The Suoja/Shelter Festival-Laboratory invites participants to propose projects for its Vol.3 2020*.
*Please, follow the link to read the Curatorial Statement.
Drawing on the concept of "really useful knowledge"
originating in radical educational movements of the early nineteenth-century England, when it signified a curriculum required for working class emancipation, and when education provided a model for collective "self-help" the Suoja /Shelter Festival-Laboratory will set up an online Knowledge Room to provide "really useful knowledge" and guide us, users of networked computational devices, towards to online sovereignty, before "knowledge itself disintegrates into the information generated by fully automated calculation, and into fixed capital, which, along with 'big data', forms the hyper-synchronized associated milieu – or what I call the digital Leviathan"
Parallel to construction a room of "calculated knowledge", a Situation Room is being set up, without location, dispersed in the computational network, which provides the infrastructural, historical and conceptual basis of its existence. Situation Rooms emerge in crises to provide intelligence and support decision making processes of leaders, their history and existence is dependent on computation, thus tracing their origin leads one back to the Second World War, to the roots of cybernetics. Our online iteration of a Situation Room entails various forms of exchange, entanglements and Daseins.
Moving online, we are creating a space for performative experiments, discussions, immersive interactions; welcoming the diversity of artistic practices which can re-identify themselves for a digital space; offering to make it is a tryout with a prospect to continue working with the same topic, but on a bigger scale, during the future off-line event.
We believe that every safe space, including online spaces, can be only a temporary measure to surmount crisis and to gain strength to meet reality. The space emerging from our online connectedness is clearly not a utopia, and brings along open questions we will attempt to engage with in a non-hierarchical way.
 "Really useful knowledge" is referred to in the context of contemporary art by an exhibition and a publication of the same title (curators: What, How & for Whom/WHW, 2014, Museo Reina Sofía Madrid).
 Bernard Stiegler, The Neganthropocene, Ed, translated, with an introduction by Daniel Ross, London: Open Humanities Press, 2018. 210.