“Avantwhatever.net Server Residencies”
We undertake hosting as creative and social practice, helping people to host their own stuff online and to develop shared server practices. We engage with the internet as material reality, from the technology employed, to the energy used, and country occupied.
Avantwhatever.net runs a server on unceded Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung country. The server uses a low power Raspberry Pi 3 computer, running on 100% renewable power and free and open source (FOSS) software.
Caretakers Mateus, Rory, Patrick, BF and Ben collectively administer Avantwhatever.net, as a domain, server and residency.
Mateus Domingos likes to build and break experimental digital tools and practices, often involving networks and usually text-based.
Rory Green is a poet, editor and casual coder currently living on unceded Wangal land.
Patrick Hase enjoys tinkering with digital interfaces, and is interested in continuing to develop a creative and experimental approach to building tools with code that can be shared with others.
BF gardens, listens and learns. On the server, they 😶🌫️ and 🌙.
Ben Byrne is a listener, organiser and teacher who is learning about sysadmin and trying to connect it with curating as a way of building and supporting creative communities.
We can be contacted at Email.
We are currently taking applications for server residencies beginning January 2023.
Avantwhatever.net will host 2-4 residents at a time. Each resident will receive a AU$1,000 payment at the beginning of their residency.
Residencies will begin in mid-January 2023 and end in March 2023.
After an introductory tour of the server, you will receive a login. You will then be free to remotely connect to the server and use it for creative exploration, experimentation, learning, and research.
Currently the server is accessible via ssh, and supports standard web hosting using an Apache web server to host sites written in HTML, CSS and JS, as well as the use of nodejs to run webapps written in JS. It runs Etherpad-Lite for shared documents and video conferencing, and a web forum for asynchronous messaging. We use command line interfaces to administer the server, and can help residents in beginning to use these tools and exploring what they make possible. We are open to adding further services as needed and possible, and welcome anyone who wants to learn what any and all of the above are, and what the server affords beyond web publishing with a commercial web hosting provider.
Weekly informal catchups with fellow residents and caretakers will provide space to share your work, if and when you want to, and receive support with what you are working on, and what you want to learn. You can also share or request information/guidance asynchronously via our dedicated web forum.
By the end of your two-month residency, we ask that you contribute something to the server. This might take the form of creative works, documented learnings, shareable code, tools, or something we can't even imagine yet. The contribution can be as small or specific as you like, and will emerge through your time with the server. The Avantwhatever.net server residency is focused on learning and process, and you are not expected to start with preconceived project ideas.
“How to Apply”
Email Email with the subject 'Avantwhatever.net Application' and brief responses to the following:
- What occupies you? Tell us about yourself, your life and/or your practice.
- Where are you located?
- How do you exist online currently?
- What makes you curious to undertake a server residency?
- We currently meet on Sunday evening AEDT/Sunday morning UTC for about an hour. Are you available then? If not, when are you typically available for online meetings?
- Is there anything we could provide that would help you undertake the residency, beyond what's outlined here?
Please also provide links and attachments you would like to share, but this is not required.
You're welcome to submit responses in any form of your choosing, eg. text/audio/video, in the body of the email or attached where appropriate.
We welcome applications from individuals and creative partnerships, in which case the above questions should be answered by all involved, and submitted as one email.
Please email the address above if you have any questions.
Applications must be submitted by midnight on December 14 in your timezone.
We will contact applicants with the result of your application by December 20.
Avantwhatever.net's inaugural server residents were Rory Green and Mateus Domingos.
Rory spent their Avantwhatever.net server residency researching for a prospective syllabus on making poems with web browsers. You can view Rory's research notes online. Mateus's presence on Avantwhatever.net can be found at motes.avantwhatever.net.
Read about their residency experiences in Mateus and Rory's text conversation.
Ben, Patrick and BF are delighted that both Rory and Mateus have joined the caretaker team as we prepare for 2023 residencies.