Coding Resistance is:
A 10-week Lecture Series bringing together stellar designers, researchers and activists: Morehshin Allahyari, Iyo Bisseck, Marwa Fatafta, Timnit Gebru, Aimi Hamraie, Lucas Larochelle, Maryam Mustafa, Minna Salami, Nakeema Stefflbauer and Joana Varon. Register now!
A free-of-charge Fellowship for participants from historically marginalized backgrounds. Each person brings their research and interests to the group, and together, as a community of transnational solidarity, we support the crafting of independent narratives, which will soon appear on Futuress. Apply now!
Under the guise of machine neutrality, technology captivates, fascinates, and entails a promise of imagined objectivity. At the same time, oppressive social structures are coded into technological tools that further reproduce social, spatial, and environmental inequality, subduing and subjugating racialized, gendered and non-abled bodies. The very design of artificial intelligence embeds human biases, which in turn creates harmful, destructive material and digital infrastructure.
Against the backdrop of algorithmic discrimination, reinforced by state and corporate surveillance, many activists and civil society movements have been striving to reimagine the relation between society and technology. Futuress wants to help connect and amplify the voices of designers, researchers, and activists who critically examine the politics of digital tools and seek to build more equitable and just practices. Our new study program Coding Resistance aims to expose design’s role in sustaining inequalities, while at the same time imagining how technologies can be used to imagine new futures.
BIPOC+ Student: €35
Starting on September 17, 2021 and for the following 10 weeks, different inspiring speakers will take us on a journey through complex multifaceted topics including discriminating algorithms, digital colonialism, emancipatory potential of virtual reality, interdependence as a political technology, speculative queer and trans futurities, and more.
Bringing insights from their activism, lived experiences, and research, our speakers will reflect upon the social implications of technology hardwired with racism, sexism, classism, and other systems of oppression and the harmful, destructive digital and material reality it creates. They reveal multiple interconnected social justice struggles that reimagine digital tools and engage in “coding resistance” toward more just futures.
Each lecture is followed by a discussion, where you will be able to ask direct questions to the lecturer as well as the other participants from all over the world. All lectures will be available synchronously and asynchronously, and you will further be invited to join the Futuress Slack platform to continue sharing and learning from others. The Slack Futuress gathers participants from past and present Futuress workshops, forming a growing community of designers, researchers and activists from all corners of the world.
In addition, by registering for the lectures, you not only enter a transnational community centered around design-politics, but also help to sponsor 48 participants to join our parallel Fellowship and craft their own unique counter-narratives. Their research will be honed into stories for a broad audience, which you will soon read here on Futuress!
Link to the Lecture page!
Each fellow applies with an ongoing research project they wish to develop and make available to a broad audience—this could be a thesis in the works, a final year project, a semester assignment, or a longstanding obsession.
Alongside having full access to the Coding Resistance lectures synchronously and asynchronously, fellows meet in smaller groups in collective brainstorming sessions to share their progress, give and receive feedback, and gain new insights from others. Workshop facilitators Cherry-Ann Davis, Amélie Lamont, Maya Ober and Nina Paim will follow everyone’s work closely, and support participants with active listening, constructive critiques, and practical advice. This will also be supplemented by individual feedback, and the lively Futuress Slack.
At Futuress, we believe in the power of accessible writing to bring awareness to inequalities and injustices in the world. We will support each participant to craft their research into an accessible format—adhering to our guiding philosophy to make design research public. By the end of the workshop, everyone will produce one article relating to their research topic, which will be edited and published on Futuress.
Thanks to the patronage of the lecture series, the Fellowship is entirely free; however, places are limited to 48 spots. Applications will be accepted up to September 1, 2021, at 12p.m. CEST. Selected participants will be announced on September 5, 2021.
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*Futuress is committed to democratizing design education. Our online lectures are accessible through a sliding scale price structure of STANDARD, SOLIDARITY, STUDENT and BIPOC+ STUDENT. If you have the financial capacity, please consider paying the solidarity price to support Futuress’s fellowship, learning, and publishing community. For students under more limited economic circumstances, particularly those self-identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and majority world, we offer a BIPOC+ student price. We trust your honesty, and do not require proof of self-identification for enrollment.
September 17 | 3 pm CEST
with Joana Varon (she/her)
Researcher and Activist
October 15 | 3 pm CEST
Glimmering Opacities: From Queering The Map to QT.bot
with Lucas Larochelle (they/them)
Designer and Researcher