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
Sasha Shestakova / Moscow, Russia, and Anna Engelhardt / 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, Distributed Cognition 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 practical research unit co-founded by Sasha Shestakova / Moscow, Russia, and Anna Engelhardt / London, UK. DCC is interested in (de)colonial politics of algorithmic and logistical infrastructures in post-Soviet space. Concerned with infrastructure as a form of politics, DCC grounds its practice in writing, manufacturing and maintaining digital architectures. DCC has presented its work at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2020 transmediale, VII Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

The Web Residency projects from the call »Solidarity is a verb« will be launched end of October 2021.

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