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LAB KILL LAB—《forkonomy( )》Workshop OPEN CALL


forkonomy() by artist duo Lee Tzu Tung and Winnie Soon is one of the Forking PiraGene  projects for LAB KILL LAB taking place December 14-20, 2020 at C-lab. ( Forking Piragene takes an unrealized proposal on piragene and piraport from Shih-Chieh Ilya Li and Audrey Tang for Kingdom of Piracy in 2001 and invites hack generation artists to further expand on their concept to “…demonstrate an alternative "identity platform" for pirates, via Gene discrimination, Port multiplexing, and Cross-signed trust chains.”

This participatory art project forkonomy() takes South China Sea (Nan Hai) as a figurative and pirated object of study. Through this open call, we invite collaborators, who are interested in free open-source culture, geopolitics, identity politics, oceanography, artistic practice and activism, indigenous, queer and feminist studies, and beyond, to join us for a 5-hour workshop to rethink the politics of our contemporary economic and technical-cultural systems.

By posting an imaginative question: “how we might buy/own one milliliter of the ocean from the South China Sea”, we want to engage with commoning, and to reflect on the related questions of how to own it and in what forms? And if we collectively own this ocean, how should we operate, govern and maintain it?

By employing free and open-source software and decentralized protocols, we will set the participatory project as a commoning ship for people of the pacific who want to queer the matters of hierarchies, ownership, gendered labour division, infrastructure. Together we explore how forkonomy() shall sail the economy and autonomy into a queer ocean of freedom and the sea of the commonwealth.

Practical info:

The workshop consists of online and offline elements, exploring 1) the code of conduct to think about the conditions to maintain a queer economy; 2) code as law to think through transactions, ownerships and contractual terms; 3) code as the language to navigate questions/ideas and experience ocean mining and piracy via computational means.

Two workshops will be held on 19 December (Sat) and 20 December (Sun) from 14.00-19.00. We are currently looking for 20 collaborators in total and participate in one of the mentioned timeslots.

SUBMIT to join the workshop:

1.Send an email to [email protected] by 22 November 2020

2.Write a short paragraph describing your feelings/questions/imaginations/relations to the South China Sea.

3.Indicate which date (19 or 20 December) is feasible for you (it can be both and we can assign you to one of the dates)

Deadline: 22 November, 2020

INFORM by December 3, 2020


forkonomy() workshop is led by artists:

Lee Tzu Tung is a Taiwanese conceptual artist. Her/Zer works focus on how one can survive and regain autonomy through their identities, with a special focus on the hegemony of Chinese Sino-centrism, the trauma of modernity, and the current epistemological injustice. She/Ze experiments how art practice can test and decolonize the contemporary form of art, technology, and authorities. Tzu Tunng has participated in several political groups, and also organized Tinyverse co-op, building the network for transdisciplinary conversations. More:

Winnie Soon was born and raised in Hong Kong, increasingly aware of, and confronting, identity politics regarding its colonial legacy and postcolonial authoritarianism. As an artist-researcher, she/they is interested in queering the intersections of technical and artistic practices as a feminist praxis, with works appearing in museums, galleries, festivals, distributed networks, papers and books. Researching in the areas of software studies and computational practices, she/they is currently Assistant Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. More: