Autonomous Tech Fetish (ATF) is an open space for gathering, sharing and making. ATF runs a monthly Make & Do club and hosts artists and technologist workshops that look at topics such as encryption, biometrics and health policy through making, embodied learning and open discussion.
The Make & Do club is a collective educational space where we can share knowledge and develop radical, practical, feminist, and fun counter practices to respond to fast developing technological change. We 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 and a colour laser 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.