Magical Hackerism Web Residencies

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. We invite you to apply for a web residency and become part of the larger project Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resilience, as well as a rhizome/node of Futura Trōpica Netroots for a lateral exchange of situated knowledges.

During this six-week online residency, we 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.

Rather than requesting the formulation of a new project, the Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resilience 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. We 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 further practitioners.

+ Support collectives within the tropical belt that are building local/regional community networks or that are netting communities on a planetary level
+ Support LANscapes within the tropical belt so they could gather repositories of situated knowledges
+ Support with infrastructure so fellows can build a Futura Trōpica Rhizome that serves as a local community network
+ Display situated knowledges as digital Relational Gardens
+ Join the larger Futura Trōpica Netroots for InterTropical lateral exchange


The Netting Group & Jurors

Alejo Duque is an artist involved with collaborative/participatory arts that celebrate cultural agitation with a defined ethos and technosocial affects. His art practice is based on crossing video art and sound art with new, old and unstable media, as well as with open software and hardware. Alejandro is experienced in network based art ( and streaming technologies. He is a radio amateur with callsign -HK4ADJ- and holds a Phd in Media Philosophy (Switzerland). He is a founding member of networks such as Bricolabs, dorkbot, labSurlab, un\loquer and Pnode. Currently, he is active on and Coomunarte.

Czar Kristoff(Camarines Sur, Capricorn Earth Snake) is an artist, educator, designer, and publisher, interested in (re)construction of space and memory, through concepts of nesting and temporary architecture, for (pedagogical) occupation, using cottage industry publishing – blueprints, Xerox, and other low-fidelity printing methods – as his current media of interest. He has exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Showroom MAMA Rotterdam, Jogja National Museum, C3 Artspace Melbourne, Bangkok Arts and Culture Center, De Appel Amsterdam, Dansehallerne Copenhagen, and Vargas Museum Manila. Kristoff runs Temporary UnReLearning (URL) Academy, a school with no permanent address, interested in queering art and cultural production in the Philippines.

Neema Githere (they/she) is an artist and guerrilla theorist whose work explores love and indigeneity in a time of algorithmic debris. Having dreamt themselves into the world via the internet from an early age and subsequently traveled to more than twenty countries researching Black cultural production, Githere’s practice investigates digital Africanity through experiments that span public lectures, community organizing, curation, performance, and image-making.

Githere’s concept of Afropresentism – a term they coined in 2017 to explore diasporic embodiment in the age of Big Data – has influenced exhibitions from London to Lagos, and been profiled in BOMB magazine. Their experimental practice, data:healing, seeks to illuminate the links between technology, nature, and spirituality to investigate how working from this intersection can combat data trauma, a term coined by Olivia Ross.

In 2018, Githere left Yale University to pursue a path of unschooling, and has since lectured at cultural institutions and organizations across North America and Europe, including Studio Olafur Eliasson, Microsoft, and the Toronto Queer Film Festival.

Anderu Immaculate Mali a.k.a. Immy Mali lives and works in Kampala, Uganda. Using a variety of media including, text, video, sound, sculpture, installation, and animation, her work attempts to unpack the complexities and entanglements of memory and existence in a neo/postcolonial Uganda. Notions of presence and absence, personal memories of childhood growing up in Uganda juxtaposed with current personal and collective experiences of existence in shifting spaces and places also influence her work. Her ongoing project »Letters to my childhood« (2017–present) accords her the duality to engage with her past and present simultaneously.

She is a cofounder of Iraa The Granary, an experimental artist’s kitchen geared toward exploring the possibility of creating archival/memory systems of artists’ work relevant to the African context. In 2013, she obtained her BA in Industrial and Fine Arts from Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University, Kampala. She is an alumna of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2018–19). She has participated in exhibitions, residencies, and workshops online and in countries including Kenya, Netherlands, India, Ethiopia, Denmark, Germany, the United States, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, and Uganda. Her work has been published in art magazines including African Arts 2019.

Sahej Rahallives and works in Mumbai. In 2011, he graduated from the Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts & Crafts in Mumbai, majoring in painting. Sahej Rahal has since expanded his practice to explore a burgeoning mythology through installations, films, and performances. His work has been exhibited at the Kochi–Muziris Biennale 2014, the MACRO Museum in Rome/Italy, GALLERIA CONTINUA in Les Moulins/France, GASWORKS in London/Great Britain 2013, the Vancouver Biennale 2014, the Jewish Museum in New York, NY/USA, Art Stage Singapore, the Setouchi Triennale 2016 in Japan, and most recently as a part of the Liverpool Biennial 2016.

He is a recipient of Inlaks Fine Arts Award 2012, the IFA Critical Arts Practice grant 2014 and has been awarded the Forbes India Art Award 2014 for best debut show for his solo exhibition Forerunner at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, the Cove Park/Henry Moore Fellowship, 2017, Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship 2018, and most recently the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation Installation Art Grant, 2019, and Human Machine Fellowship, Akademie der Künste, 2020.

Morehshin Allahyari (Persian: موره شین اللهیاری‎) is a NY based Iranian-Kurdish artist using 3D simulation, video, sculpture, and digital fabrication as tools to re-figure myth and history. Through archival practices and storytelling, her work weaves together complex counternarratives in opposition to the lasting influence of Western technological colonialism in the context of SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa). Her work has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops at venues throughout the world, including the New Museum, MoMa, Centre Pompidou, Venice Biennale di Architecture, and Museum für Angewandte Kunst among many others. She is the recipient of The United States Artist Fellowship (2021), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2019), The Sundance Institute New Frontier International Fellowship (2019), and the Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Her artworks are in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Current Museum. She has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, Wired, National Public Radio, Parkett Art Magazine, Frieze, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Al Jazeera, among others..