On monday I'm presenting a paper on solar.lowtechmagazine.com during the 'Computing within #Limits' conference.

In the paper I'm describing the design choices we made, such as designing for unavailability and how they were based on reducing a few key metrics such as data transferred, calculations per request and use of third party services. This opens up a way of thinking about #degrowth and ICT. We should be looking in to that waaaay more.

The paper also tries to implicitly answer the 'how do we do sustainable web design?' question and argues aiming for reduction (of bytes transferred, computation and infra required) as useful rule of thumbs guiding a design. That is to say, solar protocols, 'low tech look', 3.5MB dithered images, green CDNs etc ain't it.

However, it also self-criticizes solar.lowtechmagazine.com for the fact that it is so unreproducible and a very limited and 'easy' use case. So yeah no answer but thinking through degrowth should definitely be considered as the direction of the answer..


While preparing the Media Facade Festival 2010, we were concerned that the construction of this bridge almost in front of iMAL would interfere with our events.

It was finally installed yesterday!

(pics from twitter.com/BelirisInfo/status)

After Medialab Prado, LABoral 😢

"various worrying movements in the centre, such as the non-renewal of its artistic and managing direction, the flight of its already reduced collaborators and private trustees, and diverse speculations around future alternative uses that distort LABoral‘s foundational mission and disrupt its current functioning, already in a precarious equilibrium due to the questionable administration of recent years".

Logiciels libres au 75

Après l'ERG, Saint-Luc et la Cambre, c'est au tour de l'école le75 de mettre en place différents outils libres. Au menu: une instance de BigBlueButton pour la gestion de cours en ligne, une instance de Nextcloud pour le partage et l'édition de documents et une instance d'Etherpad pour l'écriture collaborative.


“Ethics” at Big Tech companies is part of the Public Relations department.

Let me introduce “Plumes”: A small book/zine with algorithmically generated photo collages and computer-aided (concrete) poetry. nervousdata.com/plumes.html

Hand-bound physical copies are now in the making.

The concrete poems were generated using #p5js – One sketch here: nervousdata.com/plumes-p5.html (needs JavaScript enabled)

getting ready to live code inside a website next week with Celeste Betancur, as part of Oscillation Festival (oscillation-festival.be/).

Really happy to share this "live" in the browser rather than via a video stream with terrible compression.

thanks to @munshkr for help with embedding flok <3

Ouf, on a eu chaud 🔥

(l'instance est chez OVH Strasbourg)

IDPW (from the Internet Yami-Ichi) have a call for "Art homepages" in the framework of their ART HOMEPAGE FAIR



New essay: Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of FLOSS

Recently, @rra and I have been working on an essay highlighting questions about the #Fediverse and how these are getting entangled with #FLOSS practices. From software production to structure and governance within alternative social media, online communities and politics.

The text follows a multi theses model, to map the different things we've been looking at and publish the current state of our research.

It is the closing chapter of a new publication from INC/Transmediale (networkcultures.org/blog/publi)

PDF of the text: monoskop.org/images/c/cc/Manso

Feedback welcome. We're planning to publish an online version with more references!

The Decentralized Web of Hate


This is from last October, but more relevant than ever.

"This report looks at how hate movements are decentralizing using emerging technologies in ways that make them harder to combat. These technologies ask us critical questions about the future of society and the internet but also pose incredible potential to help us along our way."

“Branch is an online magazine written by and for people who dream of a sustainable and just #internet.

We believe that the internet must serve our collective liberation and ecological #sustainability. We want the internet to dismantle the power structures that delay #climate action and for the internet itself to become a sustainable and positive force for climate justice.”

First issue of #Branch is out:


The 'Decentralization Off The Shelf' project by SimplySecure is hosting a free workshop for #developers and #designers of #decentralized applications about useful design and interaction patterns for the specific UI & UX problems of #decentralized and #federated software. Perhaps interesting for #activitypub #xmpp #ssb devs?


boosts appreciated

La future commission consultative des arts plastiques à la FWB cherche un.e candidat.e suppléant.e en arts numériques et technologiques, dans la catégorie « recherche scientifique et technologique »


New season identity for la Balsamine theater. 10 years of collaboration. Lucarne PeerTube. Pelican static site. Inkscape paths and Ume font forever. OSP. balsamine.be

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