Events

Talks: Screen Walk with Aymeric Mansoux & Roel Roscam Abbing

Wednesday 30th June

18:00 GMT

Free

How can art and culture offer online spaces outside of corporate platforms and infrastructures, and what does it involve? Aymeric Mansoux and Roel Roscam Abbing will take the audience through the challenges and opportunities of self-managed cooperative online services and networked infrastructures where images take up most of their traffic. Showcasing different online platforms and tools, the artist will present alternative, open and collaborative possibilities. The Screen Walk will offer practitioners and institutions ways to reclaim autonomy free from data colonialism and networked economic systems.

Talks: Welcome to the Federation

Thursday 1st July

10:00 – 12:00 / 14:00 – 16:00

Online,

This online workshop is a follow-up activity to Aymeric Mansoux and Roel Roscam Abbing’s Screen Walk. They will dive into one practical example of an alternative social media platform, Mastodon, an open source software for federated micro-blogging, similar to but distinct from Twitter. Mastodon is currently one of the most visible platforms that form the Fediverse. The Fediverse is a combination of the terms “federation” and “universe.” It is a common name for interoperating social platforms running on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) on a myriad of servers across places and cultures. The main difference between the Fediverse and commercial social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on), is that the vast majority are community-run and highly participatory.

Participants will start from a blank Mastodon installation, discuss the client-server models it introduces, draft our terms and services, and possibly code of conduct, decide on who will be the admins, who are the moderators, what kind of content and discourse they would like to favour, and start to explore together the Fediverse.

Reading: Aymeric Mansoux and Roel Roscam Abbing – Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of Floss (2020)