The project Swarm by Distributed cognition cooperative creates infrastructural conditions to break a vicious circle maintained by institutional politics. This vicious circle implies that those in need of funding are less likely to get it, as intersectional affirmative action is still far from forming the core of funding decisions.

Distributed cognition cooperative / London, UK — Aug 30, 2021

Swarm, Distributed Cognition Cooperative, 2021. Courtesy the artists.

Having experience in both endless funding applications and digital infrastructures, Distributed Cognition Cooperative developed a platform that creates a supportive peer-review environment. Mutual aid informs the principles of feedback provided and support someone can get if their application is unsuccessful. Starting this project as practical work, the cooperative seeks to expand it during the residency with reflections on the process-oriented nature and practices of mutual aid. »We would love to enrich our perspective, which combined theoretical inquiry with fostering solidarity infrastructures, through discussions with para institutions.«

Distributed Cognition Cooperative is a practice-based research unit consisting of Sasha Shestakova and Anna Engelhardt. Concerned with infrastructure as a form of politics, DCC grounds its practice in writing, manufacturing, and maintaining digital architectures in post-Soviet space, which they presented at, among others, Biennale Architettura and Moscow International Biennale.

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