ONLINE: The Dynamic Archive - Anja Groten (Hackers & Designers)

Online: The Dynamic Archive – Anja Groten (Hackers & Designers)

Vortragsreihe / 30.04.2020 / 6 pm

Anja Groten von Hackers & Designers stellt, innerhalb der Vortragsreihe von The Dynamic Archive, sich und ihre Arbeit vor.

Platforming as Practice: The Technical and Collaborative Workings of the Hackers & Designers Collective

The notion of the platform has become a common
expression – a default term used to describe technical infrastructures designed for interaction, specifically for sharing, aggregating and archiving of information. Despite referring to technical projects, the notion of the platform is also used figuratively,
addressing social and organizational structure of collectives. The platform – as an abstract yet spatial image functions as a point of reference for organisational work, allowing to address ephemeral aspects of that work.
Being affected by an organising body, attuning
to it, resisting it and representing other forms of organisational realities often goes hand in hand. In these different modes the platform becomes a way of structuring and orienting. In order to further expand on the relationship of platform
and organisation
this talk will pay attention to instances of Hackers & Designer’s collaborative practice in which a technical object referred to as platform was imagined, planned, designed and used. By
doing that I intend to problematise positive and enabling tropes such as ‘support’, which suppose the role of platforms (technical and non-technical) as acting in service of those who use them.

30.06.2020, 18.00 Uhr

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Anja Groten (Hackers & Designers)
lives in Amsterdam


Anja Groten is an Amsterdam-based designer, educator and community organiser. In 2013 she co-founded the initiative Hackers & Designers, attempting to break down the barriers between the two fields by enforcing a common vocabulary through education, hacks and collaboration. Anja is a PhD candidate at PhD Arts, a practice-lead doctoral study at ACPA (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts) Leiden University, and works as an embedded researcher at the consortium Bridging Art, Design and Technology through Critical Making. From 2019 Anja heads the design department at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, Master of the Rietveld Academie.


Image caption:

Image from 'Volumetric Capture Lab’, workshop hosted by Leon Butler, Tanya Ermolaeva at Hackers & Designers Summer Academy 2019 ‘Coded Bodies’

ONLINE: The Dynamic Archive - Anja Groten (Hackers & Designers)

30. Juni 2020, 18:00