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Autonets Convergence Chicago – February 13, CAA


I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be continuing my Autonets hackathons with an event at the 2014 College Art Association conference in Chicago! I’m still looking for community partners, and hoping to focus on ways of using technology to end violence against queer and trans people of color, indigenous people, youth and sex workers. Leave a comment on to contact me if you are in Chicago and want to help make this conversation happen!


Time: 2/13/2014, 2:00 PM—5:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Joliet Room (Map)

Organized by micha cárdenas, Provost Fellow and PhD Student, University of Southern California, Media Arts and Practice

Presentations by:

Shira Hassan of the Young Women’s Empowerment Project
Kxra of the Empowermentors Collective and the Free Culture Foundation

Autonets Convergence Chicago brings together hackers, anti-racist coders, gender hackers, gender changers, dancers, movement makers, poets, performers, media makers, anti-violence, transformative justice and prison abolitionist activists in a space to share their knowledge and their skills in order to help stop violence against queer and trans* people, people of color, disabled people, two-spirit people, sex workers and women. Join us for this jam session/hackathon for anti-violence organizers and tech makers that starts from the idea that prisons and police are a form of violence and seeks to develop affordable ways of using technology to build community based responses to violence.

This program is a part of UncommonCommons, an incubator for skills and knowledge-sharing in Media Lounge that responds to the themes of the commons and “communing.”UncommonCommons takes the form of series of workshops, film and video screenings, public discussions, and provocations by a range of international artists, filmmakers, activists, art critics, curators, community researchers, educators, lawyers, and ethnographers.

UncommonCommons was conceived by Jenny Marketou, an interdisciplinary artist , media researcher, and activist based in New York City. Media Lounge workshops are organized by Jenny Marketou with the assistance of media researcher and producer Nathanael Bassett, Parsons The New School. Video programs are curated by Jenny Marketou and Abina Manning, director of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Venue is wheelchair accessible
Do not wear chemical scents to this event (more on scent free accessibility)
Please rsvp for ASL at email address in graphic or by leaving a comment on this post.


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