Technologien/Praxen | Digitale Kommunikations- und Medienwelten

Olivia Jaques
Art Sciences and Art Education, Art and Communication Practices
2024S, artistic Seminar (SEK), 4.0 ECTS, 4.0 semester hours, course number S05138

Description

Mz* Baltazar's Lab presents: Undoing & Doing Manuals

Most of the algorithms that determine our digital interactions are biased contributing to the perpetuation of the “matrix of domination“ (Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought, 1990): capitalism, heteropatriarchy, white supremacy and colonialism. The same applies to hardware in which Interface Design and development of technology continues to take place in the (cis)male-dominated environments of engineering companies and university research groups (Sørensen, Faulkner, and Rommes 2011, 137). How can we design and use technology that breaks with the norms of a consumerist, misogynist, racist, ableist, gender binary, and heteropatriarchal society?

We chose to address these issues by thinking through and practising the notion of Feminist hacking – an umbrella term for practices that involve female-identified, queer and non-binary artists, designers, educators and hackers who collaboratively create and modify devices and systems that are of specific interest to the community.

In line with the practice and theory of Mz* Baltazar's Lab, the course "Mz* Baltazar's Lab presents: Undoing & Doing Manuals" offers an eclectic approach to rethinking and creating one's own manual. The various artistic practices that are present within the collective (Olivia Jaques, Patricia J. Reis, Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, Nicole Sabella, Anna Watzinger) serve as a starting point for this. The participants of the course will get a multi-layered definition of manuals, and are encouraged to create and test their own version of a manual in the course of the seminar. They will also get practical insights into feminist hardware (sensors and e-textiles), hacking, open source, auto-operative writing, as well as artistic-performative translations of data capitalism and data protection, the so-called social media and finally the body as a socio-political interface. We will build, dismantle, scrutinise, listen to one another, rethink and experiment together. No previous knowledge is required, everyone with a lot of curiosity is welcome. Please bring an old digital device and old textiles.

Mz* Baltazar’s Lab, founded in 2009 and rooted in Vienna, defines itself as art, feminist* hacking and safe space, as a constantly changing collective of currently five artists, activists and theorists who have set themselves the goal of creating a safe, subversive creative infrastructure for making/hacking, community building/networking and the realisation/support of exhibitions and workshops at the intersection of media art, science, hacking/making and gender politics at Mz* Baltazar's Lab in Vienna's 20th district. 
www.mzbaltazarslaboratory.org

Examination Modalities

Creation of your own manual

Comments

The course will be held in German and English. No previous knowledge is required, everyone with a lot of curiosity is welcome. If available, please bring a digital device that is no longer in use, such as a smartphone, laptop, smartwatch and old clothing/textiles.

Key Words

Artist Manual, Gender, Feminist Hardware, data care, hacking, performance

Dates

11 March 2024, 13:00–17:00 Studio Praxistest
18 March 2024, 13:00–17:00 Studio Praxistest
08 April 2024, 13:00–17:00 Seminar Room Mix Media 1 (304–305)
15 April 2024, 13:00–17:00 Seminar Room Mix Media 1 (304–305)
29 April 2024, 13:00–17:00 Studio Praxistest
06 May 2024, 13:00–17:00 Studio Praxistest
13 May 2024, 13:00–17:00 Seminar Room Mix Media 1 (304–305)
27 May 2024, 13:00–17:00 Studio Praxistest
24 June 2024, 13:00–20:00, "takes place at Mz*Baltazar's Laboratory, Jägerstraße 52-54, 1200 Vienna and/or Angewandte Festival"

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2024, 13:00 to 10 March 2024, 01:41
Via online registration

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): Künstlerische Praxis (kkp): GO: Grundlegende Technologien / Praxen (kkp) 067/001.11

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): Künstlerische Praxis (kkp): FOR: Technologien / Praxen (kkp) 067/001.21

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): Schwerpunkt Digitale Grundbildung (DGB): Praxis / digitale Produktion 067/020.10

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): Schwerpunkt Digitale Grundbildung (DGB): Praxis / digitale Produktion 074/020.10

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible