Call for Web Residencies No 18

SAVVY Contemporary & Akademie Schloss Solitude
Deadline: 23 September 2022

MH-DigitalSolitude, Courtesy of Akademie Schloss Solitude.

MH-DigitalSolitude, Courtesy of Akademie Schloss Solitude.

Call for Web Residencies No 18 Stuttgart, 29. August 2022 Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resilience. In the framework of the project Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resilience, SAVVY Contemporary and Akademie Schloss Solitude’s Digital program offer four web residencies to practitioners and communities within the tropical belt, exploring situated knowledges, forming local DIT (Do It Together) community networks, and/or connecting intertropically on a planetary level. Curated by Research Netting Group, Akademie Schloss Solitude in cooperation with SAVVY Contemporary.

The eighteenth web residency call, together with SAVVY Contemporary and the Research Netting Group, invites you to apply for a web residency and become part of the larger project Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resilience, and host and become a rhizome/node of Futura Trōpica Netroots for a lateral exchange of situated knowledges.

This six-week online residency, will offer support to setup a local community network using a Raspberry Pi, where your situated knowledge exploration can be hosted. When connected to the Wi-Fi network provided by the Rhizome, visitors can visit a web relational garden (a more than linear web space) that will contain your research, content, and resources to be shared. Your rhizome will become part of our InterTropical P2P network communicating through the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) protocol. Through the network, it is possible to visit other relational gardens elsewhere and communicate with other practitioners.

Futura Trōpica Netroots is an InterTropical network of grassroots local networks connecting communities and networks of support in Bogotá/Colombia, Kinshasa/DR Congo, and Bengaluru/India. In 2022, Martinique, Kampala/Uganda and Manila/Philippines have joined the constellation.

This call is led by Magical Hackerism’s Netting Group interfacing through Futura Trōpica. Forming a Netting Group is an attempt for lateral exchanges of knowledges among InterTropical practitioners.

The Netting Group is composed of Immy Mali, Czar Kristoff, Neema Githere, Alejo Duque, Sahej Rahal, and Morehshin Allahyari.

Magical Hackerism refers to the essential hacking of reality and the rendering of a multiplicity of worlds.
The etymology of the word tropics comes from the ancient belief that the sun turned back at the solstices, the tropikós, from the greek word τροπή (tropḗ, »a turn, turning, solstice, trope«), meaning the point at which things turn. Magical Hackerism is the manifestation of the tropical turn as a mindset.

In this collaborative and experimental project, SAVVY Contemporary,, and Akademie Schloss Solitude come together to examine forms of technologies from a tropikós perspective (both as region and as a mindset), to diversify and redistribute the networks of technologies and cultural imaginaries toward pluriversal understandings of the planet. With this constellation, we aim to complexify the dominant cosmology of modern binary divisions and systems of classification, disrupt the vertical sight in our relationship to natural and artificial environments and establish dialogues between a multiplicity of worlds and cosmologies that exist by themselves and not by opposing to a contrary.

The project unfolds as a fifteen-month research and public program, reflecting on tools for the subversion of realities and for active world-making. It is punctuated with an exhibition in the two venues SAVVY Contemporary and, a discursive program composed of workshops, sound performances, experimental radio, video essays, and the restoration of two historical net culture experiments, as well a web residency call in cooperation with Akademie Schloss Solitude.

Rather than requesting the formulation of a new project, the Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resili web residency offers means to sustain ongoing initiatives that would benefit from Akademie Schloss Solitude’s creative community, as well as the time and financial resources to continue moving ideas forward. They will offer support setting up a DIT Community Network using a Raspberry Pi that becomes a rhizome in Futura Trōpica Netroots. Within this network, you can share your research on situated knowledges and exchange intertropically with other practitioners.

For this call, the Netting Research Group (Immy Mali, Czar Kristoff, Neema Githere, Alejo Duque, Sahej Rahal, and Morehshin Allahyari) selects four project proposals, whose creators are rewarded with a six- week production residency and a 1200-euro grant.

If you are selected as a web resident, you will be required to make public the content of your proposal on the Akademie Schloss Solitude website and the Futura Trōpica Netroots. Your result may, of course, diverge from your proposal.

Call release: August 23, 2022
Submission: until September 23, 2022 (midnight IDLW / BIT) Announcement Web Residents: until October 2022
Web Residencies: November 1 – December 15, 2022

In 2016, Akademie Schloss Solitude launched the Web Residencies to encourage young talents from the international digital scene and artists from all disciplines dealing with web-based practices. ZKM was the program partner from 2017 to 2019. For each call, the curator or collective selects project proposals whose creators receive a four-week residency and a mini-grant.
Artists, collectives, associations, and initiatives of all kinds are invited to experiment with digital technologies and new art forms, and reflect on the topics set by the curators. Web residencies are carried out online, and the works are presented online.

Please send your application until September 23, 2022 (midnight IDLW / BIT) to by submitting your project proposal in the form of: – a headline
– a short concept text in English (1,000–1,500 characters with spaces)
– a header image (high resolution, landscape format)
– a short bio in English (500 characters with spaces) – a PDF portfolio
– additional link
Artists of all disciplines as well as former Solitude fellows may apply. There is no age limit.


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