Autonomous Tech Fetish (ATF) is an open space for gathering, sharing and making. We explore how digital technology is fetishised and how we can respond – to defetishise it or refetishise into new forms, new configurations that serve our needs and desires. In this way, we can question why technology has been made a certain way? Who has it been made for, and who has been excluded? How does or can it restructure our bodies, minds, desires?
As part of the Common House, ATF is looking to work with different groups to affirm the technological autonomy of political activism, helping it overcome surveillance and control. Beyond this, we are committed to co-education, creating spaces where pitfalls and hidden potentials of technologies can be explored without assumptions, to play with the innards of the physical and abstract machines that surround us.
Autonomous Tech Fetish has set up a number of PCs in the Common House for the use of all. They have internet and are set up with Linux Mint and a range of free and open source software. Please don’t be intimidated if you are a Windows or Mac user – many of the programs work in a very similar way to their commercial equivalents, so the learning curve will be small.
>>details of what is on each machine
Open Sessions and workshops
We are going to be running open sessions and workshops every month for people to drop in – we’d be very happy to introduce you to the machines, or have other conversations about how we can work together. They run on the second Saturday of every month – a full listing of everything that’s coming up is below.
>>forthcoming ATF events
We’ll be maintaining and developing a wiki to accompany the tech space and other activity. It’s a work in progress so please excuse the mess!
>>Autonomous Tech Fetish wiki