Nancy Mauro-Flude's research is driven by the demystification of technology, and the ‘mystification’ that lie in and through the performance of the machinic assemblage. Gray magics, hijackings, driftings and seizures of power are the sensitive and subversive subterfuges by which she urges, twists and explores the aesthetic politic of the open source spirit. Systems experimentation form the basis of her work where the computer is approached as a theatre machine. Founder of Despoina’s Critical Media Coven home brewed since 2008 Tasmania. Currently coordinates HCI and Aesthetics studio, Digital Media, School of Design, RMIT University.
The internet super highway has melted. The electromagnetic spectrum is a critical resource. Avoid the roadkill! STEER OFF The DIGITAL HIGHWAY into the laaaag of lovingly handcrafted uncanny networks. Stretching the imagination of what a network is, and what it can be. Paying homage to the attunement of birds, digital literacy sewing circles, reconnoitring holistic computing hardware, alternative infrastructure, autonomous internet beacons. This is an invitation to think together with alternative net-affinities - How can we reconfigure and accept built-in delays, or construct different textures to online fidelity? Rather than a strictly technical definition that rests in the domain of the computer scientists, this talk explores how computational media culture maybe reappraised through an aesthetic lens, to wonder around the implications of cognitive radio and it's connection to Next-Gen Cellular/WiFi capacities and critical implications in the production of computational technology specifically through experiential prototyping with domestic materials such as vinegar and vodka (Goldsmith 2018). For those who want to be connected while choosing their own dependencies, how openness to a mixture of entities can be are deeply intertwined, the proposition probes at the edges of our complacency with our engagement with networking systems. By drawing attention to the apparatus, in order to provide a deeper understanding of the connections between policy and algorithmic industry in the arrangement of cultural concerns and apprehensions - This not only deeply informs just how malefic current conditions have become, but also envisions a more hopeful future trajectory - to re-think the mechanism - to be able to partially control and rewrite (or at least understand) technology that run the Internet, as a bespoke apparatus, as we live our lives and make meaning through and with it.