Son[i]a #350. Deleted scenes

We dig up some unreleased fragments of our conversation. We talk about research as an interdependent practice and we call for complexity. Along the way, we speculate on non-coercive forms of computation and consider some case studies from the collaborate project Possible Bodies and The Underground Division.

Listen: https://rwm.macba.cat/en/extra/sonia-350-jara-rocha-deleted-scenes

Conversation: Anna Irina Russell, Albert Tarrats, Ricardo Cárdenas and Anna Ramos. Script: Anna Irina Russell. Production: Anna Ramos. 

  • 00:01 Interdependent research
  • 03:35 Conversational crossroads as a starting point for generating amalgams
  • 05:30 Mapping and DIWO/DIY
  • 08:46 Bitflipping, non-coercive computing, and a hunch about 3D to be explored
  • 13:02 Possible Bodies
  • 15:23 The three axes of Possible Bodies: (X) so-called bodies, (Y) the legacy of volumetric technologies, (Z) the probable and the possible
  • 21:25 Inventory as methodology
  • 26:46 Research and disobedient action
  • 30:36 Languaging
  • 34:29 Item #89: The truthful hairy hominid and the cracks of parametric truth
  • 43:25 The case of Make Human
  • 47:28 Item #117: Fold Out. Detection of “fugitive bodies” in lush borderlands
  • 49:00 G-plates: visualization of plate-tectonic processes and movements. A change of scale
  • 51:27 Texts on the table: Sylvia Wynter, Cassandra Troyan, Sophie Lewis, Helen Prichard, Martino Morandi...


[workshop] Installing Ourselves into Libreplanet


A workshop session to map out each of our current conditions of connecting and being together, the physical-political, and technological conditions using a diagrammatic methodology.

The workshop is geared towards installing ourselves into the conference's infrastructural spectralities by sharing, learning from and attuning to each others' conditions for connectivity, online participation and basic computer-mediated mundane day-to-day life. We want to pose this affirmation as an initial trigger: installing is about situating — attuning to our network of (inter)dependencies and attuning to the dependencies with our local and vernacular but also standardized and planetary networks.

This workshop was created in the context of the Fellowship for Situated Practice organized by BAK.

  + info: https://www.fsf.org/events/libreplanet-workshop-april-25-installing-ourselves-into-libreplanet



Tilt the Scroll to Repair: Efficient Inhuman Workforce at Global Chains of Care

it is fundamental to challenge the GAFAM regime from a perspective of anticolonial and transfeminist intersectional analytics. The crisis of presence at the global chains of exploitation is already mundane: by user power wasted—­or washed away—­by a capitalist patriarchal-­colonial matrix of woven and wefted infrastructures; by an infrastructure of damage arranged around supply chain events such as the domesticated labor

production of microtaskers (or “Turkers”), the offshore labor production of hardware assemblers; by the shipping routes that routinely trace the colonial scheme; by the waste around smelters and refiners erasing life all around; by the care workforce that shoulders all this productive weight. In sum, by a convergence of powers entwined in the project of massive extraction, growth, and control.

To continue with the urge for a denser and more complex technopolitical imagination, those global chains of care need to be scrolled up and down, sideways, and underneath. Scroll the chains away from the userized nonlife flows hidden by Amazon. Scroll the chains through to show their damage. Scroll the chains along to tilt forces and erase GAFAM & Co.’s efficient machinery. Scroll off the chains, and partially repair them through other computational geometries of relation.

Our chapter, titled "Tilt the Scroll to Repair: Efficient Inhuman Workforce at Global Chains of Care" and co-written with artist-researcher Joana Moll, is finally out in the volume titled "Digital Work in the Planetary Market", edited by Mark Graham and Fabian Ferrari and published by MIT Press (2022) under fully open conditions:


& accessible in different formats (pdf, html5, epub or order paper copies) right here --> https://www.idrc.ca/en/book/digital-work-planetary-market

Understanding the embedded and disembedded, material and immaterial, territorialized and deterritorialized natures of digital work. Many jobs today can be done from anywhere. Digital technology and widespread internet connectivity allow almost anyone, anywhere, to connect to anyone else to communicate and exchange files, data, video, and audio. In other words, work can be deterritorialized at a planetary scale. This book examines the implications for both work and workers when work is commodified and traded beyond local labor markets. Going beyond the usual “world is flat” globalization discourse, contributors look at both the transformation of work itself and the wider systems, networks, and processes that enable digital work in a planetary market, offering both empirical and theoretical perspectives.

The contributors—leading scholars and experts from a range of disciplines—touch on a variety of issues, including content moderation, autonomous vehicles, and voice assistants. They first look at the new experience of work, finding that, despite its planetary connections, labor remains geographically sticky and embedded in distinct contexts. They go on to consider how planetary networks of work can be mapped and problematized, discuss the productive multiplicity and interdisciplinarity of thinking about digital work and its networks, and, finally, imagine how planetary work could be regulated.


Sana Ahmad, Payal Arora, Janine Berg, Antonio A. Casilli, Julie Chen, Christina Colclough, Fabian Ferrari, Mark Graham, Andreas Hackl, Matthew Hockenberry, Hannah Johnston, Martin Krzywdzinski, Johan Lindquist, Joana Moll, Brett Neilson, Usha Raman, Jara Rocha, Jathan Sadowski, Florian A. Schmidt, Cheryll Ruth Soriano, Nick Srnicek, James Steinhoff, Jara Rocha, JS Tan, Paola Tubaro, Moira Weigel, Lin Zhang