The Research Center for Proxy Politics aims to explore and reflect upon the nature of medial networks and their actors, that is, machines and things as well as humans. The proxy, a decoy or surrogate, is today often used to designate a computer server acting as an intermediary for requests from clients. Originating in the Latin procurator, an agent representing others in a court of law, proxies are now emblematic of a post-representational political age, one increasingly populated by bot militias, puppet states, ghostwriters, and communication relays. During the period of the project (September 2014 to August 2017) the center will host a series of workshops at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, revolving around a wide range of relevant topics including the politics of digital networks, the political economy of crypto-currencies, the genealogy of networked thought, the mediality of physical landscapes and strategies of opacity. The center will also conduct material, experimental, investigations into the conception and construction of alternative networks, or alternets.

(Workshop) 22/06 2016  14:00 – 18:00 @ Raum 115

DIY Mesh Networks

Philipp Borgers and Mathias Jud

More and more people are single-handedly installing and maintaining free networks. Every user in the wireless community network provides his or her wireless LAN router for data transfer to other participants. In return, he or she can also transmit data, such as text, music and movies through a free network or use services setup by participants to chat, call or play online games!
The workshop will give an insight into important topics of wireless community networks such as the right to information and technical aspects of mesh networks. We will explore the cultural, social, political and artistic importance of these projects.