Access to Tools

“Instead of optimizing our machines for humanity, we are optimizing humans for machinery.”
–Douglas Rushkoff

Access to tools and knowledge that new communication technologies will bring about was at the root of what the techno-hippies of the 70s were declaring. Half a century later the reality is not quite such. People have been reduced to mere users of “user friendly” technologies – technologies to be used and not understood. Appropriating, dismantling and creatively reinventing these “tools” is the only way to resist their biases, and ultimately to understand them. Open source-code is the key to knowledge and the unlocking of technologies.

The Access to Tools Fair is dedicated to exploring how technologies create new forms of social dialogue. The fair is a new media art and performative event inspired by AND Fair, first proposed in 2014 by Abandon Normal Devices for the AND festival in Liverpool where, much like the World Fairs of old, inventors could showcase new inventions and discoveries. The aim is to create a “Device Based Fair / Event,” a Temporary Autonomous Zone where experimental products (goods?) are exhibited and exchanged, new relationships are established, and audiences learn from the creators and are introduced to new products.

Artworks and technology will be on display at several stands, and visitors will be able to experiment and interact with them. The authors will be available at all times for explanations, help, demonstrations, consultancy and knowledge exchange, and they might even try to demystify and open up the black box of technology.

The event is in conjunction with AND Fair Rijeka, that will happen on 5–6 February 2016 at Filodrammatica gallery in Rijeka, organized by Drugo more (HR) in collaboration with Aksioma and Abandon Normal Devices (UK).

Credits and more information about this event HERE.

9 February 2016, from 16:00 to 23:00

Curated by Aksioma


Borut Savski, Stefan Doepner, Boštjan Leskovšek, Dominik Mahnič, Boštjan Čadež, Nataša Mušević, Robertina Šebjanič (SI), the Radiona Collective (HR), Paula Pin (ES) and Dmitriy Morozov (RU).