Individual Project

Inefficient Tools for Quantified Beings

NDSM Fuse, Amsterdam (NL)

The exhibition 'Inefficient Tools for Quantified Beings' moved to Amsterdam and will be activated through a public program, consisting of workshops, performances and talks.

Inefficient Tools for Quantified Beings is a process-driven exhibition curated by the Hackers & Designers collective (H&D), which investigates the intersection of technology and the agency of the (human, post-human, trans-human, non-human) body from a maker's perspective. The featured artists are Nazanin Karimi, Thomas Rustemeyer, and The Underground Division (Helen Pritchard, Femke Snelting en Jara Rocha).

In collaboration with architectural designer Thomas Rustemeyer, H&D developed a support structure which hosts the works of the invited artists. The structure reflects the ways in which H&D functions as a community, a network, and an infrastructure. Different local networks function as a resource library in the exhibition. Visitors can access the resources and research that went into each of the works by logging into the specific hotspots.

The public program will take place on and around the 'platform' that is at the center of the exhibition. Comprised of lectures, performances and workshops, the program will be hosted in (and broadcasted from) the exhibition space. Visitors are invited to ask questions about the inner workings, the ethics, and the socio-technological entanglements of technologies. The public program will also share the projects and initiatives that came into being during the HDSA Summer Academy 2020 'Network Imaginaries', where participants reflected on and reimagined distributed practices.

For more information about the exhibition see here
For more information about Hackday see here

Anja Groten is a member of collective Hackers & Designers.