LANCASTER UNIVERSITY - LANCASTER
3-5 FEBRUARY 2006

The Knowledge Lab is an attempt to provide a collective space for anti-capitalist reflection. It is located at the margin of the university, an institution essentially geared towards the production of knowledge as a resource for corporate interest and as justification for particular constellations of power relations.

The Knowledge Lab is hence also an attempt to claim back some of the university’s space, resources and know-how from the military-industrial complex and make them available for people concerned about and working against the status quo of unceasing commodification, exploitation, war, and biospherical destruction.

This weekend is the second Knowledge Lab event, and you are happily invited to get involved.

The event is also an experiment in format/structure, and aims to go beyond the conventional speaker-audience set up. The weekend will be divided into FOUR themed STREAMS made up of a series of extended discussion sessions or hand-on workshops:

STREAM 1: POLITECHS (democratisation of technology/politics in
technological civilisation)

STREAM 2: HACKING CONSCIOUSNESS (hearts, minds & technology)

STREAM 3: PROPERGANDER ((autonomous) media & communication)

STREAM 4: HACKLAB (techie skill transfer)

All streams share the same lunch and dinner breaks, but are otherwise NOT time-bound to one another. There will also be a 1/2 stream (the KIDZ’ STREAM!) taking place in the soft-seated corner of the foyer. Please let us know in advance if you’re bringing a small person.

Apart from the hacklab (a series of hands-on workshops), each stream consists of a number of facilitated sessions on a particular subject. Sessions are long-ish discussions (up to 2-3 hours) around a set of questions, issues or statements (that will be made available on the wiki in advance). There will be no formal presentations, but the idea is that people with particular experience/knowledge of the given subject will aim to ensure vibrancy of discussion and relevance of information imparted – without extinguishing other people’s points of views and contributions!

The idea is for each session to collectively draft some sort of “output” – this could be a simple list of main points summarising the discussion, but could of course be more creative (such as editing audio recordings for publication online), and would ideally also identify further questions regarding the subject (rather than attempt to provide answers) with a view to encourage further thought and action, maybe even spawn writings, research, or other projects. The “output” will be “publicised” on the wiki and ideally on posters or similar during the course of the weekend.

Live web-streaming and recording facilities for the discussions will be set up. As part of the hacklab we are hoping to provide a media sharing server, so bring your hard drives, CDs and DVDs with documentaries, music and more to share and take new stuff home with you to screen or redistribute.

There will be a plenary/feedback session Sunday lunchtime to wrap up the whole event.

http://www.knowledgelab.org.uk/wiki/Lab2Programme