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) 25/06 2015  10:00 - 18:00

We Await Silent Tristero’s Empire*

Paul Feigelfeld


The workshop explores unstable infrastructures and alternative networks throughout history. Technological protocols and power structures, trade routes from the original Silk Road to the Darknet, ubiquitous computing and sensory environments, early postal systems between Thurn & Taxis and the Butchers’ Post, Jesuit information networks, but also the networks of signifiers and mathemes that constitute them: graph theory, topology, and knots.

The morning and early afternoon sessions will be accompanied by some readings. The workshop closes with a hands-on crypto workshop (bring your laptops and phones).