Lunch
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Coffee break
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Affirmative negation
Farhad Bahram
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Closing remarks

Keynote: TBA

Sessions

A technical introduction to IPFS

The Interplanetary FileSystem provides a networked, distributed filesystem to retrieve files and folders among multiple parties without a central server. It is efficient, resilient and hard to censor but, how does it work at all? This talk will give an technical introduction for non-technical people to the main concepts behind the IPFS-stack. Participants will learn the different pieces on which a system like IPFS is built upon and how they're all glued together. read more

Affirmative negation

This presentation investigates the idea of affirmative negation, which examines the condition of creative production as an exception to the regular laws of an existing situation; or as Nietzsche calls it, negation of the status quo. Affirmative negation suggests that indicative message of a communicative act is not necessarily embedded within a set of utterances and wordings as such, but it could, paradoxically, be found in the negation of these superficial manifestations. Using this concept,... read more

Amazonification: Decoding scarcity as weaponized precarity

Workers' rights are losing respect, the power of technology is not fully understood – gone are the eras of strength of 1940s US labor unions. A financial environment cushioned by unregulated laws created an orange-coloured disease, Amazon, that systemically targets poor people, Black communities and communities of color. It spreads precarity as a contagion, strengthens digital redlining, and produces predatory surveillance: Amazon, the company, has changed the world. Also, it has changed the word. Amazon... read more

Building a modern Memex

Bret Victor posed an important question: over a long time horizon, what strategy for preserving information has been most successful? Redundant copies stored in a distributed way (for example, each of us storing a full copy of the human genome) or a centralized repository (like the Library of Alexandria)? For the last few years, I've been working on a project to pull a copy of my personal history from across all the platforms and tools... read more

Collaboratively backing up IPFS content with IPFS Cluster

IPFS Cluster is an open-source, distributed application that works as a side-kick for the IPFS daemon. It allows to coordinate multiple daemons to backup a single list of content (pinset). This includes cloud deployments to ensure availability and reliability of content in the ipfs network as well as loose clusters to backup interesting items (i.e. cat pictures) in a collaborative fashion among volunteers willing to provide some disk space. read more

Collective resistance to state controls on information

As resistance to state control continues to grow, states are reacting by tightening the restrictions on the flow of information surrounding these uprisings and protests. One of the main tools at their disposal is to leverage their control over centralized Internet infrastructure to block access to news sites, social media, and content that threaten their authority. Tor Project is working on a way to circumvent these restrictions on information. This talk will describe a way... read more

Cryptoeconomics: Towards mass behavioral engineering or a network commons?

CoBox is a project to enable p2p cloud infrastructures with different trust-settings. The project emphasises privacy by design and easy data governance. The aim is to enable data commons, while protecting against the worst societal effects of dataification and data extraction. Many of the worst effects of Web 2.0 can be traced to the business models of the corporations that dominate the Internet: add-based and financialised businesses where services are paid through people's attention and... read more

DHT, BFT, OMG: Know your building blocks for decentralized applications (2019 edition)

If the only thing you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail, right? Then why wonder how came our engineers are mostly building centralized client-server data silos, if in the core of their curriculums usually lies a mental model of computing from 70s, with a singular mainframe being programmed and used from multiple "dumb" terminals. And then history replicates itself, and modern-day Facebook uses our multi-GHz, multi-GB, multi-core devices as dumb terminals of... read more

Feedback as exploratory self-research

Relationships are fundamental to networked activity—as a kind of interpersonal infrastructure, feedback allows us to communicate our expectations and observations. Even with the proliferation of organizational frameworks to help us consider giving and receiving, our intentions can be clouded by biases, misaligned goals, and fraught relationships. If the only variable we can control is ourselves, how can we consciously act to depersonalize feedback and guide our colleagues to coach / evaluate us on the areas... read more

Hotglue on Dat workshop for non-techies (kid-friendly!)

Building decentralized websites using Beaker and Dat is fun--and a great, hands-on way to learn about the otherwise hidden structures and exchanges that power the web. But to do so, one--more so than ever--needs proficiency in the language of the web (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) in order to participate. In a workshop specifically for children and other 'outsiders', a modified version of 'Hotglue' is used to build decentralized sites together and interlink them. Hotglue is... read more

Keynote

Lightning talks

On the wire

On the Wire is a performance of music/sound made entirely by the network - a combination of live and pre-recorded sounds received via a physical 'wiretap' of a cat6 cable in both send and receive directions. On the Wire makes audible the rhythms inherent in the act of sending and receiving using network protocols, and allows the audience to immerse themselves in the spatial and temporal dimensions of the network through sound. For Our Networks,... read more

Our network our history: Alternative archives

As an artist and tech worker, I have often utilized oral history interview techniques to better understand the technology I work with or am building--it turns out, behind every technology there's at least one technologist. I will use these techniques to take the oral histories of five different tech workers who work on a proposal for an alternative network of some kind. Spanning between individuals within the Internet Freedom, Silicon Valley and New Media fields... read more

Peer-to-peer poetry: Invisible cities

What if we could create and inhabit a new kind of digital city that transforms our online networks from an ordained protocol to an expressive medium of shared placemaking? In this workshop we will collectively create a peer-to-peer city using the structure of nested folders and DAT. Taking up after Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and the common practice of digital organization, through lecture, examples, and hands on making, we will explore folder structures as a... read more

Publishing your first decentralized website with Dat

The current state of the web is giant silos of data from giant corporations that don't care about your privacy. Creating something on your own terms means hosting hardware, learning "back end" programming, and all sorts of barriers to entry. Luckily, decentralized and P2P technology has gotten really popular. The distributed web is actually a lot easier to work with that you might expect, and doesn't require any "back end" experience. Dat is a P2P... read more

Radical internet futures: Let's draw them together

A collaborative drawing-based discussion between activists, hackers, technologists and researchers on how we can imagine a radically different, better, internet. Participants will be encouraged to produce drawings (individually and in groups) that represent how they imagine the internet to be now and how they would like the internet to be in the future. The drawings will support a discussion on how to imagine radically different technological futures. The unusual format of the discussion allows for... read more

Regulationism and the need for a digital postmodernism

The following talk will address the recent calls for regulation of digital content on social media platforms alongside the digital emancipation movements of the 90's, and how this informs, or rather, elucidates issues in digital ethics. And by this I mean the way in which various normative claims exist, and persist online, and how such ethical conventions interact with us user-subjects. Ultimately, my plan is to show that there is a fundamental error in how... read more

Remaking the web: Competing visions of decentralization

'Decentralization' has emerged as a rallying cry to build a web where control is delegated away from central authorities and toward individuals. However, among the multitude of efforts to decentralize the web, there is a lack of consensus on how it should occur and what new centres of power will be cultivated in the process. This talk traces decentralization through historical accounts of the development of the Internet, highlighting how architectural decentralization has served multiple... read more

Resistant networks with retro-tech

In the Media Archaeology Lab my colleagues and I have the unique opportunity to experiment with 'obsolete' technologies, including networking protocols. Though they are outdated, these technologies provide a unique opportunity to experience a form of technological connection that is rarely available - direct, limited, and affectively more honest than the networks we've become accustomed to. My talk-shop will offer an overview of the projects currently running in the MAL in addition to getting hands-on... read more

Social, artistic, and theoretical experiments with decentralized festivals

This is a technical, artistic, theoretical reflection on how we use technology to run and experiment with decentralised festivals in Berlin. VERANTWORTUNG 3000 (2016), HOFFNUNG 3000 (2017) and now p2panda are platforms and protocols to setup groups, festivals, gatherings, events or spaces in a decentralised, self-organised manner which allow us to raise questions on how we organise ourselves in our social, artistic & theoretical communities. We will look into implementations / realisations of decentralised festivals... read more

Solar powered website

Low-tech Magazine questions the belief in technological progress, and highlights the potential of past knowledge and technologies for designing a sustainable society. In this talk we present https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com, a radical redesign of the blog that is self-hosted on a solar-powered server. This talk will review the design and technical considerations behind the redesign. This includes highlighting its functional benefits, such as archivability and accessibility, as well as its design approach to make the infrastructure powering... read more

Spectacular grammar: Infrastructure as a Universal language

This paper proposes information technology (IT) infrastructure is formulating a universal language. It dips into historic efforts to create a universal language via avant garde filmmaking and Gottfried Leibniz's characteristica universalis. It then explains how international standardization organizations are developing the globally unified infrastructural language through their regulations. The paper weighs the benefits and consequences of a universal language by looking into who IT infrastructure serves and who is excluded. As Marshall McLuhan inferred in... read more

The future for workers

A public roundtable discussion with artist Brett Wallace focusing on the challenge of working conditions in the digital age. By examining ideas or labor, technology and the greater economy in Wallace's recent work as a jumping off point, we will hold a group discussion on building coalitions and reclaiming autonomy and dignity in workplaces today. What are the internal contradictions workers face in the gig economy at large, and in the field of contemporary art?... read more

Trouble in the bubble: Tech workers organizing in the industry

How can we as users and workers imagine ways to own our technology? On the path towards full cooperative takeover like turning Twitter into a public utility, we have to get fairly compensated for our labor - which is why volunteers with Tech Workers Coalition developed Get Back Lost Wages, a simple platform for all gig workers in California to file claims for minimum wage and overtime pay. This session introduces strategies for building power... read more

Waiting for NIN in New Orleans

Reterritorializing Hybrid Space from Avant-Garde to Avantpop, A Media Archaeology of Process-Based Platforms of the Artist-Run Counter-Institution read more

Whose future are you serving?: Interrogating frontier imaginaries within P2P technologies

[PROTEST_BAR]

This half-day workshop engages participants in the construction of a tool for interventions into wireless infrastructure space. The workshop is open to all skill levels and interests and assumes no prior knowledge of networking, electronics or programming. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of wireless networking and will program the device to create wireless access points, embedded web servers and custom packet injectors. The focus of these activities is to explore networks and imagine... read more

Presenters

Adam McFillin

Adam is an artist engaged in producing works that investigate power and its presence in the protocols and structures of communications networks. By making signals, packets and protocological rhythms audible or visible, he aims to expose the materiality of the digital network and evade the abstractions that exist between user and machine.

Andreas Dzialocha

Andreas is an electric bass player, producer, composer and developer. His work consists of both digital and physical environments, spaces, festivals, software or platforms for participants and listeners. The computer itself serves as an artistical, political, social or philosophical medium, dealing with computer culture, machine learning, platform politics or decentralized networks. He studied art history, musicology, media philosophy and computer science in Berlin where he also lives and works.

Andrew Louis

Andrew is a software developer based in Toronto. He's currently working on building a digital Memex as well as researching the history of similar projects. Previously, he was the co-founder and CTO of ShopLocket, an ecommerce startup acquired in 2014. When he's not coding, he spends his time on obsessive projects such as attempting to bike on every street in Toronto, taking photos of only doors (instagram: @hyfen), and making voxel art.

Biyi Wen

Biyi is an archiver living in Rotterdam. Currently enrolled in Experimental Publishing Masters course in Piet Zwart Institute.

Brett Ian Balogh

Brett is a Chicago-based artist, designer and instructor making aural, sculptural and cartographic explorations of the electromagnetic spectrum. He is currently an adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, teaching courses in tactical media, electronics, robotics and biological communications.

Brett Wallace

Brett is a New York-based artist whose practice involves an exploration of the future for workers. His work spans writing, photography, experimental/documentary video, performance and installation. Wallace is also the founder AMAZING INDUSTRIES – an R&D startup-as-artwork that demystifies the future of work and advocates for workers in the digital age. His work has been shown at Silas Von Morisse Gallery, New York, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, Reshaping Work, Amsterdam, Satellite Art Show, Miami, NURTUREart, New York and has been reviewed and mentioned in The New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, ARTnews, artnet, Artslant, Hyperallergic and WHITEHOT magazine. Wallace is currently a member of NEW INC, the world's first museum led incubator created by the New Museum.

Cecylia Bocovich

Cecylia is a developer on the anti-censorship team at Tor Project and spends most of her time working on projects of digital resistance against state control. She is also interested in reducing the alienating affect of technology, and spent some time exploring the possibilities of local networks as a part of the UnMonastery Zagori test lab.

Corey Abell

Corey works and studies as a Masters student in the English department at Simon Fraser University on the unceded Coast Salish territory of Vancouver, BC. His current SSHRC funded project investigates the rise of the online community Incel through psychoanalytic and critical theory lenses, paying special attention to the enframing of memes as cultural capital for the Incel. Corey also enjoys snowboarding, writing, playing music, and being a cat-dad.

Dan Hassan

Dan is a queer white-passing descendent of indo-guyanese indenture and founder of blockades.org. they are an opensource hacker with solarpunk tendencies active in autonomous co-operatives, blockchain research/development & big (enough) data analytics. currently building dark crystal, a fun decent(ralised) peer-to-peer utility for securing secrets with friends in cypherspace and an antidote for alienation and cobox. CoBox has been funded by the EU LedgerEU programme and seeks to replace the corporate cloud with a cooperative cloud utilising P2P technologies.

Danny Spitzberg

Danny is a user research and sociologist based in Oakland, California. He volunteers with Tech Workers Coalition, a worker-led, all-volunteer network building working power in the tech industry. He works with Start.coop, a business ownership accelerator, and with a tech collective working with new cooperative platforms worldwide.

Elisabetta Ferrari

Elisabetta is a PhD Candidate in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (USA). Elisabetta's work focuses on the relationship between social movements, protest and digital technologies. Her dissertation research explores how contemporary radical leftist activists in Europe and the United States imagine the role of technology in their struggle for social change. She uses creative visual methods to engage activists in thinking critically about technology.

Farhad Bahram

Born in Iran, a society with stringent regulatory control over all types of communication, Bahram developed a keen interest in understanding how the performance of individual actions could affect the outcome of our social encounter. His practice involves performance, installation, books, ephemera, social media, video and photographs. He received his MFA from the University of Oregon, where he held a teaching position as a Career Instructor of Art for 5 years. Currently he works as an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the Indiana State University since 2019.

Georgiy Shibaev

Georgiy (a.k.a. Mauve) is a freelance software developer working on decentralized and P2P software. He's passionate about the web, and enabling people to own their data, communities, and software. He's currently working at the Dat project on developer experience by building tools to make it easy to work with Dat across environments like the Web and Node.js.

Gottfried Haider

Gottfried is an artist, educator and software tool-maker. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Hector Sanjuan

Hector works at Protocol Labs and leads the IPFS Cluster project, a distributed application using many parts from the libp2p and IPFS stacks.

Hiba Ali

Hiba is a new media artist, writer, curator and musician from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Her performances and videos concern music, labour and power. She conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technology. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. She has presented her work in Chicago, Stockholm, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland.

Jack Jamieson

Jack is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information. His research investigates intersections of digital technologies with culture, with a focus on issues related to values, labour, and interoperability. Specifically, he studies how web developers shape the direction of the Internet by creating, contesting, co-opting and compromising with platforms and standards.

Jaya Klara Brekke

Dr. Jaya Klara Brekke is a critical theorist and political cryptoeconomist and one part of the CoBox project looking to enable a privacy aware p2p cloud. She recently completed a PhD titled Disassembling the Trust Machine, three cuts on the political matter of blockchain, from Durham University Geography department, where she is also currently undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship. She has worked on questions of power and (geo)politics in network infrastructures for the past ten years as a designer, writer and public speaker.

Jennifer Seaman Cook

Jennifer is a transnational American Studies scholar, media theorist, essayist, and creative writer. Working at the intersections of politics and poetics, she specializes in visual and public cultures, cultural and social movements, and media and technology studies. Jennifer’s writing can be found in 3:AM magazine, Cedilla Literary Journal (Ç viii, 2014) alongside Amiri Baraka (archived at University of Montana), LA Review of Books, PopMatters, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Salon and more. She also blogs about pre-digital to digital culture and the Experimental Television Center at HASTAC. She can be found in several anthologies and is forthcoming with Clemson University Press. Her arts writing in anthology has premiered at the Frankfurt Book Fair and MoMa PS1.

Kirill Pimenov

Kirill graduated from Moscow State University as a Specialist (≅Master of Science) in Physics, with a specialization in computer modelling of optical properties in liquid crystals, in 2010. The word 'computer' turned out to be the most exciting in that phrase for me, so since then I founded and acted as a CTO for my own startup (which flopped), moved to Germany to develop software in SUSE Linux GmbH, and ended up acting as a Head of Security for Parity Technologies.

Lai Yi Ohlsen

Lai is an artist and tech worker operating at the intersection of media and movement. She works to promote open data and advance Internet research and policy as Project Director at Measurement Lab. Previously, she worked to defend and promote human rights online with eQualitie. She is a 2019 Artist in Residence at Movement Research and her work has been shown at MR's Fall Festival, New York Art Book Fair and the Internet Archive's Decentralized Web Summit. Lai Yi has been supported by Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, rehearsal Residency, Pioneer Works and Peer-to-Peer NYC. She is the author of '100 Scores: movement inspired by computers' and tends to her creative practice at Soft Surplus, a collective warehouse space in Brooklyn. Her current research interests include the proliferation of movement through crappily compressed images, the resistance of automated 'best practice' bodies, and how analog forms move in resistance against digital power.

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Lauren Traugott-Campbell

Lauren is a graphic designer and artist working in exhibition and print design at MGMT Design in New York City. Her work investigates the materiality of digital systems and the labor involved in making them run.

Libi Rose striegl

libi is an an artist and PhD student currently based at the University of Colorado, primarily in the Media Archaeology Lab & the Blow Things Up Lab. My work is focused on tech defamiliarization as an educational tool, using workshops as both an education and artistic practice. I am interested in the technological, social and environmental implications of convenience. I regularly host workshops on tech repair, retro technology, privacy & security, open source practices, and alternative networks.

Marie Otsuka

Marie is a designer and programmer working around tools and methods for making. She is currently drawing typefaces and developing scripts at Occupant Fonts, while independently collaborating with various authors, artists, and designers.

Melanie Hoff

"Melanie is an artist and educator examining the role technology plays in social organization and reinforcing hegemonic structures. Their work plays with structural conventions of software, installation, and workshops. They are a founding member of the 'Cybernetics Library', an art and research collective offering resources for study and critique of technical and social systems and "Soft Surplus", a collective art studio warehouse for making things near each other. They teach at Rutgers University, the School for Poetic Computation, and have presented their work in New Museum, the Queens Museum, the Internet Archive, and elsewhere."

Nahee Kim

Renée Reizman

Renée is an interdisciplinary curator, artist and writer at the crossroads of curation, social practice and creative placemaking. By embedding herself in communities, Renée identifies object-oriented networks shaped by cultural aesthetics, urbanization, law, and technology. You can find Renée's writing in publications like Hyperallergic, Vice, and Chicago Magazine. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

Sam McGarva

Sam believes that all design should be human-centred. I'm excited about the role designers can play in developing technology & policy that considers the real needs and values of people. I currently work as a freelance designer, research & teach in the School of Design at George Brown College, and study for a Master of Information at the University of Toronto (with a concentration in Culture & Technology and Critical Information Policy Studies).

Sphere Collective

Sphere is an artist collective of Brian Patrick Franklin (MFA, New Media, Pennsylvania State University) and Chris Wille (MFA, Metals, Illinois State University) who explore the complex and often blurry relationship between virtual and physical objects, actions, and identities. Sphere's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions as well as being presented at prominent festivals and conferences including The World Maker Faire and The Digital Games Research Association Annual Summit.

Tobias Williams

Tobias is an artist and educator based out of Toronto Canada. He has an MFA from York University and currently works as an instructor at OCAD U, Humber College and Toronto School of the Arts. His art and research practice uses 3d animation to explore the intersection between art, society and technology. Recent projects of his have focused on topics such as the history of the Blockchain, hashtag aesthetics and the ontology of virtual art spaces.