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Hackers & Designers – Nobodies-for.bots

22 September
14:00 - 18:30
Bleyenberg Floor 1
Hackers & Designers – Nobodies-for.bots

From the Turing Test to the Amazon Mechanical Turk, role-playing has represented a significant force in furthering the ideology of technological innovation.

Nobodies-for.bots is a quick and dirty workshop by Hackers and Designers, where participants are put inside a thriller-scenario and must play it out with the other participants: humans and bots alike. This is an exploration in reality-making and collective-being in a pan-usership and truths-rich era.

The workshop kicks off with simple role play exercises to develop the characters and set the scene. Participants will plug in their own text lines into the bots’ code as part of co-character and plot development that will unfold IRL via the messaging application Telegram. Then we play out the narrative, making a collective and kaleidoscopic story with characters that reflect upon decision making amongst new kinds of kin.

This workshop is led by André Fincato, Cristina Cochior, and Genevieve Costello of Hackers & Designers, an Amsterdam-based collective that brings together two professions in order to build a common vocabulary. H&D privileges a hands-on approach to making in order to understand how technologies work.

No previous experience in coding or role play is required. All sentiences are welcome.

Please note that space is limited for this workshop. To reserve your spot please register by sending an email to