Hackers and Designers Summer Academy 2020: Reimagining the future
July 25, 2020
As part of a collective with Karen Abadie, Molly Mcandrews and Joe Arkley, Laura co-hosted a workshop for the Hackers and Designers Summer School 2020, testing and manipulating the algorithmic logic used in Laura’s project ‘Enchiridion’ (2019)
Participants were invited to collectively engage in reimagining the future. Expanding and exploring our networks, online and offline, has never felt so significant in this time of uncertainty. The workshop hoped to distribute a new shared condition across systems, between bodies, and develop a collective future.
The questionable logic of wikiHow provides instructional content that is a subjective, temporal solution. WikiHow enables the public to modify and update content and presents a framework of open collaboration, as it is a collective work in progress of sorts. The collective invited participants to re-shape and re-think uncertain times, through manipulating and exploring algorithmically reproduced instruction sets from wikiHow, that span between meaning and nonmeaning, logical and abstract thought. The instruction sets became a site of discussion and experimentation, with potential for (and not limited to) collaborative writing, performance, video, installation, programming, drawing, appropriation and dialogue.
Some of the documentation of the workshop can be found here: https://wiki.hackersanddesigners.nl/index.php?title=Reimagining_the_future_documentation