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micha cárdenas in Autonets dress designed by micha cárdenas and Ben Klunker
jovan-new-hoodie-3-crop Jovan Wolfe in Autonets hoodie designed by micha cárdenas and Ben Klunker 
Autonets: We Already Know and We Don’t Yet Know, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics VIII Encuentro, São Paulo, Brazil, January 2013, with Micha Cárdenas, Alessandra Renzi, Frantz Jerome, Benjamin Lundberg, Lily Mengesha, Aisha Jordan, Joana Fittipaldi and Tomaz Capobanco, photos by Macarena Gomez-BarrisFind Each Other :: Local Autonomy Networks at Zero1 Biennial in San Jose
micha cárdenas, Allison Wyper, Karen Anzoategui, Bianca Molina, Ezak Perez, Jovan Wolfe and Alison Reed, photo by Karl Baumann.
Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) is an artivist project focused on creating networks of communication to increase community autonomy and reduce violence against women, LGBTQI people, people of color and other groups who continue to survive violence on a daily basis. The networks are both online and offline, including handmade wearable electronic fashion and face to face agreements between people. Autonets considers how movement is a technology and how dance and performance can be used to develop networks for community based responses to violence. The project was started by micha cárdenas but expanded into an ecology of artists, hackers and activists.

Autonets includes a line of mesh networked electronic clothing with the goal of building autonomous local networks that don’t rely on corporate infrastructure to function, inspired by community based, anti-racist, prison abolitionist responses to gendered violence. The Autonets garments are still in prototype stage, yet when completed, they will be able to alert everyone in range of the the local mesh network who is wearing another Autonet garment that someone needs help and will indicate that person’s direction and distance.

Autonets workshops and performances have included trans and gender non-conforming people of color in LA, artists and students in São Paulo, sex workers in Toronto and queer youth of color in Detroit.

Read more about Autonets

Publications

From a Free Software Movement to a Free Safety Movement
Mute Magazine, 2013

Local Autonomy Networks: Post-Digital Networks, Post-Corporate Communications
Media-N Journal, 2013

Talks

Performance/Talk on Autonets and Wearable Electronics, InterAccess 30th Anniversary Mecha Kucha, Toronto, Ontario

Post Digital Media: From the Transreal to Decolonization
HUMlab, Umea University, Umea, Sweden, March 2014

Differential Mobilities Conference 2013 – Keynote Talk

Autonets: Post-Digital Networks, Post-Corporate Communications :: Keynote at the Center for 21st Century Studies

Events

2014

November 6-9, Los Angeles
American Studies Association Annual Meeting, “Feminist Making”

August 18, Toronto
What Carries Us Through the World, OCAD

April 24, Lima, Peru
HASTAC 2014, Hemispheric Hackitivsm

January 16, Toronto
InterAccess 30th Anniversary

2013

November 13, Toronto
Autonets Convergence Toronto

August 14, Berlin/Hamburg/Lüneberg
Autonets Berlin/Lüneberg – The Safe Itinerant
July 6-August, Germany
Artist in Residence, Post Media Lab

April 19 – July 21, Amsterdam
Transcreen: Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, art exhibition “Lost & Found Transgender Image Making”

July 2, Toronto
Autonets Workshop with Maggie’s

June 20-23, Detroit
Allied Media Conference
May 2-4, Milwaukee

Plenary, Dark Side of the Digital

May 8-13, Montreal, Quebec

Keynote, Differential Mobilities Conference 

May, Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Future Media

April 19, Los Angeles
Congress on Research in Dance

April 26, Lüneburg, Germany
Post Media Lab: Don’t Forget the Archives! Symposium

 

Feb 13-16, New York

College Art Association

January 11-20, São Paulo, Brazil

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics VIII Encuentro, performance and workshop

January 29 – Feb 2, Berlin

Transmediale BWPWAP

2012
April 6, Los Angeles
Trans-Anarchism: A Night of Trans Performance, Highways Performance Space
May 9-11, Los Angeles, CA
iMapening at USC
June 8, Irvine, CA
Punk Ass Queers
June 28, Detroit, MI
Allied Media Conference Opening Ceremony
July 14, New York, NY
Hackers on Planet Earth
July 21, Los Angeles, CA
Hot and Bothered, by CUCCI LA
August 11, Riverside, CA
Ladyfest IE
September 14, San Jose
ZERO1 Biennial

November 8, San Francisco
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival

 

November 10-14, Montreal, QC
HTMlles Feminist New Media Festival
November 15, New York City
MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival

November 15-18, San Juan, Puerto Rico
American Studies Association Annual Meeting

November 22-24, Lüneberg, Germany
Transmediale PhD Research Conference