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The story behind the VPN-zine project, including funding+ hosting support, available here:

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Open Call for #publishers, #zinesters, #magazines, #distributors and #artists with an ongoing publishing practice for #Missread #Artbookfair taking place from April 29 to May 1, 2022 at #HKW, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
#art #kunst #zine #berlin #book

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4th of December 2021
16:00-20:30 CET
#Varia (online)

#WordMord is a collective artistic research which started as part of the seminar #Feminist Practices in the Public Space at the Era of Globalised Technologies, by the Centre of New Media and Feminist Practices in the Public Space.

In this worksession WordMord will show and discuss tools and processes through which they they investigate violent words and their arbitrary use in legal and journalistic/media contexts.

Afterwards Allison Parrish @aparrish will conduct the workshop 'Creative #Writing with #Computers, #Noise and Mulch':
We know computers best as tools for analyzing #text, composing text, and "correcting" text through grammar and spell check. But computation is an equally useful tool for pulling language apart, grinding it down, and making it unfamiliar. This workshop offers a short series of hands-on tutorials with code that facilitates destructive and defamiliarizing operations on text(...)

To register to the workshop: (limited spots)

Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet, and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when #language online and computers meet. She is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (...)

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Read & Repair with Elodie Mugrefya & Amy Suo Wu

Date: Sunday, 28th November 2021
Time: 11:00-13:00 (Read) & 13:30-15:30 (Repair)
Location: #varia (Gouwstraat 3)

The text selection and our reading choreography in October was made by Elodie Mugrefya. During this reading session we'll be with texts which do not claim the 'traditional' practice of archiving, so to break off its norms and authority, but which are very much attentive to and invested in modes of memory-caring.

- Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
- The Plot of Her Undoing by Saidiya Hartman

The Repair session will be guided by Amy Suo Wu. In this session, we’ll explore facilitator and healer, Meenadchi’s Decolonising Non-Violent Communication (DNVC), through the practice of mending damaged textiles. To join please bring along a piece of damaged textile. We will provide needles and thread, but feel free to bring along your favourite haberdashery accessories. Do wear comfy Sunday clothes as we’ll start the session with a qi gong exercise.

Please let us know if you would like to join by emailing We will be wearing masks in the space and keeping a 1.5m distance. For this reason, there is a limited number of places.

Poster by @p_p

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The next time someone suggests you replace your password with biometric access, you can point them in this direction:

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CryptoDance >>> Https:// <<< is mentioned in #hacking#diveristy The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures - the new book of Christina Dunbar-Hester

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Cómeme Records has published some really great "electro therapy" DJ sessions from South America. If you don't speak Spanish you might want to skip the dialogues in the first 25 min. or so. #tootradio

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Btw, if you think that ”everyone can speak or understand English”, think again.

Only about a fifth or a fourth of the world population can, in some extent, use English, and for many of those people their English skills are far from what you would consider ”can speak English” on a webbed cyte such as this one.

The share of world population having English skills has been in decline during the last decade, btw.

So, learn to use other languages, too, if you care for the people around you.

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Mastodon admins!

You can tweak your instance theme so that it highlights media which do not have a text description:

A lot of people use Mastodon through audio from screen readers, so it is important to encourage your users to add text descriptions to images.

(The theme is made by @balrogboogie and @FiXato , and thank you to @Mayana for letting me know about the theme!)

#MastoTips #Mastodon #MastoAdmin #FediTips #Fediverse #Accessibility #A11y #CSS #Themes

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Visualizing physical decentralization of #Fediverse servers

Neat way to see all the big, popular data centers (hello, Hetzner Helzinki)

Or to explore smaller, less popular hosting providers.

👍 to @poduptime for this great map!

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I was thinking how I hate the typical fantasy art which only consists of creatures and naked women, and that if I was an ancient deity I'd still be wearing comfy clothes

So anyway, less naked goddesses and more deities with hoodies

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Till the end of 2020 EU was cooperating with belarusian dictatorship to prevent refugees and migrants getting to EU through the country. For that Lukashenko was getting money from Brussel in dozens of millions.

An artist I follow in IG, the other day was asking how others deal with online printables and copyright. A PDF zine I purchased once, in the footer it read: "prepared exclusively for <my_email>" in every frigging page.
Once we upload something online we can wish them a bon voyage, and that's all we can do. Or not upload.

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I can't remember who posted this, I think I found it via my newsfeed here. But it's a very dry and geeky zine. A beauty.
How could I get a copy?
The author's page is down :(

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first time I noticed this "collectives" feature in stack overflow, I clicked, and then, ah the word collectives has the trademark icon. urgh.

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Starting today and throughout this week the PIXELvienna 14 conference for computer graphics and animation is happening again (free and mostly online). We've got a fine selection of artist talks with Q&A, and I'm especially happy that more than half of our speakers this year are queer or female, something we failed to achieve last year.

Featured artwork in this post is from Nidia Dias, [M]Dudeck & Jan Urschel.

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A lovely Bulletin Board System program manual as lovely as would be expected from the editor/founder of the Iron Feather Journal, Steven Prothero.

Original tweet :

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Very very small instance for feminists. Right now this instance is moderated by Gaba & Anne & Mara open to people we know or recommended. If you would like to join send an email with a short introduction to gaba at and hi at