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) 15/11 2016  10:00-13:00 @ Raum 115

Network Geometry



Berlin-based design and research collective PWR will map out convoluted, cryptic network geometries starting from a number of poetic figures: The Secret Enclave, TrustZone, Fog Computing, Mist, Ether, Cloud, Urbit Ships, The Great Firewall, Proof-of-Location.

For the second part of the session we propose to look at current standards for network topology icons (eg. cisco) and together sketch out additions – other roles and constellatons that are not taken into account.