Criptastic Hack Meeting: Riding / Snorkeling / Surfing and Burrowing into Time Undercurrents

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Criptastic Hack Meeting: Riding / Snorkeling / Surfing and Burrowing into Time Undercurrents
Name Criptastic Hack Meeting: Riding / Snorkeling / Surfing and Burrowing into Time Undercurrents
Location H&D Studio
Date 2024/06/22
Time 11:00-16:00
PeopleOrganisations MELT
Type Meetup
Web Yes
Print No

H&D (Pernilla Manjula Philip, Anja Groten, Karl Moubarak, Heerko van der Kooij) and MELT (Ren Loren Britton & Iz Paehr) warmly invite you to join us for a criptastic hack meeting – a hands-on workshop that brings together MELT's imaginative and speculative design approach to dreaming up Anti-Ableist technologies with H&D's hands-on hacking approach to imagining more regenerative and equitable techno-futures.

Image description: A screenshot of a p5js sketch shows blue waves rolling in a circular motion, overlapping, curving with slight randomness.

Inspired by a lineage of crip[1] technoscience, the approach to the session is equally practical as imaginative-fictional, resists tech-solutionism, and aims to generate continued energies around making and practicing Anti-Ableist technologies.[2]

We invite participants to ride the unruly/unexpected/fantastic undercurrents of crip time[3] with us and create other collective imaginaries for interfacing with crip time that counter the universalist assumption that all bodies and minds experience time and space similarly.[4] Compulsory techno-capitalist paradigms of time-efficiency,[5] consistent and seamless labor performance and presumed able-bodiedness pattern time structures that are inaccessible for many people. [6][7] Ren Britton writes: "My bodymind is expected to move quickly, to keep up with turbo capitalist computational clock time that counts to the millisecond."[8]

With this workshop we use a hacking approach to actively counter the notion of universal time and turn toward practices that tune into crip time.[9] Crip time shows that there are other ways of being in time: slow, in attunement with pain or symptoms,[10] with JOMO (joy of missing out), in resistance towards capitalisms temporal demands.

We will imagine and build clocks that work against gregorian clock time and instead propose crip time, a way of considering the body as something that is constantly changing, that may go through and stay in states of illness, exhaustion and disability. Such clocks attune to different individual and collective temporalities.

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There are limited spaces available. Please write an email to and let us know whether you are planning to join us online or in person. For IRL participants please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or other access needs. Further information here:

About MELT

MELT (Ren Loren Britton & Iz Paehr) builds worlds along three arts-design research structures: Anti-Ableist Technologies, The Meltionary and Zeitgeber. Actioning shape-shifting processes that generate material, aesthetic and infrastructural transformations with Trans* feminisms and Disability Justice, their work interweaves themes of: climate change, coalition building, critical technical practice and access. MELT's work resources ways of being together that figure in the present and future our flourishing.


  2. “Crip” is a political reclaiming of the derogatory label “cripple.”
  3. The phrase ‘crip time’ comes from feminist, queer, and disability scholar Alison Kafer and refers to the imperative for a new way of understanding time in a way that acknowledges different lived realities. Alison Kafer, Feminist, Queer, Crip, Indiana University Press, 2013.
  4. Christine Miserandino, Spoon Theory
  5. Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism's Temporal Bullying
  6. Trans Temporalities
  7. In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics
  8. Ren Loren Britton, On Rehearsing Access. Making space for non-normative time with Access Riders.
  9. Ellen Samuels "Six Ways of Looking at Crip Time"