TECHNOIA expresses (un)certain paranoia towards the ever-updating and ever-redundant electronic technology. Consumer electronic gadgets carry a factory slated pre-defined expiration date as part of the corporate scheme of planned obsolescence. Parallel to the hi-tech product development, we find in media art the existence of DIY (Do it yourself) and DIWO (Do it with others) communities who sniff and snap the electronic trash for recycling, creating their own versions of chiputers and boards. Open source minded, they share resources, code and knowledge.
TECHNOIA proposes a collective hack work-station from trans-techno-feminist perspectives led by Constanza Piña (Chile/Mexico) who has been organizing Cyborgrrrls Encuentro Tecnofeminista (CET) in South America since 2017. “The Cyborgrrrls Technofeminist encounter is a critical, hackfeminist, technoanarchist and cyber-libertarian party held to debunk the stereotyped notions of technology, aesthetic and genders. A space to share ideas and affections, to reprogram technologies, hack the body and conspire strategies of technical disobedience, by means of cyber-witchcraft and electromagnetic conjurations. The main intention of this meeting is to meet and share ideas collectively in an environment of complicity, sorority and love, hacking together, celebrating our bodies and imagining technologies for enjoyment, pleasure, creation and subversion, and thus build new spaces for coexistence designed from feminist speculation.” writes Constanza Piña for the CET’s programming notes.
TECHNOIA invites Yen Tzu Chang (張晏慈) who makes DIY/handmade/Arduino music instruments and Hai Ting Liao (廖海廷) who established the printed noise lab to join Constanza Piña in conducting two workshops – (1) Technologies of sensuality, sensoriality and corporality (2) Fuck the soundcheck: Against sexist violence in the sound test. Dedicated to women and gender queers, TECHNOIA seeks women and technology working groups in Taiwan to join and calls for workshop participants to find co-habitable spaces and new tools in their technocultural practices.