DECENTRALIIZNG THE WEB

CO-CURATED BY SYMRIN CHAWLA + AMANDA STOJANOV

WITH SUPPORT FROM UCLA + VOIDLAB

DTW is a grant-funded public programming series that was created in response to inequality in internet culture and a curiosity in understanding our collective and individual identities in this dynamic landscape. Each conversation aims to untangle the psycho-social implications of identity on the global web, looking at the embedded biases that determine dominant narratives in representation and knowledge production online.

 

 

 

Jennifer Moon

Artist

Alice Barker 

Information Security Advocate

 

Workshop by Echo Theohar & Chelly Lin

 

CURATED BY SYMRIN CHAWLA & AMANDA STOJANOV

THE MISTAKE ROOM, LOS ANGELES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Comilang

director

Nerve Macaspac

 phD UCLA + Echo Park Film Center

 

CURATED BY SYMRIN CHAWLA , AMANDA STOJANOV

& WILL DAVIS

BROAD ART CENTER, UCLA 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aria Dean

Rhizome 

Chelsea Jones + Eva Sealove

@lookatthispussy 

Dorothy Howard

Arachne + UCSD Phd student 

Jasmine Nyende 

FUPU 

Kristin Cornelius

UCLA Information Science PhD candidate 

 

Moderated by Symrin Chawla & Nico Le

CURATED BY SYMRIN CHAWLA & AMANDA STOJANOV

BROAD ART CENTER, UCLA 

 

 

 

PANEL 003 : OPERATION SCROOGE

Jennifer Moon and Alice Barker examine the psychosocial nature of cybersecurity - the entanglement of emotion, intuition and manipulation inherent in even the most benevolent con. 


A discussion on the prospects of resistance and decolonization through the use of decentralized networks, digital currencies and tactile approaches to hacking will be followed by a workshop on Scrooging : a form of conning coined by Jennifer Moon and inspired by the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge. 

A significant portion of a Scrooging mission involves in depth recon to determine what the target truly desires beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital. Often it is some form of love. Attendees are encouraged to bring a computer or smartphone. 

Operation Scrooge will be followed by a short how-to on the basics of cybersecurity and encryption run by Echo Theohar and Chelly Jin of voidLab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCREENING 002 : LUMAPIT SA AKIN, PARAISO

Come To Me, Paradise a screening and artist talk on female domestic labor, gendered migration and science fiction. 

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso is a science fiction documentary by Stephanie Comilang that uses the backdrop of Hong Kong and the various ways in which the Filipina migrant worker occupies Central on Sundays. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso, a ghost played by a drone who speaks of the isolation from being uprooted and thrown into a new place. Paraiso’s reprieve comes when she is finally able to interact with the women and feel her purpose, which is to transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home. During the week she is forced back into isolation and is left in an existential rut. 

The film uses Hong Kong’s dystopian maze like structures that the Filipina migrants reimagine and focuses on the beauty of care-giving but also explores how technology is used as a pivotal way for the women to connect - to each other but also to loved ones. Raising questions around modern isolation, economic migration, and the role of public space in both urban and digital forms, the film transcends its various component parts to offer a startling commentary on the present, from the point of view of the future. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PANEL 001 : DECENTRALIZING THE GAZE

voidLab presents a round table on pornography, online autobiographies and the ethics of live cam labor, asking - has the internet been successful in decentralizing the gaze?