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Presented by

Nancy Mauro-Flude

with ゚iRD guest Rosa Menkman

2–4pm, Sunday 16 July 2023

Contemporary Art Tasmania

Free event. Register here. 

゚・*:.。..。.:*・゚Holistic Computing Conversation Circle゚・*:.。..。.:*・ is a space for artists to share their everyday computing rituals. These personal practices may encompass a range of activities, such as: Gaffa Taping our personal computer camera lens, idiosyncratic file naming conventions, chaotic archiving of personal data, and other miscellaneous forms of exchange with our devices, USBs, hard drives, networks, and environments. By increasing our awareness of these computing routines, we delve into the interconnected cycle of perception, experience, and language, which plays a crucial role in shaping our digital interactions within the ecosystems we inhabit. Through open discussions about our experiences, challenges, and aspirations, we explore the materiality of computing and gain insights into its ecological impact – for instance, the carbon footprint of sending an email.

Focusing on our vernacular computing rituals reveals the intricate relationship between real and fictional spaces we co-create with our computing devices. This conversation circle offers an introduction to auxiliary approaches and aesthetic insights into the politics of our habits – for example data storage and file formatting – and demystifies concepts like “The Cloud.” We think through how we may occupy these spaces otherwise, perhaps like a room in a bag of stars.

In this artist-centred reintroduction to computing arts, we contemplate how we navigate our personal computing infrastructure and our expectations around these conventions; the customs of sending and receiving an email, the provenance of hardware, file formats, directories/folders, the minerals and vessels we keep our data in and the space, and the lands these may occupy. Through our exploration, we will expand our understanding of digital infrastructure as a dance of computation, and discuss the challenges of preserving complex cultural heritage to nurture the counter-expertise for a more holistic, aesthetic and culturally informed relationship with digital technology.

゚iRD – Licensed by the institutions for Resolution of Disputes

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Participant requirements and expectations:

No in-depth knowledge of computing is required.

If you have a portable personal computer or mobile device and can bring it to the workshop, please do. We will not be staring at screens but we may need to refer to these devices at times.

To contribute to this conversation, bring your unique perspectives and insights to help create an enriching, thought-provoking discussion. Embracing ambiguity will assist this process.

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#Decloudify #DigitalRetox #Permacomputing #Tacticalmagick #ritual #communication #Holistic #ChannellingAgency #digitalcaretaking

Artist bios

Nancy Mauro-Flude is a performance artist and digital caretaker raised in lutruwita/Tasmania. She lectures in computing arts at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne and is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam. Her artistic research is driven by the demystification of technology and the ‘mystification’ that lies in and through the performance of the machinic assemblage. Her works have been commissioned for Ghetto Biennale, Port au Prince; ACCA Melbourne; Artspace, Critical Path; Sydney; Transmediale, Berlin; Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Tasmanian Museum of Art and Contemporary Art Tasmania. Recent essays include; The Thorny Conversation about Art and Economy (2023) Chicago; Computabilities Dancing (2023) MIT; Towards a Feminist Server Stack (2022) Codesign and Writing the Feminist Internet (2021) Continuum.  On the full-flower moon on 5.5.23, she was appointed CTO of Channel Agency vvvvvvvvvvvv.net. Nancy is represented by Bett Gallery.


Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist and researcher. Her work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media. These artifacts can offer precious insights into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardisation and resolution setting. As a compendium to this research, she published the Glitch Moment/um (inc, 2011), a little book on the exploitation and popularization of glitch artifacts. Menkman developed and highlighted the politics of resolution setting further in Beyond Resolution (i.R.D., 2020). In this book, she describes how the standardization of resolutions is a process that generally promotes efficiency, order and functionality in our technologies. But how as a side effect, the setting of resolutions also compromises and obfuscates alternative possibilities. In 2019 Menkman won the Collide, Arts at CERN Barcelona award, which inspired her recent research into what makes things im/possible – including im/possible images. Rosa aims to find new ways to understand, use and perceive through the use of, and interaction with, our technologies.

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