Thursday 1 June. Mine Your Own Business: On Digital Decentralization and Imperialism. Gabriella Torres-Ferrer

Encounter: Gabriella Torres-Ferrer

Title: Mine Your Own Business: On Digital Decentralization and Imperialism

Dates: June Thursday 1

Time: 19:00-21:00

What are the capitalist-colonial entanglements behind the promises of interconnectivity, technological decentralization and our everyday digital lives? These are core questions to Gabriella Torres-Ferrer’s practice. The artist will present and attempt to contextualize the Mine Your Own Business living sculpture series. The series cross-examines global fintech dreams of deregulated empowerment and sovereignty and what that means for the so-called global south. The work comprises a contemplation that explores the far flung corners of crypto havens, ‘disruptive’ technologies, and the realities of countries striving to synchronize their ‘unstable’ economies to the rhythms of global accumulation circuits.


Gabriella Torres-Ferrer (b.1987 Arecibo, Puerto Rico) is a multimedia artist and researcher, whose work considers futurability, new digital epistemologies and subverting hegemonic narratives; power dynamics and means of exchange and production in a globalized networked society. Their transmedial practice integrates new media, installation, video, web-based interventions, among other experimentations. Torres-Ferrer has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museo del Barrio, the Shed, A.I.R. feminist collective, New York; The National Museum of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa; The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale online and offline in São Paulo, Mexico City, San Juan and Santo Domingo; Phillip Martin, Los Angeles; SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; Curro, Guadalajara; Gianni Manhattan, Vienna; Embajada, San Juan. Gabriella is a former resident of Beta Local’s La Práctica fellowship in San Juan. They are a 2020-2021 recipient of the Akademie Schloss Solitude Artist-in-Residence fellowship, Stuttgart, and received a guest artist, honorary mention at CERN Collide, Geneve.

No RSVP required

Event held onsite: Donaustr. 84, 12043 Berlin



Aurora vol. II. A Platform On Social Recipes, Filmmaking and Mutual Aid is a project of The Institute for Endotic Research (Shoufay Derz and Lorenzo Sandoval) in collaboration with Aouefa Amoussouvi with invited guests. It follows on from Aurora. A Platform on Ecology, Interdependence and Mutual Aid, initiated by Aouefa Amoussouvi, Benjamin T. Busch and Lorenzo Sandoval in June 2022.


“Aurora” is an interdisciplinary project that departs from the idea of mutual aid in order to better understand the connections between ecology and interdependence. Aurora, which stands for dawn, is among the most common symbols of hope. The project goes beyond criticism, proposing actionable strategies for imagining better futures. Aurora vol. II. hones in on the connections between methodologies of food culture, filmmaking and storytelling as much-needed tools for reshaping our present and future. It is a platform for our entangled narratives and the creation of commonalities with others across geographical distances and time.


As we move towards climate collapse at an accelerated rate, the practice of collaborative storytelling is a necessary response. Art historian Claire Bishop speaks about how filmmaking recognises the complexity of collaborative work by naming the various workers contributing to the realization of a project. Mutual aid is activated through the art practice of filmmaking both through its inherent organisational structures of production and through its narratives. In an age where screens are virtually ubiquitous, where devices enslave and entrap us in contemporary alienation, we are at the mercy of constant disinformation, emotional modulation and seduction so that capitalism can continue its metabolic absorption.


In this sense, Aurora Vol. II confronts screen culture through a programme of workshops, reading groups and seminars that seek to engender narratives of commonality, collaboration, interdependent working structures, mutual support and empathic spaces that allow us to develop strategies of solidarity. To find effective and sustainable responses, it is necessary to reimagine existing epistemological frameworks with an intersectional and interdependent approach. Presented from March to June 2023, the program prioritises collaborative production, therefore it facilitates the project’s aims of both understanding and practising mutual aid.

These events are free of charge, but registration is essential as spots are limited
If for any reason you cannot attend the event after registration, please cancel your tickets ASAP so that we can fill your place.
The health and safety of our community is our priority. Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell.
For the 2-day workshops: We recommend coming on both days. However, if you are only coming on one day, please indicate in your registration if you are only coming on one day and which one (day 1 or day 2).

Aurora vol. II. A Platform on Social Recipes, Filmmaking and Mutual Aid is supported by