Christmas Comes Early This Year…
On Wednesday December 7th from 18-21 we will host a workshop about people exploring technology in a very personal way. We’ll be brainstorming concept for the ideal future sex toy which explores both technology itself and the domain of art & tech. Sex toys are often limited to being phallic in shape and having limited modes. We know there is room for improvement, but what are the possibilities for shapes and features? So the overall theme of the evening will be, how can we re-invent the vibrator? The emphasis will be on discussing potential features and how various features might affect the understanding of sexuality and the relation to technology.
We will initiate the workshop with a reading of an excerpt to inspire you, and then move along to an open discussion. Once inspired, we may develop a few prototypes based on the feedback.
The workshop is initiated and will be facilitated by a team member from the Scandinavian collective Panda Panda, who is currently hoping to develop an evolution of the sex toy in the form of a kit for people curious about developing their own technology and/or sexuality.
./ Make Me! Festival | Napravi Me! Festival
⇒Belgrade, Friday 10th – Monday 14th of June 2011
⇒Cultural Centre REX, Jevrejska 16
⇒TEACH YOU, TEACH ME:
A RESEARCH ON THE PRESENCE AND POTENTIAL
OF ALTERNATIVE USES
OF TECHNOLOGY IN EVERYDAY LIFE,
ON THE STREETS OF BELGRADE
register for the workshops at firstname.lastname@example.org
all workshops are free of charge
Make me! festival will feature a series of workshops on building and using different DIY devices, with a critical reflection on the presence of technology in public space.
The workshops are intended for tech-savvy women and girls but also enthusiasts of all genders with no previous knowledge. Artists and activists gathered around independent, self-organised initiatives from the Netherlands, Austria and Serbia will teach a wide range of subjects, from listening to electromagnetic waves and analysis of wireless Internet traffic to the use of satellite signal for GPS and solar energy.
The attendants will learn how to make and modify devices for receiving and storing the data they gather. Through one and two days workshops where “everyone teaches everyone”, we will explore the presence of technology on the streets of Belgrade. We will play with the potential of alternative uses of technology in everyday life.
The main goal is to question what is given and imposed by the technology, through an approach on the intersection between technology, art and activism. The workshops are meant to enable and encourage the participants to work with everyday technology and adapt it to their needs. They are not expected to show high technical literacy but curiousity to get to know and possibly modify technology that is available to everyone.
The target group are primarily girls with an experience in some kind of activism and an interest in art and technology. It is expected from the participants to share the interest in ‘breaking the box’ and ‘looking inside’, and to have an affinity towards learning new skills. One of important outcomes of this programme will be to create and strengthen a network that would connect the ones who are active on this scene. Through this network, we expect to be able to can support each other even long after the events have ended.
The workshops will take place over the course of 4 days, with two or three workshops sometimes running in parallel. The main programme is meant for women only. It is thought of as a ‘women for women’ exchange of knowledge. The programme would be open for participation of everyone interested, with the idea to open up our activities and content to everyone we are sharing our environment with.