CONTROL WARS LABORATORIO
SUPPORTED BY PORTO DESIGN BIENNALE 21

Control Wars Laboratorio (CWL) is a part of the Satellite Activities programming of the PDB’21 Alter-Realities. CWL will be held between June 2nd and July 25th, 2021 online and at Casa São Roque, Porto, Portugal.
Led by Becoming Collective, CWL will create a platform for participants to examine and transcend the limits of social imaginaries from a semiotic-material perspective, bringing forth new relational possibilities through the exploration of techno-diverse automation and otherkin cosmopolitics.

CW is a soft machine for invoking futures that vibrate in the present and a space to find ways to rehearse transitions that bring more liveable realities to life. CWL will function as an experimental research method and an open source game with inputs from Live Action Role Play (LARP), image theatre, auto fiction and poetry to create a space of subjective transformation and excite sociotechnical imaginaries in the making of dynamic, generative and contestational alternative realities.
For CWL PDB’21, we are opening up the design process of a new iteration of Control Wars in order to co-create, debate and deliberate over the possibilities of automated technologies in producing technodiverse futures. 


Control Wars Laboratorio PDB’21 will explore technodiverse futures and posthuman becomings beyond corporate and western inertias while embracing automation to restitute (and mutate) natural-cultural ecosystems.

—“We live in a state of impasse, a moment where existing social imaginaries and practices no longer produce the outcomes they once did, but no new imaginaries or practices have yet been created.” Lauren Berlant



CWL is for everyone!We've found activists, designers, artists, academics, policy makers, and others enacting change in the world have had a positive experience playing CW. If you would like to participate, please respond to the  open call 


CWL is for everyone!We've found activists, designers, artists, academics, policy makers, and others enacting change in the world have had a positive experience playing CW. If you would like to participate, please respond to the  open call 

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CWL is for everyone! In particular, from our experience, we have found activists, designers, artists, academics, policy makers, and others working towards enacting change in the world have had a positive experience playing CW. If you would like to participate, please respond to the  open call