Cryptomeditation

 

Workshop devised in collaboration with Fiona Chambers

Delivered at Platform Arts in March 2015, and at the Designs on E-Learning Conference at UAL, September 2015.

The Cryptomeditation is a workshop for the mind, body, and device in which artists Aideen Doran and Fiona Chambers  introduce a series of strategies for living in the network world. CryptoMeditation addresses how our everyday engagement with technology is increasingly an embodied experience, as computing hardware has become smaller, fitting into the palm of the hand or worn on the wrist, and software interfaces become increasingly invisible to the user. Technologies are becoming naturalised as benevolent, non-human factotums, familiar spirits. At the same time we have never been so surveilled, all of our most intimate data available to be tracked by both governmental and corporate powers. The artists invite participants to take control of their online self, disconnect from their smartphone, and reconnect to their bodies.

The workshop moves between mindful meditation exercises and CryptoParty: a DIY movement of self-organised groups who meet to teach each other the basics of encryption in free public workshops.