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In August, Akademie Schloss Solitude’s Digital program, together with SAVVY Contemporary, and the »Magical Hackerism« Netting Group members Immy Mali, Czar Kristoff, Neema Githere, Alejo Duque, Sahej Rahal, and Morehshin Allahyari, launched its eighteenth call for web residencies »Magical Hackerism or the Elasticity of Resilience,« offering four web residencies to practitioners and communities within the tropical belt. 

The four projects will be developed further in the upcoming weeks, to be presented in early 2023. This web residency is not only about NetWorking, but NetResting or NetBalancing! 

The chosen web residents have in common a situated embeddedness in endemic knowledge systems. They share an interest in DIT (Do It Together), community networks, and connecting intertropically on a planetary and/or poetic level. In early 2023, their web residency activities will potentially become a rhizome or node within Futura Trōpica Netroots: The »Magical Hackerism« web residency gathers intertropical artists to discuss intertropical mindsets and approaches, adding their responses to Futura Trōpica Netroots in the form of situated techno protocols, and audio-visual, poetical content. With this residency we aim to share an understanding of those tropical magical protocols. Tech support will come from Juan Pablo García Sossa and Sarah Grant (from the Critical Engineering Working Group).

A Knot in Motion: On the Accident of Rain
Islam Shabana (El Kharja/Egypt, Cairo/Egypt) & Luiz Zanotello (Jundiaí/Brazil, Berlin/Germany)

For the »Magical Hackerism« web residency, Islam Shabana and Luiz Zanotello propose tying a knot between El Kharja oasis (near the Tropic of Cancer) and Jundiaí (near the Tropic of Capricorn) by tracing the material/discursive/poetic accidents around one topic of interest: the rain. They propose to set up two nodes of the Futura Trōpica Rhizome, collecting/spreading rain-data on both sides for future intertropical exchange.

Jô Osbórnia (Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, based in Berlin/Germany) & Jota Ramos ( Alegre/Brazil, based in Berlin/Germany)

HACKING ANTI-COLONIAL KUIR POETRY THROUGH THE TROPICS is a digital and collective attempt at disrupting the colonial ordering of the world through LBTQIA+ works and languages from the Global South. For the »Magical Hackerism« web residency is, through Futura Trōpica Netroots, Jô Osbórnia and Jota Ramos for KUIR Poetry aim to connect communities from Colombia, DR Congo, and India, strengthening especially cis-hetero non-normative perspectives. 

Cloudrunner: The Pinatubo Field Guide to Solar Geoengineering
Adaptive Radiations Working Group (Araw), Zambales/Philippines

For the 18th Web Residency »Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resilience,« Mica Cabildo and JM Quiblat for Adaptive Radiations Working Group revisit the 1991 Pinatubo eruption. The project Cloudrunner investiagtes endemic responses to ethical, technological, and political risks posed by planetary-scale technological climate interventions on Pinatubo’s displaced populations and ecologies.

Achebe’s Internet: Proverbial Protocol
by Chidumaga Uzoma Orji, Abuja/Nigeria

Can we create a modern information system premised on the foundational wisdom of [Igbo]proverbs? What would the internet look like if it were designed to mirror ancestral systems of knowledge production that prioritise the dissemination of wisdom over mere information? These are the questions at the heart of Achebe’s Internet/Proverbial Protocol, a research project that seeks to situate ancestral wisdom ecologies within contemporary technological frameworks, now being further developed and distributed through the 18th web residency »Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resilience.«

To read more about the projects, please visit the website.

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