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) 04/07 2016  21:00 @ UdK garden

Sky Traffic

Deborah Ligorio and Stefan Heidenreich


Throughout the centuries, from Aristotle to Copernicus, Galilei to Kepler, right up until to today’s astronomers’ photographic mapping, the universe continuously expands. At the same time our view is constantly redefined with the increasing availability of ever-higher resolution lenses. It is a “denatured vision”, writes Joseph Vogl.

This workhop consists of two parts: It starts with a 20 minutes long CosmoMeditation guided by artist Deborah Ligorio, using breathing and imagination techniques to follow rhythms, routines and rotations of bodily orbits and planetary flows through a focus on the apparatuses that measure them.

The meditation will be followed by a pop-up observatory session. Writer and media theorist Stefan Heidenreich will give an introduction into heavenly matters, including human and nonhuman satellites, with friendly support from ’Heavens Above.

Please bring a blanket.