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Decentralizing The Web 003: Jennifer Moon + Alice Barker

The Mistake Room + Decentralizing The Web present
Jennifer Moon + Alice Barker in conversation on...

decentralized networks... magical thinking...(◕‿-)...cryptocurrency...digital security...(◠﹏⊙✿)...malicious hardware...benevolent viruses...hacking intimacy...the revolution....decolonizing desire...internet psychics (◡‿◕✿)

Followed by a tactical + tactile workshop on Scrooging 凸(¬‿¬)凸
All ages, no tech experience necessary

Decentralizing The Web 003 is a part of the public programming of Analog Currency at The Mistake Room, curated by Assistant Curator Hanna Girma.

FREE EVENT
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Analog Currency is a project that explores the social, political and economic transformations facilitated by the transition from analog to digital technologies and an interrogation of the long term consequences theres early applauded innovations had on the lives of historically marginalized people.

The group exhibition brings together the work of a host of international artists including Sophia Al Maria, John Houck, Michael Mandiberg, Miguel Monroy, Pratchaya Phinthong, Tabita Rezaire, Jimena Sarno, Daniel Schwarz, and Martine Syms.

The works included in the exhibition explore the re-materialization of the digital in conceptual and formal ways while interrogating the many structures that sustain it.

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Decentralizing The Web cultivates critical evaluations of online presence through an intersectional feminist lens. Panels aim to untangle the psycho-social implications of identity politics on the global web, examining the embedded biases driving dominant modes of representation in digital spaces.

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Alice Barker
(puppycodes) is a privacy advocate, information security expert, and software engineer. Alice runs the creative agency Jodie, located in Los Angeles. Jodie is partners with ZeroKit by Tresorit, who implement secure authentication and end-to-end encryption for Apple's CareKit framework. Alice is also a co-founder of the non-profit Support.fm, a platform providing a distributed, secure tool for friends, families, and allies to raise bail and bond money for trans and gender non-conforming (GNC) people. You can find Alice's open source projects on Github and her writing at puppy.codes.


Jennifer Moon
Within realities constructed by normative modes of representation, Jennifer Moon is a Los Angeles based artist, writer, adventurer, and revolutionary with the appropriate qualifying degrees. Within realities of the impossible, the unknown, and the unimaginable, Jennifer Moon is an android-like humanoid creature from the quantum realms of the multiverse committed to understanding human emotions and creating alternatives to the predetermined outcomes of art and life. Drawing from the extremely personal, blending a mix of political theory, science, self-help, popular culture, and fantasy, Moon presents possibilities of new futures and new ways of being that stimulate continuous expansion beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital that keep us contained within a 5% universe.

Operation Scrooge:
https://www.notion.so/Operation-Scrooge-f1d66018c5674d6f8b536192580b8f21

The Perfect Con is defined in the film, Brothers Bloom, as the following: "The perfect con is one where everyone involved gets just what they wanted." And this includes the target of the con. The Revolution further defines "just what they wanted" as desires beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital (because desires that are rooted in binaries, hierarchies, and capital are the desires of belief entities that have possessed the bodies and minds of humans to ultimately keep us trapped in the 5%). 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. 

The term scrooging and Operation Scrooge comes A Christmas Carol, the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

Operation Scrooge asks the question: How can we offer [target] freedom from their traumas and give them something they desire while also using their access to power and resources to hack oppressive systems to create a new world beyond the 5%?