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Finally, the detailed program of the event is online.

Together with it we present a reader collecting the texts submitted by the participants of the event.

Apart from the sessions mentioned - and for everyone who missed the deadline, but still wants to contribute something - there are also the self-organised sessions. During the event a physical board with the timetable of all sessions (programmed or self-organized) will be set up in the garden, refer to that as the up-to-date schedule for the day.

For practical information like how to get to Interference and so on, please check the wiki.

Interference benefit at Joe's Garage

As we are preparing the infrastructure for Interference, we need a fair bit of moneyz up-front. Next to asking you for donations, we thought it would be nice to share dinner with you and are therefore organising a benefit voku/meal at Joe's garage on the 4th of August.

So come by on the 4th at 19:00 and onwards to enjoy some of our nice food, give us some cash, drink some refreshing beers, and have a chat.

To summarise:
  Benefit at Joe's Garage
  Date: 4th of August 2014
  Time: 19:00
  Address: Pretoriusstraat 43, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  Cost: > 4

See you at Joe's!

Preliminary program

Interference is happy to announce that the preliminary program is online and can be found here. This is program release v0.1alpha, expect several updates in the upcoming weeks.

Apart from the sessions mentioned in the program - and for everyone who missed the deadline, but still wants to contribute something - there are also the self-organised sessions.

You are cordially invited to come interfere with us. If you plan to do so, please register and don't forget to donate.. thanks!

The anti-program

We know, we promised to present an exciting and eclectic program by the end of the month. We lied. The proposals we received are both exciting and eclectic, but the program is still a work in progress, so you will have to bear with us. In the meantime we don't want to withhold from you a handful of sessions we can confirm at this moment:

  • Tincuta Heinzel and Lasse Scherffig will set up their radio-based sound installation "Signal to Noise", dealing with the concreteness of ideological discourses and imaginary of the "Other". A volatile acoustic space is created in which two concurring voices and ideologies compete by broadcasting on the same frequency.
  • Johan Söderberg will present us with a reflection on the limitations of instituted, sovereign power by means of a comparison between hackers and psychonauts. Both assert their autonomy vis-à-vis the State through the no-mans-land of the ever-evasive near future. Yet this legal greyzone is concurrently being turned into an incubator for corporate innovation.
  • Strike Now Collective will show and discuss their tool Universal Automation, an hacktivist intervention against the destruction of the social safety net in the UK referred to as the austerity programme, and the use of digital technologies by the government to enact it. The project challenges the prevailing work ethics and discusses how digital automation is used to immiserate people.
  • Visy and Viznut from the demogroup Pers' Wastaiset Produktiot will screen some of their work and share their insights - gained through coding on archaic systems - in the chaotic, uncontrollable, and profoundly non-modular areas of the possibility space within computing.
  • The people from Critisticuffs will host a workshop in which the notion of free software as a critique of capitalism is challenged. The argument that information wants to be free as these "goods" can be copied almost infinitely often begs the question: what is it about material wealth that makes it right, without alternative even, to treat it as private property?

Apart from those, you can expect a wide range of talks, workshops, performances and discussions. It would be impossible to summarize them adequately, but topics will include human-machine interfacing, liquid surveillance, cryptocoins, and many others.

If that has triggered your curiosity and you are planning to attend, please register and keep an eye on this site for further updates.

On the relativity of time and deadlines

It's June 16th, so the deadline for the call for papers is officially over. We would like to thank everyone who sent in their proposal and we are looking forward to present an exciting and eclectic program by the end of the month.
For those who are late, but still wish to interfere with the event, we have good news. Apart from welcoming spontaneous action during the event itself and providing plentiful space for self-organised sessions - updates on that will follow soon - we will anachronistically be accepting proposals until the program is ready. This leaves us with the following propositions:

  • d: The deadline has passed
  • p: Proposals are accepted
  • y: You should mail your proposal to interference [at]

Given ¬p ↔ d, p we may conclude ¬d
Given ¬d, d we may conclude y

Hence, you should mail your proposal to interference [at] QED.

Call for Papers

Interference, n:

  1. preventing (a process or activity) from continuing or being carried out properly.
  2. the combination of two or more electromagnetic waveforms to form a resultant wave in which the displacement is either reinforced or cancelled.

Interference is a gathering of people, perspectives, theories, and actions that share a critical approach to society and technology. It will take place at the Binnenpret in Amsterdam, NL from 15th to the 17th of August 2014. It will be a space where we can meet, debate, share, learn, and find our affinities and oppositions. The event comes as a response to the lack of a common ground for confrontation and discussion over themes like hacking, technology, art and politics that could break out of the existing containers and roles for such concepts and practices.

Interference is not a hacker conference. From a threat to the so-called national security, hacking has become an instrument for reinforcing the status quo. Fed up with yet another recuperation, the aim is to re/contextualize hacking as a conflictual praxis and release it from its technofetishist boundaries. Bypassing the cultural filters, Interference wants to take the technical expertise of the hacking scene out of its isolation to place it within the broader perspective of the societal structures it shapes and is part of.

Interference tries not to define itself. Interference challenges hacker's identity, the internal dynamics of hackerculture and its ethical values. It undermines given identities and rejects given definitions. Interference is a hacking event from an anarchist perspective: it doesn't seek for uniformity on the level of skills or interests, but rather focuses on a shared basis of intuitive resistance and critical attitude towards the techno-social apparatus.

Interference is three days of exploring modes of combining theory and practice, breaking and (re)inventing systems and networks, and playing with the art and politics of everyday life. Topics may or may not include philosophy of technology, spectacle, communication guerrilla, temporary autonomous zones, cybernetics, bureaucratic exploits, the illusions of liberating technologies, speculative software, the creative capitalism joke, the maker society and its enemies, hidden- & self- censorship, and the refusal of the binarity of gender, life, and logic.

Interference welcomes discordians, intervention artists, artificial lifeforms, digital alchemists, oppressed droids, luddite hackers and critical engineers to diverge from the existent, dance with fire-spitting robots, hack the urban environment, break locks, perform ternary voodoo, decentralise and disconnect networks, explore the potential of noise, build botnets, and party all night.

The event is intended to be as self-organised as possible which means you are invited to contribute on your own initiative with your skills and interests. Bring your talk, workshop, debate, performance, opinion, installation, project, critique, the things you're interested in, the things you want to discuss. Especially those not listed above.

Please let us know how you would like to interefere by sending a (brief) abstract of your proposal before June 15 to interference [at] (Our PGP key)