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Internationales Sommerfestival 2022
Future of Code Politics II:

Technologies of Radical Care – Konferenz Teil 1

 
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digital / Wheelchair users / Theory
  • In English or Spanish spoken language with translation into English & German spoken language & live captions in German, English, Oromo, Luganda & Mixe.

    The conference is free of charge but with registration via webshop.

  • Sat, 20.08.2022 11:00 [also Online]
    Kampnagel – P1 Cancelled

A conference on the relationship between new technologies and radical care.

The care crisis has been much discussed in the pandemic. It is in line with many other social crises and a natural system on the verge of collapse. "Care" has become the buzzword for many socio-political discussions. At the same time, the state of emergency of the health and social welfare systems, of nature and social coexistence, is often met with hope in new technological possibilities. Such technologies are regularly developed with the aim of making people, the environment and society more efficient. Software systems are then used to optimize processes and thereby control society, nature and people. A system of power and dependencies is thereby codified and disguised in software code. But what if we decided to think of our present and future centering the care for people and the environment rather than focusing on technical control and efficiency?

Over three days, THE FUTURE OF CODE POLITICS II - TECHNOLOGIES OF RADICAL CARE invites scholars, activists and artists from around the world to discuss these questions. They will present queerfeminist, decolonial, anti-racist and anti-ableist perspectives on current technologies of care - and suggest how they might look different in the future.

The programme was made in collaboration with J. Khadijah Abdurahman (We Be Imagining), Gracen Brilmyer (Disability Archives Lab), Lucía Egaña (Musea MAMI), Joana Varon (Coding Rights), Lorena Jaume-Palasí (The Ethical Tech Society) and Lena Kollender. It will be moderated by journalist and author of “Radikale Zärtlichkeit” (Radical Tenderness), Şeyda Kurt.

Download the digital program book with the complete 3-day program HERE.


PROGRAM Saturday, 20.08.

11:00 - 12:00
A conversation on Justice, Care and Technology
with Mia Mingus & Lilith Wittmann
Moderation: Şeyda Kurt
Curation: Lena Kollender, Lorena Jaume-Palasí

Author and community educator Mia Mingus and IT security expert and activist Lilith Wittmann will open the second day of the conference with a keynote conversation. During the presidency of Barack Obama, the White House chose Mia Mingus as one of “fifteen Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women as ‘Champions of Change’ who are doing extraordinary work to create a more safe, equal, and prosperous future for their communities and the country.” Her writings on transformative justice have strongly influenced both the theoretical and practical debates on disability justice and inspired alternatives to the punitive justice logic of the carceral state.
Lilith Wittmann has been making headlines for her research on security vulnerabilities in the public sector and for the development of digital infrastructure for the public interest. She was sued by the conservative political party CDU for responsibly disclosing security gaps in the software they deployed. The affair fostered an international conversation about the security and care obligations of political parties when using technologies with their voters. With her initiative Bundesstelle für open data (Federal Office for Open Data) she pushed the standards to make government data accessible on a new level.
Together they will discuss questions around transformative justice, care and technology in the institutional context.

13:00 - 14:30
Panel: Blackness, African Indigeneity and Computation

with Kalundi Serumaga, Ayantu Tibeso & Romi Morrison
Moderation & curation: J. Khadijah Abdurahman

How do we situate digital technologies in the long duree of settler colonialism and enslavement both within the African continent and the United States or Turtle Island? What is a black sense of place and how does it interrupt normative understandings of race and technology? What sonic archives from the black diaspora can destabilize the way we think about computation? Former radio DJ, journalist and Ugandan scholar Kalundi Serumaga, Oromo archivist Ayantu Tibeso and interdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator Romi Morrison will discuss each of these questions drawing from black feminist theory and african indigenous practices. The event will be moderated by J. Khadijah Abdurahman, founder of We Be Imagining, a project at Columbia University applying the black radical tradition to developing public interest technology.

15:30 - 17:00
Panel: Lost in Translation I: Extractivism of bodies and territories

with Paola Ricaurte, Paz Peña, Moira Millán, Mariah Rafaela Silva, Kupalua, Génesis Victoria, Eli Wewentxu and Yela Quim
Moderation & curation: Lucía Egaña and Joana Varon

Mainstream digital technologies operate under the logic of extractivism. Particular territories that have a history of colonial dispossession are being mined to provide resources for building tools used to collect a massive amount of data about our lives and bodies. Pervasive surveillance and user addiction, data colonialism, racism, capacitism, heteronormativity are embedded values in development of these extractivist technologies. But what would it mean to have technologies that care about our bodies, minds and territories? Departing from texts written by the thinkers based in Abya Yala/Latinoamerica, Paz Peña, Moira Millan, Paola Ricaurte and Mariah Rafaela Silva, the musicians and performers Yela Quim, Génesis Victoria, Kupalua and Eli Wewentxu will do an interpretation of their words - in different formats beyond the textual contributions, to sparkle our imagination around how to solve these questions.

18:00- 19:00
Panel: Documenting Care: Archiving Disability Pasts & Futures

with Panteha Abareshi, Walela Nehanda & Alice Wong
Moderation: liú méi-zhì chen
Curation: Gracen Brilmyer

How might we foster remembering crip experiences of care for future generations? For disabled people, care can be loving, care can be violent. Care can be weaponized in medical contexts, masking violence against bodyminds under “cure,” “rehabilitation,” and “normalization”. But care within disabled spaces can be magical; care in crip communities can be a radical act of love. This panel addresses the multifaceted nature of crip care by focusing on how we document our experiences. Through visual arts, poetry, oral histories, and other methods, this panel will address how disabled people document their lived experiences of care and how they imagine our collective futures.


BIOGRAPHIES

Alice Wong is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant based in San Francisco. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture. Her debut memoir, “Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life” will be available on September 6, 2022 from Vintage Books. Alice is a co-partner in, among others, DisabledWriters.com#CripTheVote, and Access Is Love with co-partners Mia Mingus and Sandy Ho, a campaign that aims to help build a world where accessibility is understood as an act of love instead of a burden or an afterthought. She has been published in the New York TimesVoxRadiolabPEN AmericaCatalystSyndicate NetworkUncanny MagazineCurbed SFEaterBitch MediaTeen VogueTransomMaking Contact Radio, and Rooted in Rights. Her activism and work has been featured in the CNN original series United Shades of America (Season 3, Episode 4)Huffington PostThe Guardian and many more.

Ayantu Tibeso is a scholar focusing on transnational Indigenous Oromo knowledge production and archival erasure in the construction of Ethiopian national narratives. She is a Cota-Robles Fellow and doctoral student in Information Studies at UCLA with a concentration in archival studies. Her primary research interests explore the intersections of archives, historical knowledge production, and indigenous knowledge and recordkeeping systems. Her work is rooted in African contexts with Ethiopia at the center of much of her analysis. She is passionate about decolonizing knowledge and revaluing and harnessing indigenous knowledge for the well being of communities globally.

Eli Wewentxu is a non-binary Mapuche artist, born in Wallmapu, who studied music performance at the UACH Conservatory in Valdivia and took lessons with various teachers in Brazil, Netherlands, Spain and Germany. Eli currently lives in Berlin as a violinist, composer, performer and violin teacher. Eli explores themes of identity, decolonial-social resistance and seeks new ways of creating music with and from the body, focusing on a critique of the hegemonic, elitist image of Western violin technique. Eli is part of the collective Mapuche Mawvn in Berlin.

Genesis Victoria non-binary latinx artist and researcher, born in Santiago, Chile (1989) and based in Berlin. Their artwork involves sound art and performance art as an interdisciplinary practice. From diverse ways of experimentation, they explore the artistic possibilities of embodiments in the aesthetic flux. In real-time compositions, Génesis creates atmospheres overlapping senses, sound and materialities. Thus, they seek to interfere with visual hierarchy and achieve different forms of sound knowledge and poetics. In their performances, listening became a primary instance of connection with inhabiting. Through diverse mediums, they explore space acoustics and sound sensitivity, inquiring issues related to identity, virtuality, technologies and contemporary embodiments. They use diverse objects and digital tools in order to produce analog and digital dialogs. Bachelor in Art, Theory and History of Arts, University of Chile. Pursuing a Master’s degree in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts program at Universität der Künste Berlin.

Kalundi Serumaga is a historian, journalist, filmmaker and cultural activist. Among others he is the associate editor of the New African, an English language monthly news magazine based in the UK. His work has been published in leading African literary magazines such as Kwani? and the africa report. He has previously served as the Director (Artistic and Administrative) of Uganda National Cultural Centre (1998- 2003). Under his leadership, the Centre became well known as a place of intellectual-cultural growth, decolonisation and entertainment. He was one of the creative minds behind very popular Ugandan soaps such as That is Life Mwattu, or Entebbe. Kalundi Serumaga has also taught at Makerere University, Uganda. He became renowned also as the host of the Radio One talkshow “Spectrum”. Since the September riots 2009 Kalundi has been arrested and assaulted for publicly airing his political views. Having lived in exile in Kenya and the UK, he also knows “a thing or two” about being a refugee.

Kupalua is an artist from Brazil, interested in the transdisciplinarity between performance art, composition, voice and video. Investigating power dynamics between and within bodies, Kupalua problematizes female behavior expectations and the institutionalization of human relations. With sounds, coming from the most interior places such as the cervix or from the deepest spot in the Ocean, Kupalua is a physical experience, sound waves trespass your body and voices whisper to your bones other notions of darkness, womanhood, alien and terrain possibilities. Kupalua is one of the artists on the concept and performer of the piece Macaquinhos which had a polemic repercussion in Brazil and was shown in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Brussel, Wien, Salvador, Cariri and São Paulo. Also on the concept and soundtrack of their current piece ZOO commissioned by Mousonturm. Kupalua is the name of their music solo project shown around Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Athens, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Heliodora and São Paulo.

Lilith Wittmann is a software developer, IT security expert and activist from Berlin who describes herself as a "riot influencer". Lilith deals with security research - usually in state infrastructure - and data liberation. She gained wider media attention by exposing security vulnerabilities in the German COVID-19 Luca app and the election campaign app CDU connect of the German conservative political party. The CDU's federal executive filed criminal charges against her in July, although her actions aligned with the concept of Responsible Disclosure, a responsible way of disclosing security vulnerabilities. Lilith Wittmann is a member of the zerforschung group, which investigates the security of information technology systems, among other things.

liú méi-zhì chen (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary, disabled, Abolitionist nerd, descended from the islands of Taiwan and Ireland. They are currently the Oral History Archive Manager at the National Public Housing Museum in Chicago. They view storytelling and oral history as key strategies for thawing trauma, empowering connection, and creating radical change. Their personal work focuses on anti-imperialism, queer/trans liberation, the heterogeneity of Asian and Asian/American identities, Black/Asian coalition movements, and the textures of silence and absence. Their Master’s thesis about asian queer kinship can be heard at www.tidalflats.xyz.

Mariah Rafaela Silva is a social activist and human rights advocate socially recognized in Brazil and abroad. She researches digital media, gender violence and processes of subjectivation. Mariah Rafaela Silva is currently officer of the program for political participation at the Race and Equality Institute in Brazil. She was a researcher at the Center for Studies on Security and Citizenship (Cesec), at the NGO Grupo Conexão G de Cidadania LGBT de favelas, where she remains a volunteer at the Observatory of LGBT Violence in Favelas. Mariah Rafaela Silva has a degree in Art History and holds a master degree in History, Theory and Criticism of Culture. At the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, she studied gender, migration and globalization. She was also a professor at the Department of History and Theory of Art at Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Mia Mingus is a community educator and builder for transformative justice and disability justice. In 2020 she founded and leads SOIL: A Transformative Justice Project which works to build the conditions for TJ. She is passionate about building the skills, relationships and structures that can transform violence, harm and abuse within our communities and that do not rely on or replicate the punitive system we currently live in. Mia Mingus has received numerous awards, among others 2013 she was recognized by President Barack Obama as one of the API women's Champion of Change. 2020 she was awarded a Disability Futures Fellowship from the Ford Foundation. For more, visit her blog, Leaving Evidence.

Moira Millan: “I am a woman, I am Mapuche, I live in Puelwillimapu, in a country today whitewashed with European make-up called Argentina. I have dedicated my whole life to the struggle for land, dignity and the rights of my people. I see myself in the eyes of my sisters of all the native peoples who struggle to pass on their identity to their children, and to recover the art of inhabiting. In 2012, I began to walk the territories, to meet with women from different communities of indigenous peoples in Argentina, actions that were consolidated in 2015 with the formation of the Movimiento de Mujeres Indígenas por el Buen Vivir, which represents 36 native nations. I wrote and published my first novel in the winter of 2019, "El tren del olvido" (The train of oblivion) and I am currently writing my second novel. For 20 years I have been supporting the territorial recovery of Pillán Mahuiza, Chubut, Puelwillimapu. I have not accepted positions or perks, I don't want privileges. I want rights for all. I am the bearer of many collective dreams and I want to walk them with all of you.”

Panteha Abareshi’s interdisciplinary studio practice and research-based scholarly work are rooted in their own existence as a sick, disabled, queered body. Through installation-based sculptural and performance-video works, Abareshi critically examines the nuances of objectification within the crip experience, and makes material of their own disabled body. In Abareshi’s practice there is a constant experimentation in withholding/over-extending of vulnerability, control, access - as a means of making the viewer hyper-aware of their own body, and actively employing accessibility as a tool. Abareshi is currently exploring disability eroticism and the disabled body as fetish object. 2021 they were awarded the VSA Emerging Artists Competition, by the Kennedy Center. Panteha Abareshi’s work has been exhibited a.o. in New York, London, Frankfurt, Dresden and Los Angeles.

Paola Ricaurte is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Digital Culture at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City and a digital rights activist. She was a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (2018-2019) and an Edmundo O'Gorman fellow in the Institute for Latin American Studies (2018), Columbia University. Her work focuses on the critical study of digital technologies. Her publications include “Data Epistemologies, The Coloniality of Power, and Resistance” (2019), “Youth and Digital Culture: Critical Approaches from Latin America” (2018), “Pedagogies for the Open Knowledge Society” (2016), “Challenges to collective action in the post-Snowden era: visions from Latin America” (2015), “Control societies: techno-surveillance and civic resistance in Mexico” (2014). She was the author of the “Freedom on the Net report for Mexico” (2017). Together with Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejías, she is the founder of Tierra Común(www.tierracomun.net/), a network of activists, citizens and scholars who work on interventions for data decolonization.

Paz Peña is an activist working at the intersection between digital technologies, feminism, and social justice. She is the co-creator of different instances of reflection-action, such as the Notmy.ai initiative that seeks to collectively create a framework for feminist reflection on Artificial Intelligence developments in Latin America and the Latin American Institute of Terraforming a space for understanding the varied relationships between digital technology and the climate crisis. Paz also co-created acoso.online a comprehensive resource for victims of online gender-based violence and is the Ex Advocacy Director of the digital rights NGO @derechosdigital.

Romi Ron Morrison is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and educator. Their work investigates the personal, political, ideological, and spatial boundaries of race, ethics, and social infrastructure within digital technologies. Using maps, data, sound, performance, and video, their installations center Black diasporic technologies that challenge the demands of an increasingly quantified world—reducing land into property, people into digits, and knowledge into data. Romi has exhibited work and given talks at numerous exhibitions, conferences, and workshops around the world including Transmediale (Berlin), Tribeca Film Festival, the American Institute of Architects (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). Their writing has appeared in publications by MIT Press, University of California Press, Open Humanities Press, and Logic Magazine. They are currently an Annenberg Fellow in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC in Los Angeles.

Walela Nehanda is a Black non binary, disabled, demisexual, queer, cultural worker, nationally renowned writer, cancer & stem cell transplant survivor. Walela discovered spoken word poetry in 2013, at just 19 years old. Over the years, Walela has been featured in publications: named in Out 100 List of 2020, Teen Vogue, The Guardian, Nylon, Vice i-D, SELF Magazine. Through Walela’s time organizing, Walela has learned their poetry must act in service to the movement as a means to shift consciousness and communicate nuance in an accessible manner.

Yela Quim is a sociologist by training, rapper (singer-songwriter). She believes in art as a path of struggle, resistance, enjoyment and healing from the wounds of war and macho violence. "Resistimos a la Guerra" is her first album and is “making waves in the South American independent music scene” (remezcla magazine). The album is inspired by the context of war in her country, it is a cry of struggle and resistance for women's rights and sexual and gender dissidence. Her political-artistic commitment makes visible the defence of joy, to which she sings and raps with decolonial discourses from lesbofeminism, fat activism and the struggle for free abortion.


CO-CURATION J. Khadijah Abdurahman, Gracen Brilmyer, Lucia Egaña, Joana Varon

CONCEPT & CURATION Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Lena Kollender

PRODUCTION LEAD (Lea Connert, Dana Tucker, Carolina Brinkmann).

FUNDED BY the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR

IN COOPERATION with the Nemetschek Foundation & the Hans Böckler Foundation

WITH THE SUPPORT OF Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V. and the Goethe Institute.


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