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The term bureaucracksy combines the French word bureau – desk or office – and the Greek word κράτος (kratos) – rule or political power – with the Old English cracian – to make an explosive noise.

The work session Bureaucracksy brought together artivist practices around the imaginative re-appropriations of rules and regulations. Bureaucracksy took place between 7 and 12 December 2020. This work-session investigated the governance of techno-social systems through the prism of bureaucracy. The execution of rules is an essential element of computation, of digital infrastructures, and of the societies that they operate with. Critical practices of listing, naming, filtering, tool making, care and sharing require that some books are kept. Initiatives around Free/libre, Open Source software for example insist on producing transparent procedures and thereby contribute to the creation of commoning structures, collective resources and addressing the Conducts of Code. This session was held online and in a distributed manner. Although the session was supposed to take place in Hacktiris, the shared workplace that Constant and many other artists and cultural organisations use in the center of Brussels, this turned out to be impossible due to the still very present anti Covid19 measurements.

Invitation

Articles on Constant website
Open Call

Redistributed participants bureaucratic documents
Redistributed participants bureaucratic documents
Seeds shared by Melt with participants
Seeds shared by Melt with participants

Input Moments

The first days were used to collectively exchange and work with a set of Input moments. These moments nourished reflection on how paperwork can generate beneficis from several perspectives.

INTRO

Intro script

EPISODE 1

Episode 1 script

EPISODE 2

Episode 2 script

EPISODE 3

Episode 3 script

EPISODE 4

Episode 4 script

Networked Ouija boarding
Networked Ouija boarding
Homemade European TV-dinner lunch
Homemade European TV-dinner lunch
Tracing arms trade
Tracing arms trade

Participants

An Mertens, Brendan Howell, Caterina M, Dia Hamed, Elodie Mugrefya, Manufactura Independente (Ana Isabel Carvalho + Ricardo Lafuente), Donatella Portoghese, Eric Snodgrass, Federico Pozzoni, Femke Snelting, Francis Hunger, Hans Lammerant, Jonathan McHugh, Kate Rich, Loup Cellard, Lucia Palladino, Meltionary (Loren Britton + Isabel Paehr), Muslin Bros (Tamar Levit + Yaen Levi), Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (Chris Dreier + Gary Farrelly), Peter Hermans, Peter Westenberg, Rares Craiut, Richard Wheeler, Sarrita Hunn, Simon Browne, Wendy Van Wynsberghe.

Feral budgetting
Feral budgetting
Feral budgetting donor sheet
Feral budgetting donor sheet
Sharing table making practices
Sharing table making practices

Programme

Memoreads

Participants Manufactura Independente made a system that walked through the daily activities that had taken place and fed an edited memory back to the worksession participants. Memoreads presents snippets, scraps and fragments in a poetic ‘derive’.

Interface to Memoreads
Interface to Memoreads

Bureaucracksicon

The Bureaucracksicon is at the same time a Bureaucracktic lexicon, a list of words that are relevant to the worksession, and a reader, listing texts and mediafiles about the topic.

A Big Bureaucracksy Blue Button meeting
A Big Bureaucracksy Blue Button meeting
Another BBB meet
Another BBB meet
Collective BBB scribbling
Collective BBB scribbling

Colophon

License (unless otherwise noted): Free Arts License http://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en/