Gaming The Aftermath

Produced and curated by Diffractions Collective – Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling hosted by APART

Surveying a planet fraught with climatic, biodiversity, governance and social crises, this lecture series aims to understand how ‘gaming’ as the supreme medium of our time invites engagement with questions related to systems-designing, that in effect, provides tools for orienting and working through our catastrophe-laden imaginary. We reflect upon whether games themselves can accompany how we engineer strategies aligned with models of adaptive intelligence, to interface and ‘melt’ into designing counter-worlds against the lock-in of futural disintegration. Through an examination of the role of logistics operating as the arteries of our world economy, we probe into how ‘walking simulators’ and ‘management games’ compel engagement with our ‘infrastructural unconscious’ and provide templates for ‘rafting-with’ the realities of supply-chain breakdown, displaced migrations, and a form of ‘bricolaging’ our way through adverse environments.

Continue reading “Gaming The Aftermath”

Existentially weighted time decay: speculative fragmentation and political immunology

Transcript of Michael Uhall’s talk at WyrdPatchwork#5

My answer was that architecture, as a social and primarily constructive act, could heal the wounds, by creating entirely new types of space in the city. These would be what I had called ‘freespaces,’ spaces without predetermined programs of use, but whose strong forms demanded the invention of new programs corresponding to the new, post-war conditions.” – Lebbeus Woods

Continue reading “Existentially weighted time decay: speculative fragmentation and political immunology”

#WyrdPatchworks 5

In the wake of Covid-19 and its convulsions that have rendered ever more salient a global system dependent on the warp and weft of global supply chains and logistical systems, #WyrdPatchworks returns to grasp how conceptions linked to Patchwork, MetaUtopia, or alternative governance dynamics can grapple with addressing the virus compounded by Climate Change, Loss of Biodiversity, Displaced Populations. Thus, we will speculate how Covid will inflect potential ways of mining out new social arrangements that in turn transform and rezone urban, peri-urban and rural limits or how mechanisms that will sort and cast the concept of populations in a different light that departs from national, cultural, and identitarian markers towards genetic, antibody or ‘hologenetic’ economies that shift us to ponder the evolution of post-human governance. Featuring Louis Armand, Adam Lovasz, and Michael Uhall.

Continue reading “#WyrdPatchworks 5”

Speculative Ecologies Launch and Podcast

Launch of the essay collection Speculative Ecologies: Plotting Through the Mesh (Litteraria Pragensia Books, 2019), featuring lectures and a live podcast.  

Sunday, 26 January 2020 // 17.00 – 23.00

PUNCTUMKrásova 803/27, 130 00 Praha 3 – Žižkov

Continue reading “Speculative Ecologies Launch and Podcast”

"Operation Anthropolysis" Installation

Y: POSSIBLE FUTURES” is a serie of curated events by DIVADLO X10 focused on an transdisciplinary and transgenre interconnections opening new ways of meeting the local and international (art) scene.

Diffractions Collective and sdbs will be participating with the installation Operation Anthropolysis

when: 02 – December – 2019

Continue reading “"Operation Anthropolysis" Installation”

Automatic Autonomia

18:00-24:00, 16th & 17th November, PUNCTUMKrásova 27, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov

On 16-17 November, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the “Velvet Revolution,” Alienist magazine, Diffractions Collective & CCCT are hosting a “colloquium” of theorists, activists & artists on theme of AUTOMATIC AUTONOMIA at Punctum, Krásova 27, Praha 3-Žižkov, Czech Republic. Read more >

Continue reading “Automatic Autonomia”