Thinking the Digital through the Indigenous

Danae Tapia from The Digital Witchcraft Institute will participate in the panel Thinking the Digital through the Indigenous at the Control Shift festival in Bristol. The invited filmmakers use their films as vehicles to think through some core questions. This panel discussion offers an alternative to the assumption that technology is a western invention; whilst problematising ‘tech tools’ through different lenses and practices. The artists also propose new languages to imagine technology, beyond hardware and software.

Oracle Bots at Control Shift Festival

The computational world is full of mystical references and similarities with magical traditions. In this workshop we’ll explore parallels between coding and casting a spell through making oracle-bots. Bots are small computer programmes that automate text on social media streams we so often find ourselves on. Oracle-bots operate as divination machines and provide spiritual advice. The workshop led by Annika Kappner and Danae Tapia will consist of coding sessions and guided meditations to explore the collective imagination around analogue and digital connectivity through the body.

First Encounters with Hacking Worlds

Categories: Spells

Artistry, trolling, collective knowledge and compelling visuals surround the world of hacking. This is a selection of our favourite content from the platform, a repository of clips depicting the ethics and aesthetics of hacker cultures.

Oracle bots at Hackers and Designers

Visual artist Annika Kappner and technologist Danae Valentina from The Digital Witchcraft Institute, will lead a hands-on workshop to create oracle bots. This is going to be a holistic experience of technology and spirituality in which participants will be introduced to topics such as the politics of magic, cyborg intelligence and posthuman automated knowledge. They will also take part on guided meditations that will connect with the practical activity of creating an oracle bot using easy generative grammars and archetypal references from different supernatural traditions.

Next Level Autopoiesis

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This is an essay that celebrates stealing. This is a text about the point in which the idea of property trespasses materialities in such a way that any attempt of accountability results absurd. This is the ultimate triumph over fear. The posthuman art will not have an author, much less an owner, it will be […]

GPG Encrypted Communication and its Literary Possibilities

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In this text I will describe very briefly the process of encrypted communication, specifically the GPG protocol which is used worldwide by people who need to protect their emails and the possibilities of this process for the scholarly analysis and the reading of literary texts. When an email is sent through a commercial platform such […]