29th March, 17:30-20:30 / Possible Bodies feat. GOB GOB
@Theory Stairs, FedLev Building (Gerrit Rietveld Academie), Amsterdam
Six years of trans*feminist disobedient action research on 3D technologies, paradigms and procedures are about to be published as Volumetric Regimes: Material Cultures of Quantified Presence (Open Humanities Press, DATA-browser series, 2022). The book foregrounds technological practices that provide with a widening of the possible and brings together diverse materials on the political, aesthetic and relational regimes in which volumes are calculated. The ongoing multi-local launch of Volumetric Regimes is made up of playful contributions, informal responses and interactive formats proposed by known and unknown comrades in the making of technosciences otherwise.
The guided tour into Volumetric Regimes: material cultures of quantified presence at Sandberg Institute will touch upon 3D image production tools and the possible practice of dissident worlding by axes, planes, dimensions and coordinates. It will be matched with play session and screening featuring works by Ráchel Plutón and Elio J Carranza.
Possible Bodies (Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting) is a collaborative research on the very concrete and at the same time complex and fictional entities that “bodies” are, asking what matter-cultural conditions of possibility render them present. This becomes especially urgent in relation to technologies, infrastructures and techniques of 3D tracking, modelling and scanning. Intersecting issues of race, gender, class, species, age and ability resurface through these performative as well as representational practices. https://possiblebodies.constantvzw.org
Jara Rocha is an interdependent researcher-artist. They are currently involved in several disobedient action research projects, such as The Underground Division (with Helen Pritchard and Femke Snelting), The Relearning Series (with Martino Morandi), and Vibes & Leaks (with Kym Ward and Xavier Gorgol). They are part of the curatorial teams of DONE at Foto Colectania, of ISEA at Santa Monica and of La Capella, all in Barcelona. Jara works through the situated, mundane, and complex forms of distribution of the technological with an antifa and trans*feminist sensibility, and their show “Naturoculturas son disturbios” emits bi-monthly from dublab.es radio. https://jararocha.blogspot.com
Femke Snelting develops projects at the intersection of design, feminisms, and free software in various constellations. With Seda Guerses, Miriyam Aouragh, and Helen Pritchard, she runs the Institute for Technology in the Public Interest. Together they create spaces for articulating what computational technologies in the “public interest” might be when “public interest” is always in-the-making. With the Underground Division (Helen Pritchard and Jara Rocha) she studies the computational imaginations of rock formations. http://snelting.domainepublic.net
GOB GOB is an initiative for critical engagement with image production software and game development by Elio J Carranza, Lauren Fong, and Aidan Wall.