Archive, Mesh & Spore: Speculative Infrastructures for An Abolitionist Future

Presented by Elae [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson] / The Operating System & Liminal Lab

 A Conversation & Somatic Exploration with Liminal Lab

 “Archive, Mesh and Spore” explores the systems thinking behind the Operating System & Liminal Lab’s sustainable infrastructure model for Open Source / Open Access anti-hierarchical documentation, archiving, dissemination and peer-to-peer learning. Thinking across not only structural forms for organizing, and exploring alternative modes of value creation, but also speaking to an embodied understanding of the polyphonic, intersubjective, anarchist intelligences of the body in relationship to biome, this session offers both pragmatic illustrations of these strategies in action as well as somatic / embodied invitation to seed these models of operation, beginning in our own lived systems.

ELÆ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson] is a multimodal creative practitioner, curator, cultural scholar and educator. Their work employs text, installation, sound design, performance, digital tech and speculative theory in addressing the somatic, ontological intersections between persons, forms of language, and systems, focused on the study of resilient, open source strategies for ecological and social change. Recent projects and features include How to Human: Resistance Protocols as part of Performing Knowledge at the Segal Center, the Speculative Resilience Radical Practice Library & Lab for the Anarchist Bookfair/Bushwick Open Studios, Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival, and a field lab installation for Ars Electronica / STWST.  Publications include Vestiges,Big Echo, Matters of Feminist Practice, The Transgender Narratives Anthology, Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, and many more. Books include Ground, Blood Altas, Overview Effect, Sweet and Low: Indefinite Singular, Boddy Oddy Oddy (a collaborative project with painter Georgia Elrod), and The Precarity Bodyhacking Work-Book and Guide, with Cory Tamler and Storm Budwig. In addition to teaching at Pratt Institute, Elæ is Founder/Creative Director of The Operating System / Liminal Lab, and R&D for the Brooklyn node of the Mycelium Network Society. a door via IG @thetroublewithbartleby