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We’ve always been antagonistic: algorithmic resistances and dissidences beyond the Global North

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  • Gabriel Pereira
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  • Bruno Moreschi, Universidade de Sao Paulo
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  • André Mintz, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
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  • Giselle Beiguelman, Universidade de Sao Paulo

In this article we suggest that otherwise unacknowledged histories of technological antagonism can help us (artists, activists, and researchers) to more deeply appreciate the foundations on which we develop activist resistances to contemporary computing. Departing from the case of Brazil, our goal is to bridge historical and contemporary perspectives by: (1) discussing the everyday practises of technological dissidence in the country, and how appropriation has been used to resist unequal power structures; (2) presenting how particular tactical ruptures in the history of art and media activism have sought to contaminate and re-envision networked technologies; (3) exploring the particular notions of algorithmic antagonism that two contemporary projects (PretaLab/Olabi and Silo/Caipiratech) advance, and how they relate to their historical counterparts. In sum, these different threads remind us that we’ve always been antagonistic, and that recognizing a longer genealogy of technological dissidences and ruptures can strengthen current practises against algorithmic oppressions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedia International Australia
Pages (from-to)124-138
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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    Research areas

  • algorithmic antagonism, art, Brazil, global south, media activism, resistance, tactical media, technological production

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