International Trans*Feminist Digital Depletion Strike
8th of March, 2023
On the 8th of March 2023, we call for a Counter Cloud Action Day, asking institutions, their partners, audience, funders and supporters to make an effort to withhold from using any cloud-based applications for that day. The plan is to take care of descent and dissent from the cloud whilst partying in the ruins of Big Tech depletion. The strike calls for a hyperscaledown of extractive digital services and a hyperscale up of collective organising to center slow trans★feminist and queer server practices, including storage, videoconferencing, collaborative working, low-power graphics, and related practices within the field of (digital) art practices and community organising.
In February 2023, collectives and organisations committed to trans★feminist approaches to technology will come together in Berlin, to prepare for the international trans*feminist strike as part of transmediale 2023. On this day, we will get together to document the depletion of community resources by Big Tech infrastructure, to understand the privilege to protest and the way protest expresses an ability to imagine different possibilities for organising across scales for collective life after the cloud. We will dream up alternative methods of survival, imagine local networks for collaborative authoring, and transnational modes for communicating otherwise. We will hold an initial meeting at transmediale in February to plan the strike actions, and together compose strike songs, poetry and slogans to be performed as part of the upcoming annual trans★feminist strike.