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Bodily Bureaucracies

13th December 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

BODILY BUREAUCRACIES – a Distraction Workshop

Organised by Open Systems Association and Autonomous Tech Fetish

Bodily Bureaucracies is collectively led workshop exploring the what happens to our bodies as they give out data, are affected by data, act through data and are stored as data in different systems.

First we will experiment with how data moves our bodies and our bodies move data. Then, we will look at materials brought by participants, and together develop methods to investigate the types of power exercised through the data.

Bring along your bureaucratic monster. It might be:

  • a housing benefits form
  • a calorie counting spreadsheet
  • your oyster record
  • a nursery accident report
  • your internet history
  • or something else!

The systems we engage with can relate to sensitive issues, so please only bring material that you are happy and comfortable sharing in a group setting.

This workshop is part of the OSA Distraction Clinic project, an ongoing investigation into technologies and practices concerning attention, bodies and power.

Common House is wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the toilet isn’t yet. Kids of all ages are welcome and are encouraged to bring forms or systems they are affected by.


Open Systems Association (OSA) is an allotment society for the critically curious and the technologically disaffected.

Autonomous Tech Fetish is part of Common House. They probe how technology is fetishised and work with activists to affirm their technological autonomy.


13th December 2014
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Autonomous Tech Fetish
bettycipher [-at-] yandex [-dot-] com


Common House
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