Voicing Collective Bodies

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Voicing Collective Bodies

How can we dream organizational forms for equitable worlds?
Join us for a three hour workshop on play, shared infrastructures, digital protocols, community archives, and experiments in institution building. 

Calum Bowden (Trust) delves into the world of collective bodies and the metaphors we organise with. He introduces Trust’s work, along with the forms of collectivity that build towards equitable institutions. The session focuses on forms that embrace the differences between individuals to lead to a more resilient and inclusive collective voice.

Through a series of activities, participants will have the opportunity to imagine and create a ‘collective body,’ including lore, membership rules, decision-making procedures, archival practices, and membranes that determine what is made public and what remains sacred. In the second half of the workshop, participants engage in a decision-making exercise.


Course Logistics

Saturday July 1, 2023

2PM – 5PM

Gray Area
2665 Mission Street
San Francisco

This event takes place in the Gray Area Classroom which is not ADA accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage anyone who may be impacted to reach out to us directly at [email protected] so that we can help accommodate their needs as best we can.

About Trust

Trust is a network of utopian conspirators, a sandbox for creative, technical, and critical projects, and a site of experimentation for new ways of learning together. Trust exists as a hybrid online and physical platform in Berlin for inquiry into emerging social and political phenomena through the lenses of aesthetic, narrative, game, technical, climate and design research. Since 2018, they have developed a public programme that includes lectures, installations, residency programmes, reading groups, working groups, live-streamed participatory events, and online resources. Trust incubates digital projects that build a creative culture of the commons.

Please email [email protected] with any questions you may have about the workshop.

This workshop is presented by C/Change, a new initiative that investigates how emerging technologies, when imbued with intentional design, can open up new channels for cross-cultural connection in a changing world.

C/Change is implemented by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco in cooperation with Gray Area and funded by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Calum Bowden is an artist moulding organisations as a medium. He co-founded Trust, collaborating on worlds, games, and platforms. In this way, Calum builds infrastructures that relink culture, technology, economy, and ecology. He has worked with institutions diverse as HKW Berlin, Serpentine Galleries London, and the Natural History Museums of Berlin and Paris.