Zachary Kaiser
Subverting the Algorithm
Workshop given at the 2014 Allied Media Conference
Detroit, MI
Co-organized and facilitated with Gabi Schaffzin

Algorithms written into software code permeate nearly every aspect of human existence and replicate the power and interests of their creators. Using texts about the pervasiveness of algorithms, participants proposed technologies of resistance to organize communities against these forces that inhibit us from determining our own destinies or shaping our own identities, as individuals and in community. We emphasized research and collaboration strategies for envisioning technologies of resistance, creating space for a dialogue about the ways in which the algorithm shapes life.