WORKSHOPS LEAD BY DELTA_ARK
ALTERNATIVE DESIGN CRIT
The Alternative Design Crit is a group for designers of various stripes that are doing non-corporate design, i.g. interrogative design, speculative design, non-profit design, etc. The bay area has a solid scene for design in the technology world, but not for intellectual design that is thinking/creating outside of the box of the commercial market. This group is a critique for people who are making unusual objects, websites, furniture, etc. who need a place to provide feedback.
DIGITAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE GROUP
The Digital Landscape Architecture Group is a group for landscape architects and computer scientists to come together to think about how new sensing technologies remake the capabilities of landscape architecture. We focus our meetings around a series of readings from the book “Responsive Landscapes.” We provide the opportunity for people to talk about their projects, and how they are thinking through the ways that mapping GIS, machine learning, etc. intersects with the natural landscape, nature landscape management and design.
The studio has an active discord community where continual discussions take place about: plural/social futurism, solarpunk, solidarity economy, poetry, natural language processing, aesthetics, games, design, new media and sailing.
NEW MEDIA CRITIQUE
The New Media Critique at B4BEL4B brings together diverse practitioners in art, technology and new media order to critically engage each other's projects and important issues in the field. The group deliberately attempts to negotiate with various forms of diversity and difference (class, race, gender, ability, etc.). The group directly addresses the fault lines of the urban/rural, socio/cultural, political/purely aesthetic, raw/trained and work/system. In this space, people explore: Video, Algorithmic Art, Robotics, AR, VR, XR, Installation, Sculpture, Software, Hardware, Architecture, Internet/Net Art, Critical Design, Performance, Sound Art, Bio-Art, Eco-Art, and the cross-pollination of these fields.
TECHNOLOGY/ECOLOGY WRITER’S WORKSHOP
The Technology/Ecology Writer's Workshop at B4BEL4B hosts writers that write 'about' technology/ecology and/or writers that 'use' technology and/or ecology in order to render their texts. Writers have been poets, journalists, novelists and academics who have critically engaged with landscape and/or technology, exploring themes like utopia/dystopia, surveillance, bio-technology, eviction and displacement, 4th industrial revolution, urban/rural divide, climate change, decolonization, etc. Writers have created bots, used natural language processing, machine-learning, hi-jacked google translate, followed the migration paths of animals, done analysis on population genetics, gone on scientific voyages, etc. The workshop is a territory for both thematic and formal exploration of the interconnections between the land and technology.