︎ CURRENT LOCATION: DHAMMA PATĀKA, SOUTH AFRICA


Hilary
Kadallah
A9C-388
SUN JIRU
Jackson
Burrowes


Kadallah is a trans-disciplinary artist and creative technologist using emerging technologies for social good. Right now, their research is in distributed artist and activist communities, while their art is currently focused on collaborative social art practice. 

Their work as a designer of ethical technologies has been recognized internationally by Microsoft, Intel, Biodesign Challenge, Cre8 Summit, and Zaojiu Youth. They have worked on projects showcased and performed in person at Nafasi Art Space, Power Station of Art, MoMA PS1, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and digitally in COMMON and in collaboration with the City of Seattle. Their work has been featured in Resident Advisor, China Daily, Kernel Magazine, Radii China, Brooklyn to Beijing, The Afrofuturist Podcast with Ahmed Best, GoFAR, and Speak Up! Speeches by Young People to Empower and Inspire. 

They are a co-creator of the ANANSI Revolutionary Collective, and a member of The Guild of Future Architects. They previously helped catalyze Currents.fm as one of the original team members.




All Disciplines
︎Justice
︎XR
︎Video
︎Photo
︎Design
︎Writing
︎Audio
︎Digital Media



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ANANSI Revolutionary Collective

2022︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎
INTERNATIONAL
The ANANSI Revolutionary Collective (ARC000) is a pro-Black, pan-African arts collective that stewards a commons of material resources, infrastructure, people-power, and knowledge. The collective is the steward of the emergent ANANSI philosophy, which is one of Black holistic distribution, seeking to disrupt mass centralization across various disciplines. The collective continually experiments with an emergent collection of collaborative praxis, including collective budgeting, consensus-based decision making, rotational responsibility, reparational funding, and collective mythmaking. We are building a governance model structured around a participatory protocol, which will include guidelines around membership, voting, praxis and project management, and altering the protocol.



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DisCO.coop

2022
BALTIMORE
AMSTERDAM
SPAIN
NAIROBI
DisCO.coop is a non-profit cooperative that produces models for ethical collaborative productive labor in the digital era. They incubate and promote practices that integrate care-based cultural practices, guided learning journeys, and DLT-based technological tools. They are the creators and stewards of the DisCO (Distributed Cooperative Organisation) philosophy, an organisational model for cooperative groups that combines ideas and practices from cooperativism, the commons, P2P and feminist economics.

During my time with DisCO.coop, I co-designed and facilitated workshops in Baltimore, Amsterdam, and Cape Town; provided my expertise on techno-politics and digital tools both internally and in consideration for the pending Pink Paper; connected the organization with my network of ethical technologists and changemakers; and offered continual highly considered feedback on the outward facing and inwardly practiced philosophy and praxis. 


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Currents.fm

2020-2022
INTERNATIONAL
Currents.fm is an online music streaming platform designed to create sustainable financial support for musicians and collectives. Rather than paying into the platform, fans subscribe or pay one-off “tips” to artists directly. In addition to the namesake music platform, Currents also developed COMMON, a digital club venue that enabled viewers to tip and subscribe to artists during their performances, and to discover new music organically by navigating the site much like one would a festival grounds. 

As one of the first employees of the company, I played a critical role in its founding, and saw my job shapeshifting to fit the needs of our artists. My primary focus was on creating a real, caring community. I developed and maintained various initiatives to support and connect artists, including: hosting regular "town hall" events to provide a safe environment for artists to connect with each other on a personal level, establishing and maintaining an asynchronous chat server for ongoing conversations between artists, and experimenting with scheduled and adhoc community events. I also conducted research and experimentation with decentralized and distributed networks, as well as virtual, physical, and hybrid artist communities. From a more creative stand point, I regularly produced, curated, and assisted with our digital festivals including A Moment In Between and 黑美.


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blue on a green world

2021-2024
INTERNATIONAL
"blue on a green world" is a highly spiritual album detailing SUNJIR0's return to C.A.$.H., their dystopian planet of origin. The album follows their journey over rediscovering a planet that they'd thought they'd escaped, and the trials and tribulations of trying to maintain spiritual peace while living in the depths of Mara. All of the tracks on the album were created in real-time with little to no composition or editing. The album was created using a wide range of technological techniques and tools, from Sonic Pi (Green World, Incoming_Transmission_0.3), to the Artiphon Instrument 1 and iPad (The Great Glitch, Seek Refuge, New Moon, G█████). The tracks were created on C.A.$.H., and transmitted for recording to Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Nairobi.


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Virtual Violence: Vectoralist Class Warfare and Abstract Antagonism

2022
In 2022, my essay Virtual Violence: Vectoralist Class Warfare and Abstract Antagonism was published in Kernel Magazine. In the essay, I put the philosophy of McKenzie Wark, Slavoj Žižek, feminist scholars, Web3 participants, and the techno-skeptical in conversation with one another to define what violence means in this new virtual, vectorlist era. From there, I analyzed the Web3 ecosystem, a battlefield on the frontlines of this disguised evolution, in order to see how “virtual violences” shape our lived reality to ensure that power remains in the hands of a finite elite.

Disciplines:
Writing

Kernel Mag




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