Individual Project

Summer Academy 2020 'Network Imaginaries'

The Internet and a distributed network of local hosts

As a member of collective Hackers & Designers (H&D), Anja Groten co-organizes the Hackers & Designers Summer Academy 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, H&D acknowledges the importance of continuity and solidary action and therefore restructured the 6th edition of the H&D Summer Academy into a distributed workshop program.

With this open call for workshops H&D invites creative practitioners whose interest lies in critically and practically engaging with technology, to join us in reflecting and reimagining distributed practices. Whether it be fashion designers, system administrators, or disobedient citizens, we invite the H&D community to learn together about network technologies in experimental and hands-on ways. Under the overarching title 'Network Imaginaries' we will challenge and activate participants to use and push the boundaries of existing technology and programming platforms (webware, hardware, software), online/offline networks, high and low tech (internet, IPFS, darknet, peer2peer, blockchain, bot networks, radio), and user experience—all in a practical manner and while addressing the ethical implications of the proposed technologies and processes.