SoilPunk with Hackitects x H&D
- De Bonte Zwaan
- w/ Hackers & Designers, Hackitects
This workshop is developed by the two collectives Hackers & Designers and Hackitects in the context of the H&D Summer Academy 2022 Connecting Otherwise. We invite participants and facilitators of the different nodes to imagine and try out ways to radically reduce the energy use associated with communication technologies such as the Internet and consider a low-tech approaches to 'connecting otherwise'.
Some questions / points of discussion we want to explore through this hands-on workshop:
- making tangible abstract concepts around communication technology / technical infrastructure / connectivity
- problematizing and considering different narratives and vocabularies around 'the internet'
- negotiating problematic history of connectivity and communication infrastructure
- the solarpunk approach: imagining and exercising desirable futures for communication technologies that are less wasteful, accessible, inequitable, self-reflexive and fun!
The workshop incorporates two experimental approaches simultaneously: one that is focused on exploring strategies from DIY biotechnology where bacteria found in local iron-rich soil are harnessed to generate and store energy. And secondly, by peeling back to the bare-bones of communication, and creating our own far from flawless but hyperlocal interpersonal protocols for information transfer. SoilPunk: muddy speculations on desirable techno futures.
Image Description: Grid-like structure with yellow glow and the words SoilPunk, Hackitects and Hackers & Designers. In the center a round image of growing cell culture.
The photos that day were taken by Emilia Martin for Radio Echo
Listen back to this workshop day's reflection
~About H&D and Hackitects~
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.
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.