The Largest Experiment In Anarchy We Never Had

A practical workshop reflecting on the relation between the infrastructure, the protocols and the narratives of the internet.

"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had."
Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, 1997

The quote above is exemplary of a widely circulated narrative that came along with the development of the internet and has remained similar throughout the years. The point of departure for this workshop is to look at the appearance of that narrative from historical, technical and political perspectives. The hands-on workshop will allow the participants to experience and understand how information is routed across the network of networks, in order to relate and compare the ideological narratives of the Internet with its day-to-day functioning. This will help to ground certain questions which otherwise seem technical and inaccessible into our everyday relation to technology.

This workshop is explicitly intended for people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. An interest in understanding the internet as a political actor in today's world is the only requirement. Please make sure to bring a laptop.
Practical info
The workshop will take place on the 28th of October in from 11:00 - 15:00 at Onomatopee (Willemstraat 27, 5611 HB, Eindhoven). The workshop is free but only limited spots are available, so please register here.

More info

About the workshop hosts
Martino Morandi graduated in Graphic Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He researches at the intersections of technology, politics and art. He is interested in the material conditions of technologies and their genealogies.

Roel Roscam Abbing graduated in Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute. He is an artist and researcher interested in network infrastructure, the politics of technology, and do-it-yourself methodologies.

Together they collaborate on a research project on X.25. This workshop is one of the outcomes of that research.
About their research
In the early days of the computer networking before the Internet's appearance as a global hegemonic network, different designs were pitched against one another to stress how they represented differences of opinion of networking at a technical, a social and political level.

In the research on the X.25 protocol – the most used protocol for computer networks in the eighties – and its legacy are treated as a device to open up new histories and critical understandings of ‘internetworking’. In doing so, Morandi and Roscam Abbing critically question the assumptions influencing our understanding of the Net.
About the event
Working document

This workshop is made with the support of the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and is part of the programme of In No Particular Order during the Dutch Design Week 2016