Dat Conference is a virtual peer to peer event about local-first tech and meetup space for everyone interested in the decentralized web. The conference will be taking place online this year and we're showing some of the talks for a short while at Varia. Pass by and grab a beverage, keep your distance and lets enjoy learning about what is going on in the world of solarpunk peer-to-peer technology together. Find out more @ https://varia.zone/en/dat-conf.html.
During the current times, Varia's Read & Repair days are continuing in a
trans-local mode. We are trying to find the right balance between having
different modes of togetherness through collective reading and sharing,
while joining either through an online channel or by being present in the
space in Charlois.
Varia is hosting a special edition of Read & Repair that will be split into
*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,
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.
During the second session, we will be reading: 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 make use of
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 educate ourselves on the subject of police
abolition, and learn from communities who have already imagined alternative
practices of accountability.
We acknowledge that these sessions are north american-centric, but want to
discuss them in the context of europe. Also, it is mostly north-american
companies that own, maintain and fuel the most pervasive technologies which
ultimately support police work and warfare.
*stone throw* is a pedagogical work. A collection of short essays and
references presented in an online space, that will be programmed to erode
over time. The writing will sit together with a sound work and scanned
images that present debris from our collective reading. The visual
components will only be temporarily available as they are digitally eroded
and corrupted. The (our) textual material is reactive; the more it is
viewed (exposed) the faster it fades away.
This work responds to a conversation, on youtube, between Seda Gürses and
Florian Cramer (Crisis Education Critical Education, Artez). "How do we
hack digital infrastructure to create meaningful learning environments?"
stone throw is an agitation towards online infrastructures. Aware of its
hypocritical position, being online, stone throw counters this by eroding
It will mimic geological processes that gnaw away at rocks and physical
scanning/photocopying that degrades ownership by making and discarding
copies. Treating digital as natural is an attempt to challenge how our
devices, as Cramer says, “control our imagination for what this media can
*stone throw* was initiated by Amy Pickles who worked with Cristina Cochior
& Julie Boschat Thorez to select the reading material for these pedagogical
events. This project is made possible wth CBK PPR funds.
*Thursday 23rd July 2020 w/ Ruha Benjamin, Race After Technology
16:00 - 18:00 online
We will be meeting, discussing and collecting our notes on this pad
*Sunday 26th July 2020 w/ Angela Y. Davis, Mariame Kaba and Critical
14:00 - 16:00 in varia
This session will take place in Varia.
We are looking forward to practicing careful conviviality together again!
Physical presences will be protected as much as possible by adopting some
security measures: max 12 people are allowed in the space with 1.5 meter
distance between them. Hand gel and masks are available.