Sinking Alloyances + Planetary Burial


Sinking Alloyances + Planetary Burial is the ninth entry to the ROCK REPO – an ongoing enquiry into computational, mineral time and matter.

Artist collective The Underground Division (Helen Pritchard, Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting) have created a new audiovisual installation (3D renderings, models, sound and text) presented at the newly transformed Eco Gallery at Wat Tyler Country Park.

Planetary estuary environments are recognised for their capacities to capture and store carbon, known as carbon sequestering. Quantified, measured and commodified as sinks for so-called ‘bluecarbon’, saltmarshes are rendered back into the flows of carbon trade.

This new artwork meditates on what it means to compute the volumes of carbon that are ‘buried’; the microbiomes and topologies, held together by root lattices of cordgrass in estuaries and mangroves across the world. Showing the liveliness and abundance of estuaries that is in excess of capture.

View on-line: http://ddivision.xyz/rockrepo/sinking/ (allow your browser to play sound).

Sound: Shadow Graphs, Katrina Burch aka Yoneda Lemma feat. Ultrasonic Dreams (2020), commissioned by Metal for the Estuary Festival 2021.

+ info about Estuary Festival 2021: https://www.estuaryfestival.com/


Bavemelieke Remnaceruno


Taller a cargo de Jara Rocha y txe

Jueves 27 de mayo de 2021, de 17 a 19 h

Sesión de atención oblicua con, desde y a través de Makebelieve Neuromancer.

Poniendo en circulación resonancias de primera y segunda fila en el entorno de la exposición y usando el formato de club efímero (cineclub, club de lectura, club de radioafición) como metodología de encuentro, observamos e invitamos a la materia y la semiótica a transformarse con dispositivos ajenos a los de la exposición, preguntándonos juntes qué repertorios se provocan con Makebelieve Neuromancer cuando comparten club con otras tecnologías de la atención.

Para ello, se invita a las personas que asistan a traer un objeto propio suscitado por la exposición. 

 Seguido de proyección "Pirate Boys" y coloquio con Pol Merchan: https://lacapella.barcelona/es/proyeccion-del-cortometraje-pirate-boys-de-pol-merchan-y-coloquio-virtual-con-el-artista

Aforo limitado, personas queer preferencia, con inscripción previa en: lacapella@bcn.cat



From de-schooling to re-instruction: a couple of scenes of techno-political transformation in learning environments


'The de-schooling movement — advanced by Ivan Illich and others in the 1970s5 — argued for reducing the hegemony of formal instruction in education, aiming for an empowerment of diffused and emancipated forms of learning throughout society that could depart the normative and oppressive forms of top-to-bottom pedagogy of schooling institutions. Part of the analysis consisted in how normative social arrangements and institutional pedagogy form a reproductive loop informing and reinforcing each other, which works by keeping formal schooling as the fundamental site for learning. The constructive part of the proposal, which included computer-aided “learning webs” as possible informal arrangements for self-directed education, ironically clashes with the harsh reality of the large and centralized computationalist6 empires that relegate informal and self-directed exchanges to the periphery of the Internet. Moreover, the social arrangements and extractive behaviors that these giants enact are entering the reproductive loop described above via their privative infrastructures and commercial apparatuses, with their pedagogy-disguised-as-a-service. This outright *re-instruction of education is ongoing, business as usual, but it is not inevitable nor unopposed.

As this re-instruction of learning environments carries dangers and damages, as well as openings and possibilities in multiple forms, we felt the need to reflect on, and tackle this complexity in the form of different “scenes”, attending closely to their different aspects and agents. Describing is one step. Problematizing is another. Indicating simultaneous potentialities is hopefully a third one. Because when things get mixed, when vibration takes place and unhinging occur, there is always a potential to try otherwise and actively engage in a re-arrangement in other terms and by differentiated means, with more just, politicized and solidary forces.'


Full text, in L'Internationale Online: https://www.internationaleonline.org/opinions/1064_from_de_schooling_to_re_instruction_a_couple_of_scenes_of_techno_political_transformation_in_learning_environments/

The Relearning Series:  https://constantvzw.org/wefts/relearningseries.en.html