ATF / Rad Ed Collaborative workshop: Mapping Monitoring in Education

ATF / Rad Ed Collaborative workshop:
Mapping Monitoring in Education

June 11 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Autonomous Tech Fetish & Radical Education Forum for a collaborative investigation into dataveillance and monitoring practice in schools this Saturday the 11th June 1-4pm @ Commonhouse.

This is the first in a series of workshops looking into the implications of data monitoring practices for pedagogy, and the increasing presence and automation of surveillance in schools. This includes software enabled surveillance, such as anti-radicalisation software, classroom management and behaviour management software. The workshop will begin to map new forms of data-capture, unpack their implications and develop strategies/counter-strategies we can take towards data driven education.

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Launch: Flee Immediately! Issue 02 Dance and Code

Launch: Flee Immediately! Issue 02 Dance and Code

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For issue 02 – dance and code, the browser is the stage, the design the dance floor, the music the rhythms between the codes; browsers, designs, bodies and movements. We are the performers. Constraints are in place, but each dance may be a bit different;  each browser, like a stage, allows for certain possibilities and errors. The issue is accessed through the temporality of performing and improvising it.

With contributions by: Liat Berdugo, Joana Chicau, Freya Field-Donovan, Oona Doyle, Lisa Erb, Emilie Giles, Stephan Groß, Cliff Hammett, Samantha Harvey, Susannah E. Haslam, Holger Heissmeyer, Verena Hermann, Eri Kassnel, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Nicholas Lawrence, Matt Lewis, Hamish MacPherson, Benoit Maubrey, Maru Mushtrieva, Lai Yi Ohlsen, Phoebe Osborne, Eleni Papazoglou, Angelina Voskopoulos

Flee Immediately! is a project by writer, coder, designer and artist Renee Carmichael. It was started in London in 2011 out of frustration, and now is a platform consisting of a journal, a blog and several experiments. The platform constantly changes shapes and collaborations, and attempts to ask questions around the technology we use everyday and the power structures at play.

http://www.fleeimmediately.com/

Facebook launch event (Berlin) – May 7th 

Facebook event (London) – July 1st 

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Cultivation: Vegetal Lives, Global Systems and the Politics of Planting

Cultivation: Vegetal Lives, Global Systems and the Politics of Planting

A conference organized by the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.
With support from the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership.

2 days – 18 & 19 March
Goldsmiths, London University

Photos: Mekong delta 2011 by Wanda Acosta; rice seedlings (Oryza sativa) at IRRI Los Baños 2010 by Elaine Gan; Mekong water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) by Ted Center/USDA; giant Mekong catfish (Pangasianadon gigas) 2014 by Lynn Chan. CC BY-SC-NA.

How are we to account for the vegetal through science and culture?

Historically, cultivation has been practiced and conceived as both a form of nurturing and as a process in which nature is fundamentally interwoven with culture as part of a general or particular process of improvement. Cultivation is a bridge between the language specific to the study of plants and that of culture more broadly. As a term crossing between both of these, cultivation has also been a conduit for a multitude of colonial, imperialist and expansionist violences—be these material, psychic or epistemic. Legal and cultural archives reveal the centrality of cultivation in colonial ideologies, while dormant seeds bear witness to the histories of global trade and the darker side of capitalist progress—the classification, regulation and exploitation of native/non-native forms of “natural” life. At the same time, science also becomes a crucial cultivating force, drawing us to attend to and reflect on the world with an acuity that is far from imperious. Meanwhile, contemporary extractive capitalism and the ongoing colonisation of natural resources supplant and supress traditional modes of relating to nature and, more specifically, vegetal worlds. Overall then, to trace plants, is to enter into a “super-complex” situation.

Features talk by Graham Harwood (YoHa & Goldsmiths, University of London) & Fran Gallardo (Queen Mary University, London)

Chaired by Matthew Fuller and Shela Sheikh (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths)

Saturday 19 March
Ben Pimlott Building Lecture Theatre
11:00–16:00

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Bodily Bureaucracies

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Bring along your bureaucratic monster.  

Bodily Bureaucracies Is part of the Distraction Clinic project, a collectively led workshop exploring the what happens to our bodies as they give out data, are affected by data, act through data and are stored as data in different systems.

The Distraction Clinic project is an ongoing investigation into technologies and practices concerning attention, bodies and power.

Open Systems Association (OSA) is an allotment society for the critically curious and the technologically disaffected.

Autonomous Tech Fetish is part of Common House. They probe how technology is fetishised and work with activists to affirm their technological autonomy.

We hope you can join us – please help circulate the flyer.

N.b. Common House is wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the toilet isn’t yet. Kids of all ages are welcome and are encouraged to bring forms or systems they are affected by.

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink

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How many: sucks to complete a breast milk meal? Litres of water to boil 16 eggs? Applications of skin bleaching agent to erode the dark pigment of human skin? Kilogrammes of millet to sandblast a saucepan? Wave oscillations to transduce the power of a solar storm? Minutes to complete a time use survey?

This collective material enquiry explores how time is produced through the relations between physical processes and is restructured through cultural and political techniques. Engineered, commodified and consumed, kitchen time becomes labour time sold as leisure, but could we make it something different? Could we carry with it the wetness, warmth and sheer burning alkalinity of the substances, practices and forces we find within its walls and streaming through its windows?

Opening Event: Friday 21 June 2013, 6-9PM

Open: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 2013, 2-6PM

Join us at Harts Lane Studios

17 Harts Lane
London
SE14 5UP

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