Thu, Jan 16, 2020 7 pm, Goethe-Institut New Delhi, India
With Urvashi Aneja, Sarah Sharma, Felix Stalder

India is one of the largest “digital economies”. Confronted with state and corporate control of digital infrastructures, it is seeing an abundance of “gig work” (temporary employment) and platform-based economies that promise new opportunities for entrepreneurship and labor. Meanwhile, AI based solutions are already being tested to replace human interaction and labor for repetitive and predictable work across industries. Over a billion identities in India are digitized today and over a 100 million amongst these participate in digital economies as consumers every day, with the government's vocal intentions to bridge this disparity with socio-technical imaginaries of urgent last mile connectivity. However, technology based solutions still have mostly reestablished and expanded existing inequities and power relations of capital, gender and human exceptionalism. Instead of offering accountability, accessibility and opportunity, these socio-technical imaginaries act as tools for resource and customer acquisition for power and capital. As countries and economies accelerate further and compete to become attractive global marketplaces, they leave key ethical, social and ecological concerns behind. How do we encode and inscribe sustainability, ethics and care within our techno-social relations and digitopian imaginaries of the future? What role can governance and citizens play in enabling these imaginaries?

Public Program co-curated by Rahul Gudipudi
In cooperation with Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi

Fri, Jan 17, 2020 10 am — 7 pm
The Common Room Foundation, New Delhi, India

Workshops convened by Loren Britton, Isabel Paehr and Jörn Röder; and by Fabian Hesse and Mitra Wakil.

The New Alphabet School is a collaborative format for artistic, curatorial, poetic and activist research practices. Over the course of two years and in eleven editions, the School will open up a space for research going beyond academic and disciplinary boundaries. Workshop participants become a part of the New Alphabet School and are invited to contribute to the programming of all subsequent editions.

For edition #3, two workshops will investigate the coded and algorithmic knowledge inherent in networking structures and data sets and explore the possibilities of re-mapping or un-training existing data-body relations.

In cooperation with The Common Room Foundation