Open Call for Participation! HDSA2022 Connecting Otherwise

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Open Call for Participation! HDSA2022 Connecting Otherwise
Name Open Call for Participation! HDSA2022 Connecting Otherwise
Location Amsterdam, Berlin, Seoul, Aotearoa
Date 2022/06/02
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PeopleOrganisations Hackers & Designers, MELT, NEWS, DDDUG
Type HDSA2022
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>>> Deadline for participation sign up: 2 June 2022 <<<


Open Call for Participation! HDSA2022 Connecting Otherwise

Join us for the distributed H&D Summer Academy – taking place 16-23 July 2022 in 4 different interconnected locations: Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Aotearoa (formerly known as New Zealand) / Berlin, Germany (+ online) / Seoul, South-Korea

As participant of the HDSA2022 you will be able to join one of the locations (nodes). All nodes will facilitate – in their own ways – the same workshop program. There will be moments in which all nodes will connect and there will be times where we follow workshops asynchronously. This edition is an experiment in decentralized organization and strives to connect the different nodes, while attuning to and leveraging the different local contexts.

Theme: Connecting Otherwise

Living in a global pandemic for the last two years made apparent how our internet use impacts our co-habitation with each other – other humans, other species – in social, material and psychological ways. The evolving monoculture of the handful of companies that mediate our online connectivity, as well as their pervasiveness and extractivist nature, has created a condition in which it is difficult to imagine alternative, affective, and sustainable ways of coexisting and connecting online.

Within the theme of 'Connecting Otherwise': we will explore the intersections of accessibility and sustainability of hybrid cultural work and techno-social life—the cultural, economical, ecological, and geographical implications of our increasingly complex entanglements with technology.

This year's summer academy will be facilitated and co-constructed with collectives that work in their respective local environments at the intersection of art, design and technology, environmental, queer, trans* and disability justice, free/libre/open source software development, and radical pedagogies. Together, we invite participants to join us in questioning, reimagining and putting into practice other conscious, creative, and response-able ways of working, creating, and co-existing online.

How does the distributed HDSA work?

By organizing the program in a distributed format, members of different communities are invited to engage with each other's collective practices through making things together and co-organizing workshops and experiments.

Meet the nodes

Amsterdam: Hackers & Designers + Hackitects Collective

Hackers & Designers is a non-profit workshop initiative organizing activities at the intersection of technology, design, art and education. By creating shared moments of hands-on learning H&D stimulates collaboration across disciplines and technological literacy. H&D organizes activities from the idea of a flattened hierarchy. 'Teachers' become participants, participants become workshop leaders – everyone is taken on a collective venture of shared response-ability – bringing in own expertise, urgencies and experiences. More about H&D:

Hackitects Collective (Michel Barchini, Mary Farwy) is a species of interdisciplinary designers with an architectural background. Their work takes place at the interface between spatial design, biohacking, and technology. They are driven by dismantling the normative approaches to architecture by highlighting the interconnected relations between environment, human, and non-human bodies. Emanating from technological, political and cultural landscapes, they propose alternative working models that imagine rewarding and positive scenarios of uncertain futures.

Node-specific information:

Aotearoa: Place for Local Making + Negative Emissions and Waste Studies Programme (NEWS)

A Place for Local Making is a shared space for inspiring imaginative and caring ways of making and living together in our multispecies entanglement. Through making and thinking with materials at hand, and tuning into the more-than-human companions around us, we wish to grow new stories and ideas about how we could better relate with our material and ecological surroundings. Small, slow and simple is beautiful. We host, co-produce, support and welcome ideas from others.

The Negative Emissions and Waste Studies (NEWS) Programme is a free self-learning environment that runs on streets, parks, private homes, community centres, public art galleries, department stores, public schools, in the sea, and anywhere else. It uses only things that have been thrown away or can be found for free. We then play and experiment with them to make fun, pleasurable and (sometimes) useful objects, services, activities, etc., in domains including but not limited to electronics, sewing, ceramics, sound/music, micromobility, gaming, landscaping, food/drink, poetry, and love.

Node specific information:

Seoul: Dot Dot Dot User Group

'Dot Dot Dot' can mean a variety of things: dot to dots, constellations, forest, the fediverse, electronic circuits, soundscapes and ellipsis. An ellipsis is a 'blank' that someone has to fill in, a 'silence' that is a time when people stay calm and listen, and an 'indescribable' meaning that it cannot be described in words. We believe that (non-verbal/non-human/the fediverse/queer) possibilities will be discovered through efforts to drift apart from the centrality of (verbal/human/the Internet/gender binary). The 'Dot Dot Dot User Group' is a group that plans, shares, and carries out personal/community-wise efforts that gradually relocate the foundation of our lives and existence onto decentralized/self-sustaining connections.

Node specific information:

Berlin (and online): MELT

MELT (Ren Loren Britton & Isabel Paehr) study and experiment with shape-shifting processes as they meet technologies, sensory media and pedagogies in a warming world. Meltionary (derived from "dictionary"), is a growing collection of arts-design-research engagements that cooks up questions around material transformations alongside impulses from trans* feminism and Disability Justice. Melting as a kaleidoscope like phenomena touches upon multiple topics at once: climate change, the potential for political reformulations, change over time and material transformation. Our node is hosted at Commo: Commo is a space is run by queer, trans* and autistic people and can comfortably host a group of up to 15 people. We joyfully invite trans* and disabled people to participate – in-person and online participation are possible.

Our nodes’ motivation is to research, share and activate otherwise modes of connecting built on knowledges already present. Crip knowledges of how to stay connected while centering care became needed by non disabled audiences in 2020. While some forms of access were granted as nondisableds needed them (such as working from home), others remain unimaginable. Within these contradictions, what then are anti-assimilationist, accessible and trans* approaches to connecting otherwise? How can we move towards a point where we can choose our technological dependencies (because non extractive accessible tools exist) - intervene into existing systems - and build otherwise technologies of intersectional disability access? Our ethos of facilitating this Summer Academy begins from centering collective accessibility -- we work with collective conditions that help to establish ways of being together that center care in our node. Breaks, questions, non technical expertise and dancing will be celebrated.

More on our work:

More on the physical space our node is hosted in:

Node specific information:

How to participate?

>>> Please fill in this form to apply! <<<

There is a limited amount of spaces for participation available per node. If we get more submissions than spaces available we might need to make a selection. Please submit your form by June 2 latest. You will receive a confirmation of reception on June 3. And the final outcome on June 10. Write an email to if you need some extra time.

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