micha cárdenas in Autonets dress designed by micha cárdenas and Ben Klunker 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.
From a Free Software Movement to a Free Safety Movement
Local Autonomy Networks: Post-Digital Networks, Post-Corporate Communications
November 6-9, Los Angeles
August 18, Toronto
April 24, Lima, Peru
January 16, Toronto
November 13, Toronto
April 19 – July 21, Amsterdam
July 2, Toronto
June 20-23, Detroit
May 8-13, Montreal, Quebec
May, Detroit, Michigan
April 19, Los Angeles
April 26, Lüneburg, Germany
Feb 13-16, New York
January 11-20, São Paulo, Brazil
January 29 – Feb 2, Berlin
November 8, San Francisco
November 15-18, San Juan, Puerto Rico
November 22-24, Lüneberg, Germany