October 2, 2023


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Next Cloud Atelierhaus. An online residency for Marxist oracles, Algorithmic Solidarity and more – We Make Money Not Art

In 2021, servus.at, a Linz-based mostly network society initiative that encourages the use of free open resource software program for collaborative work, released a just one-month online residency program for electronic artists. Subsequent Cloud Atelierhaus features 5 invited artists obtain to all the applications in the servus.at cloud occasion, a material collaboration platform that allows interaction channels such as chats and video convention, and offers specific resources to arrange group workflows.

As a curatorial experiment of self-built establishment, the job investigates what position Atelierhaus can engage in in the online areas to champion electronic art and respond to its desires. The on-line residency format allows for the sharing of methods, feed-back from the servus.at crew, weekly meetings, studio visits with friends, cling out activities and a closing open studio presentation.

An oracle motivated by Marxism, a Faculty of Algorithmic Solidarity, a bot that follows Socrates’ encouragement to “know yourself”, a poetic exploration of the asynchronicity concerning human and pc situations, an archive of overall body areas that resist patriarchal technology… These are the jobs I read about when I achieved with the people of April 2022 in the context of a(n on line) studio take a look at:

Graphic by Mary Maggic

Image by Mary Maggic

Image by Mary Maggic

The very first artist I spoke with was Mary Maggic. Their creative investigate focuses on hormone biopolitics and environmental toxicity, and on how the ethos and methodologies of biohacking can enable demystify invisible traces of molecular (bio)power.

In the course of the on-line residency, Maggic worked on Archiving the Disobedient Human body. Every day, they produced a 3D scan of a different component of their overall body, “one disobedient portion at a time”. The segments are then stitched collectively in a way that evokes the badly sewn physique parts from which the creature of Dr Frankenstein emerged. Every glitch in the 3D scanning method (fingers are lacking, poor quality of pores and skin texture, etc) points to the failure of machines to comprehend and categorise the human human body.

Arguably just about every exterior part of the human overall body has been defined, calculated and categorised less than the scrutiny of scientific objectivity, producing a form of somatic fiction that distinguishes regular bodies from the irregular or pathological ones. This is the place the “disobedient” element arrives in. Standard types dismiss or deny the fact that the human body is in continuous responsive morphogenesis with molecules, microbes, endocrine disruptors, metabolisms and messiness. We are additional malleable that we believe we are. In that perception, our bodies are getting queered, whether we realise it or not. This is one particular of the causes why the rigid concept of gender is significantly being challenged today.

By looking for to carry out the unachievable method of archiving a entire body that relentlessly shapeshifts, Archiving the Disobedient Overall body subverts patriarchal technological know-how and heteronormative buildings, demonstrates their failings and repurposes them for queer and feminist techniques.

The undertaking is open up resource: the 3D scans of the human body are published on-line along with the 3D scanning protocol for collaborative mutations. Other folks can as a result access the scans of the artist’s physique and lead to the deconstruction of the “normative” human body.

Archiving the Disobedient Physique is a 2nd action in a broader job devised to develop resistance within patriarchal engineering. Maggic acquiring previously labored on the Genital( * )Stress clinic which tries to redefine genital aesthetics and taxonomies for the poisonous period.

Picture: Danae Tapia

Danae Tapia is the founder of The Electronic Witchcraft Institute, an arts organisation dedicated to accumulating innovative but non-conforming techniques to the use of know-how. The mission of the Institute is to take a look at the parallels between technological innovation and mysticism, in between hackers and shamans, amongst anthropological and digital experiments. Tapia has been building bot oracles for a while, getting benefit of what she phone calls “digital randomness” and low-cost AI technological innovation to take a look at how spirituality is staying coopted by capitalism.

For the Future Cloud Atelierhaus residency, she utilized Marxist idea as the foundation of study into the type of esoteric understanding that communist beliefs can produce.

The Grave, a Marxist Oracle blends estimates from The Communist Manifesto and filtered shots that the artist collected from Sign chats with her buddies. The function envisions Marxism as a kind of historic European tradition wherever just about every person assignments their have that means and interpretation on to the text relying on their individual subjectivities.

By combining sentences from the Manifesto with snippets from Tapia’s digital intimacy, the oracle can summon imaginaries that glance odd but continue being in line with what Tapia phone calls “the spiritually-charged aesthetics of Marx and Engels’ text”.

In the foreseeable future, the artist wants to open up up the folder so that other people can add their have photos to the folder and make The Grave a extra autonomous task. She is also wondering about adapting the operate to an exhibition context. It would then be extra immersive, with sonic meditation for case in point.

Image: eeefff

Artist and laptop scientist Nicolay Spesivtsev alongside one another with artist and author Dzina Zhuk from eeefff check out the socio-economic effects of the infrastructure and politics of details and algorithmisation. Getting from Minsk, the duo of artists preferred to look into the likelihood of creating an algorithmic solidarity cooperative where by collaborative techniques could arise and assist new forms of solidarity.

The residency authorized the artists to build a skeleton for the ‘School of Algorithmic Solidarity.’ The school’s curriculum would emphasis on digital infrastructures of coloniality (such as the invisible, precarious and often outsourced pool of human labour making sure the working of tech infrastructure) and on new, playful and resourceful kinds of technological know-how infrastructures of solidarity that would counter-equilibrium extremely capitalised ailments.

eeefff’s analysis not only explores solidarity but also strikes. Aspect of their inspiration for the strike strategy arrives from the Belarusians partisans who sabotaged the railway infrastructure in their state in an effort to hinder the movement of Russian machines into Ukraine.

In the end, what matters to eeefff is to develop a new political, anti-war creativeness about institutions.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (Perfect Fans), 1991

Cristina Cochior is a researcher and designer whose exercise focuses on constructions of know-how co-manufacturing, politics of automation, archival illustration, collective publishing and located software package tactics. She is a member of Varia, a Rotterdam-centered area for producing collective approaches to everyday know-how..

Numerous passions of the artist occur collectively in the challenge formulated in the course of the Atelierhaus residency: the advancement of additional collective and non-extractive digital infrastructures, computer system logic and “user-unfriendliness” or the irritation that manifests alone when technological infrastructure does not perform as efficiently as promised. Her challenge consists of seeking at the tensions among synchronicity and asynchronicity. Computers are synchronised with each individual other. However, there are frictions and a have to have for negotiation among human time and laptop or computer instances. When you run out of disk area, for example. Or when you expertise delays mainly because far too several folks are using a server. These sorts of situations can be aggravating for the reason that they disrupt your doing work movement but they are also revealing the internal doing work of the infrastructures and devices that technological innovation is made of. From there, Cochior would like to establish protocols that would check out the lags and asynchronicity, asking inquiries such as “How are timelines negotiated, interrupted or multiplied?”, “How can we replicate thoughts of asynchronicity into distinctive protocols?”, “What variety of poetry can arise from these lags?”


aaajiao is a media artist, blogger, activist and programmer. aaajiao is also the digital persona of Xu Wenkai, an artist who lives in Shanghai and Berlin. Lots of of aaajiao’s is effective examine new pondering, controversies and phenomenon all over the Internet, with particular projects concentrating on the processing of information, the blogsphere and China’s Terrific Fire Wall. aaajiao’s latest assignments increase his exercise to several disciplines (amongst them, architecture, topography and design and style) to examine the notion of id in cyberspace and to replicate the point that remaining a consumer has grow to be the quantity 1 id for many men and women across the globe right now.

For the residency, aaajiao has utilised telegram to give lifetime to a bot that will help him know himself much better. aaajiaoisBot commences by currently being a aspect of the artist but it will evolve more than time to adopt a individuality that is however undefined: an alter ego, a tool or probably even an existence that no human will be able to comprehend.

Anybody can engage with the bot by way of the telegram system. It’s possible the bot will remedy you. Or probably aaajiao will truly be the intelligence you are talking to. The ambiguity displays pseudo-AI or Potemkin AI phenomenon in which human staff are executing the cognitive function powering AI solutions.

The Subsequent Cloud Atelierhaus is curated by S()fia Braga, Davide Bevilacqua & Pitscher for servus.at.