Permacomputing in the Arts

Commercial Practices

Project details

  • Aymeric Mansoux
  • Partners

    RUAS Creating 010 kenniscentrum (NL), Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts (NO), Mikrolabs (NO), Varia (NL), Media Arts department at RHU (UK), Media Studies at UvA (NL), FIBER (NL)

    Project Leader
  • Aymeric Mansoux
  • Funding Program

    SIA Hbo-postdoc 2018-2022

    Duration2 years, April 2022 – March 2024
    Affiliated activities
  • A Future of Internets
  • Floppy Disk Fever panel
  • Mindless Computations
  • NoisyLeaks! exhibition
  • On Permacomputing Aesthetics at Iterations
  • Permacomputing edit-a-thon at Varia
  • Permacomputing introduction at ZineCamp
  • Permacomputing wiki, Damaged Earth Catalog, and more
  • Pick & Mix ETHO conference
  • Reassemble Lab 5: Practising Permacomputing 13-10-23 – 02-12-23

  • My postdoctoral esearch investigates the concept of permacomputing, a blend of the words permaculture and computing, as a potential field of convergence of technology, arts, environmental research and activism, and as a subject of future school curricula in art and design. This concept originated in online subcultures, and is currently restricted to creative coding communities. I study in what way permacomputing principles may be used to redefine how art and design education is taught. More generally, I want to research the potential of permacomputing as a critical, sustainable, and practical alternative to the way digital technology is being taught in art education, where students mostly rely on tools and techniques geared towards maximising productivity and mass consumption. This situation is at odds with goals for sustainable production and consumption.

    I want to research to what degree the concept of permacomputing can be broadened and applied to critically revised, more sustainable ways of making computing part of art and design education and professional practice.


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