It is the assignment of the Darmstadt delegation to explore the techno-political and socio-emotional relationships between activist practice and tools. Currently active delegates are Femke Snelting (ConstantVZW, Belgium), Jara Rocha (GReDiTS/Objetologias, Bau School of Design, Spain), Miriyam Aouragh (University of Westminister) and Seda Gurses (NYU). Seda Gurses will be present at the DL14 to present their research.
On the Division of Labor and Practices of Delegation in Times of Mediated Politics and Politicized Technologies
During particular historical junctures, characterized by crisis, deepening exploitation and popular revolt, referred to here as “sneaky moments”, hegemonic hierarchies are simultaneously challenged and reinvented, and in case of the latter in due course subtly reproduced. The current divide between those engaged in politics of technology and those participating in struggles of social justice requires reflection in this context. There are tangible divergences in the daily practice of these two traditions in activism, however, these are not only due to philosophical or political differences. They are also related to the ways in which specialization of work and scarcity of resources leads to a division of labor that often expresses itself across existing fault-lines of race, gender, class and age. Of specific interest to us is the way in which the re-occurring delegation of technological matters to “techies” or “technological platforms”, and the corresponding flattening of politics in the process of developing autonomous technical tools and platforms, exacerbate this problem. Assuming that these moments in which collectives fall back on hegemonic divisions of labor are part and parcel of the divergence between technology politics and social justice politics, we want to ask: are these divisions of labor inevitable?