Can we grow a new practice of computation? After completing the 2023 festival, our team will start the next part of the FIBER Reassemble Lab programme. This autumn is dedicated to Practising Permacomputing; a concept and a nascent community of practice-oriented around issues of resilience and regenerativity in computer and network technology derived, among others, from permaculture principles. As part of this community, space is offered to makers and thinkers in digital culture (and other connected areas) to put the fundamentals and applications of permacomputing into practice through a series of workshops, a meetup, and a concluding day of public presentations with guests. Join us to explore permacomputing futures!
Our goal is to work together towards (re)using digital technology within the boundaries of our planet, build upon ecological systems, and preparing for an adapted form of computation within the reality of a climate emergency. Learn how to reuse ‘obsolete’ computers and devices, explore what’s behind the walls of a data centre and connect plants and electronics.
Join us for one or more of our upcoming workshops, symposium and read all about it below!
What is permacomputing and why is it important?
Said with tongue in cheek, permacomputing is a radically slightly more sustainable approach to computer and network technology inspired by permaculture. It is both a concept and a small nascent community of practice-oriented around issues of resilience and regenerativity in digital technology derived, among others, from permaculture principles. In a time where computing epitomises industrial waste, permacomputing encourages the maximising of hardware lifespans, minimising energy use and focussing on the use of already available computational resources.
The current rapid expansion of digital ecosystems is only made possible by using natural resources. These resources are finite and build the very environment sustaining our lives. As such, we must treat them with care and insist on resurfacing their significance. By creating a community, skills, and methodology around these issues, we hope to build long-term resilience and agency. Practising Permacomputing is organised together with some active members of the permacomputing community and is part of FIBER’s wider programme Rewilding Computation.
Read more about permacomputing here.