paragora, our little symposium for ideas and their aesthetics, cultivating hybrid cultural forms which can encourage, nurture and help sustain heterodox communisms.



What do the futures of work, play and life look like through the eyes of the people who will produce them? How do our quantified lives unfold? paragora looks at how we make sense of our lives within civilizations increasingly governed through measurement and automation procedures. How to carve out realms of autonomous practices there?

We live in societies and economies defined by a global competitive drive for constant, algorithm-guided optimisation. However, it is important to emphasize that this competition is driven by and, in turn, drives globalized conventional industry and thus conventional economic concerns. What are the underlying motivational structures that propel our hard work and play participation in the networks, away from concern about how these networks are produced, reproduced and maintained on a daily basis? How do we cultivate cultural forms which can foster and sustain long-term commitment to social and economic justice?

paragora presents resolute and concerned thinking, artistic responses and earnest discussion on processes of gamification, quantification, ubiquitous networking and algorithmic control. Through digital and electronic means, the distinction between work, leisure and other realms of social being are becoming increasingly indistinguishable.

paragora, beside the market, welcomes you to engage with a broad and pluridisciplinary assortment of people, presentations, disciplines and events, as we encounter the material realities underlying the hopes and despair of current conditions.


ANA:PARAGORA! PARAGORA 2nd edition May 8-14, 2015


Friday May 8 7-11:30pm Cryptoparty!

Saturday, May 9, 11am-6pm Build your own Synthesizer module with Wolfgang Spahn and Antti Pussinen

Saturday, May 9, 8pm 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Berlin Special Presentation by Johannes Oehme

Sunday May 10th 4pm- 7pm #defyhatenow with Hakim George and r0g_open culture

Monday  May 11th 7pm End-to-End Initiative

Wednesday May 13th 4-7pm Marx-Engels Werkschau

Wednesday May 13th 7-11pm Womens’ Cryptodinner with Annie Machon!

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if you are nostalgic for information about the 1st edition, click here.