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Workshop: Under the viral shadow – NETworkshop at Art Laboratory Berlin

Text by CLOT Magazine

From 1 to 3 October, Art Laboratory Berlin is presenting their workshop Under the viral shadow — NETworkshop as a part of the exhibition project Under the Viral Shadow. Networks in the Age of Technoscience and Infection, a programme that includes a group exhibition, a symposium and workshops with artists whose research and media are either in the life or computer sciences. The focus is on artistic projects that critically explore biological networks, digital networks, and social networks under the pressure of new technologies.

Led by American media artist and educator Sarah Grant and critical engineer Danja Vasiliev, in this 3-day version of the popular NETworkshop intensive, participants learn low-level networking using only command-line tools and network hardware. In doing so, they not only grasp how to create and manipulate computer networks but how they can be used to manipulate us. By learning about routing, addressing, core protocols, network topologies, packet capture, and dissection, students become dexterous and empowered users of computer networks. Complete documentation and software are provided.

Danja Vasiliev studies systems and networks through anti-disciplinary experimentation with hardware, firmware and software. Using computational platforms, Vasiliev engages in the examination and exploitation of System and Network paradigms in both the physical and digital realms, network insecurity, software/OS modification, hardware re-engineering, digital forensics and other technology-related subjects. At the same time, Sarah Grant’s practice engages with the electromagnetic spectrum and telecommunication networks as artistic material, social habitat, and political landscape.

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