04.06.2005 23:00 | Technology
Technopolis will be at Buckingham Road off Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 1BP (map)
Three days of learning, discussion and games to explore new technologies of control and our resistance to them.
Welcome to the Machine!
The machine is all around us, omnipresent and omniscient. It's the camera on the street corner, the chip in your debit card and the number allotted to your child at birth. The machine is without and within. It's in the way we have been trained and domesticated since birth to fit into a mechanical world dictated by capital and the tick, tick, tick of its clock.
Those who want to increase control and domination over our lives have invented increasingly pervasive technologies. From biotech to nanotech, through RFID, gait analysis and new 'non lethal' weapons to aid crowd control: they are all further attempts to quantify and standardise our lives.
We see these 'new technologies of control' as part of a wider project of a new wave of enclosure by capital.
We are calling this gathering in order to discuss and analyse the implications of these new technologies of control, alongside potential responses of resistance that do not merely fall into playing out stock responses, and fulfilling the role of 'loyal opposition'.
[click on "read more" for the gathering's topics and how to find out its location]
Topics we hope to cover;
- Biometrics, RFID chips, gait analysis, etc.
- The GM battle and other struggles against encroaching technologies
- Architectures of control
- Prison technologies
- CCTV tour
- Psychologies of control
- Technology, capital and class
- Terminator technology
We will provide a fuller list of confirmed discussions / workshops on our website closer to the time.
Flyers and posters are available for download as PDFs on the website. There is also a reading list for those that want to become familiarized with the subjects and a discussion board so that people can contribute ideas for the gathering. PGP keys are also available.
Crash accommodation will be provided. All food will be by donation and be suitable for vegans.
LOCATION: somewhere in Leeds, June 9th - 12th 2005.
Location details to be announced.
Available from the web-site and on 07913 216260 from noon on Tues 7th June.