A Nourishing Network

Art Meets Radical Openness over A Nourishing Network

How do thoughts and knowledge spread through a network? At which speed do ideas flourish at their best? And which routes will they take to reach individuals and groups of a distributed and undefined community of intents?

In this last weeks of 2020, AMRO20 – Of Whirlpools and Tornadoes continues in the form of A Nourishing Network, a publication format where to keep on discussing about the current impact of internet technologies and platforms, envisioning sustainable models for infrastructure, and how how such models clash with the current techno-solutionist trends.

A Nourishing Network is a publishing project that documents and circulates current research done by a network of artists, activists and programmers that collaborate with the Austrian net culture initiative servus.at. Especially in this moment of reduced mobility and physical encounters, we are excited to launch this playful publishing experiment!

The publishing feed is produced as a hybrid publishing process and is realised by Manetta Berends and Alice Strete from Varia (https://varia.zone), a collective-space in Rotterdam working with/through/on everyday technologies.

You can subscribe to the digital and/or postal feed and activate a stream of essays that will reach you in the coming months.

Subscribe to the feed: https://a-nourishing-network.radical-openness.org/


The feeds emerged in response to the following three departure points:

Another lost occasion for degrowth?

At the beginning many thought that the spring lockdowns of 2020 might have been a great opportunity to embrace less impactful lifestyles and production models. As soon as the measurements loosened up, the level of consumption rose to pre-lockdowns levels. Was the emerging environmental awareness overshadowed by a „sort of“ return to normality?

Re-centralization or blooming alternatives?

During the first wave of lockdown, data-avid proprietary services gained a more central role within online ecosystems and daily life. Faced with this new context, communities dealing with free and open source software continued to work on alternative platform models. What happened? And what could be further explored?

Artdiversity loss: is now Zoom the best art gallery 2020?

In 2020 many cultural initiatives were forced to shift towards online videocalls, where often the materiality of bodies and matter is deprioritised. As the spectrum of technical possibilities offered by (centralised) digital platforms currently shape and actively format the field of the arts, how can we make space to experiment with alternative formats?


The network nourishes her subscribers at irregular times and will provide means to her readers to further disseminate the material in different networked ways.