Screen Walk & Workshop with Aymeric Mansoux and Roel Roscam Abbing

Screen Walk: One-click install to autonomy?
Wednesday 30 June 18.00 BST

Join Aymeric Mansoux and Roel Roscam Abbing in a live-streamed presentation.
Register

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.

Screen Walks is a series of live-streamed artist/researcher-led explorations of online spaces and artistic strategies designed to illuminate a thriving – often overlooked – digital cultural scene. An online collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery, UK and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.

Workshop: Welcome to the Federation
1 July, 10:00-12:00 / 14:00-16:00
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)

The workshop is planned for CSNI researchers as part of their Summer School but you can register your interest sending an email to digital.programme@tpg.org.uk 

Biographies

Aymeric Mansoux has been messing around with computers and networks for far too long. He was a founding member of server based collective GOTO10 (FLOSS+Art, Puredyne, make art festival). Recent collaborations include: The SKOR Codex, an archive about the impossibility of archiving; What Remains, an 8-bit video game about the manipulation of public opinion and whistleblowing for the NES; and LURK, a server infrastructure for discussions around net/computational art, culture, and politics. Aymeric received his PhD from the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London for his investigation of the techno-legal forms of social organisation within free and open source based cultural practices. Aymeric currently runs the Experimental Publishing master course (XPUB) at the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. 

Roel Roscam Abbing is currently a PhD candidate at Malmö University’s department of Interaction Design. There he researches alternative social media, on-line federation and community-owned digital infrastructure. Furthermore, he works as an artist and designer with a practice engaged with network infrastructures, the politics of technology and do-it-yourself approaches.

image: Fediverse logo proposal