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boattr.uk VR360 feature documentary film for after progress exhibition

The VR360 feature documentary film titled Off-network low-impact living on the cut, to be published here on boattr.uk, for the launch of the after progress exhibition, will tell the story of the researchers’ journey on the narrow-boat Quintessence (boattr.uk) on the British Waterways, looking into off-network, local network use of technologies, as a low-impact living on the cut. The ‘boattr – living on the cut’ immersive film depicts the cut and canals of the British Waterways as a digital urban commons, through the artists’ journey on the narrow boat ‘Quintessence’ and the development of the ‘boattr’ prototype in collaboration with MAZI (for “together” in Greek), a Horizon2020 research project. Having operated the boattr.uk, mazizone and 7061 art project over three years, this story, in form of a VR360 film, documents the development of this research.



Photos by Natascha Sturny, are showcasing canal life in combination with the boattr prototype by Adnan Hadzi.

With the evolution the moving image inserted itself into broader, everyday use, but also extended its patterns of effect and its aesthetical language. Video has become pervasive, importing the principles of “tele-” and “cine-” into the human and social realm, thereby also propelling “image culture” to new heights and intensities. The boattr VR360 film makes use of video as theory, reflecting the structural and qualitative re-evaluation it aims at discussing design and organisational level. In accordance with the qualitatively new situation video is set in, the VR360 film presents a multi-dimensional matrix which constitutes the virtual logical grid of the boattr project.

The boattr DIY infrastructures offer a unique set of special affordances for local services to the narrow boat community, outside the public Internet: the ownership and control of the whole design process that promotes independence and grass-roots innovation rather than fear of data shadows; the de facto physical proximity of those connected without the need for disclosing private location information, such as GPS coordinates, to third parties; the easy and inclusive access through the use of a local captive portal launched automatically when one joins the network; the option for anonymous interactions; and the materiality of the network itself.

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boattr 360 – cultural heritage of the canals

This 360 video installation lets the audience experience the ‘boattr’ project through a VR headset, and access the boattr micro-computer book over any WiFi enabled device. The installation encompasses two photographic triptychs showcasing canal life, a seating representing a narrow boat’s bow on which the viewer can sit and immerse into a journey on the narrow boat Quintessence. Experience the British Waterways through accessing boattr with your WiFi enabled device over the WiFi SSID ‘boattr’.

This is a seven minutes pre-view version of the boattr VR360 film. The longer 25 minutes version shall be produced for, and premiered at the after progress exhibition. See technical rider for information on how to set up the boattr 360 installation.

The installation translates online modes into physical matter (micro computer), thereby reflecting on logics of new formats – by rendering a dynamic, open structure, allowing for access to the boattr micro-computer book over the ‘boattr’ WiFi SSID. One of the missing features of the mazizone for the boattr community was a second radio on board of the Raspberry Pi 3. Now with the last version of the RaspberryPi 4 this missing link is being offered on the board of the microcomputer. With two antennas it is now possible to use one as an access point and the other to network the box into a mesh network, allowing for boats passing by to sync up with each other.This would allow for the British Waterways to become a safe haven for the bargee community, turning the canal network into a public, radical open access, library. The memory of the world project, aaargh, science hub, and similar projects could be hosted on such a mesh network. Currently Marcel Mars is working on a second edition of the ‘public library‘ book with Lawrence Liang, for which Marcel seeks contributions reflecting “on library as strategic and tactical ground,politically, economically, epistemologically. “…” So, this volume delves also into the imaginary and what Lawrence called carnal librarian-ship, but we wish to avoid either going into typical Borgesian imaginary of radical potentiality or into trying to imagine overhasty nostrums what public libraries need to turn themselves into to legitimate their economic existence.”

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boattr.uk book published with MUTE Publishing

Digital Arts on the British Waterways  This boat book documents our journey on our narrowboat ‘Quintessence’ and the development of the boattr prototype in collaboration with MAZI (for “together” in Greek), a Horizon 2020 research project. Boattr connects narrow boats to the ‘Internet-of-Things’ and allows for open wireless mesh-networking within the narrow boat community, by using affordable microcomputers. The main goal of this project is to provide technology and knowledge that aims to 1) empower those narrow boats who are in physical proximity, to shape their hybrid urban space, together, according to the specificities of the respective local environment, and 2) foster participation, conviviality, and location-based collective awareness of the canals. This is an edited collection of assembled and annotated boat logs, photographs and video essays, manifested, in a scholarly gesture, as a ‘computer book‘.

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DRHA installation: boattr 360 – cultural heritage of the canals

This 360 video installation lets the conference visitor experience the ‘boattr’ project through a VR headset, and access the boattr micro-computer book over any WiFi enabled device. The installation encompasses a photographic triptych showcasing canal life, a seating representing a narrow boat’s bow on which the viewer can sit and immerse into a journey on the narrow boat Quintessence.With the evolution the moving image inserted itself into broader, everyday use, but also extended its patterns of effect and its aesthetical language. Video has become pervasive, importing the principles of “tele-” and “cine-” into the human and social realm, thereby also propelling “image culture” to new heights and intensities.The boattr 360 installation makes use of video as theory, reflecting the structural and qualitative re-evaluation it aims at discussing design and organisational level. In accordance with the qualitatively new situation video is set in, the installation presents a multi-dimensional matrix which constitutes the virtual logical grid of the boattr project. The installation translates online modes into physical matter (micro computer), thereby reflecting on logics of new formats – by rendering a dynamic,open structure, allowing for access to the boattr micro-computer book over the ‘boattr’ WiFi SSID.The boattr DIY infrastructures offer a unique set of special affordances for local services to the narrow boat community, outside the public Internet: the ownership and control of the whole design process that promotes independence and grass-roots innovation rather than fear of data shadows; thede facto physical proximity of those connected without the need for disclosing private location information, such as GPS coordinates, to third parties; the easy and inclusive access through the use of a local captive portal launched automatically when one joins the network; the option for anonymous interactions; and the materiality of the network itself.

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DRHA paper: boattr – towpath as urban commons

During the DRHA 2018 conference Adnan gave the paper “boattr – towpath as urban commons”. This paper discusses the towpath of the British Waterways as a digital urban commons, through the researcher’s journey on the narrow boat ‘Quintessence’ and the development of the ‘boattr’ prototype in collaboration with MAZI (for “together” in Greek), a Horizon2020 research project. The boattr project connects narrow boats to the ‘Internet-of-Things’ and allows for open wireless mesh-networking within the narrow boat community, by using affordable microcomputers. The paper analyses the technology and knowledge that aims to 1) empower those narrow boats who are in physical proximity, to shape their hybrid urban space, together, according to the specificities of the respective local environment, and 2) foster participation, conviviality, and location-based collective awareness of the canals.The paper looks into capabilities offered by Do-It-Yourself networking infrastructures – low-cost off-the-shelf hardware and wireless technologies – and how small communities or individuals can deploy local communication networks that are fully owned by local actors, including all generated data. These DIY networks could cover from a small square (e.g., using a Raspberry Pi) to a city neighborhood (e.g., RedHook initiative) or even a whole city (e.g., guifi.net), and in the case of boattr the towpath of the canal network. Boattr integrates existing Free and Open Source Software software (like those under development by the P2Pvalue project, mobile sensing devices, and recent developments in open data and open hardware), allowing it to be appropriated by different non-expert users according to their respective context and use case.This paper is being proposed in combination with a 360 installation, alongside a running boattr prototype, and the boattr micro-computer book launch (see boattr 360 installation proposal). The conference visitors will be able to experience boattr through a VR headset, and access the boattr prototype and book over any WiFi enabled device.

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boattr MAZIzone mesh network: British Waterways as safe havens – a future outlook

Having operated the boattr, mazizone and 7061 art project over the past three years, we try to give a possible future outlook of a possible development of this research. One of the missing features of the mazizone for the boattr community was a second radio on board of the Raspberry Pi 3. Now with the last version of the Raspberry Pi this missing link is being offered on the board of the microcomputer. With two antennas it is now possible to use one as an access point and the other to network the box into a mesh network, allowing for boats passing by to sync up with each other.

This would allow for the British Waterways to become a safe haven for the bargee community, turning the canal network into a public library. The memory of the world project, aaargh, science hub, and similar projects could be hosted on such a mesh network. Currently Marcel Mars is working on a second edition of the ‘public library‘ book with Lawrence Liang. here is

Marcel Mars wrote:
“We’re seeking contributions that reflect on library as strategic and tactical ground, politically, economically, epistemologically. That engage with it from its ideation, material and institutional aspects, both historic and present. Coming at it from the angle of media theory, literary theory, political history, political economy, experimental writing. When discussing initially, our co-editor Lawrence Liang said that our first Public Libray book was on (public) library as a fighting concept, while this one should be about (public) library as dancing or laughing concept. So, this volume delves also into the imaginary and what Lawrence called carnal librarian-ship, but we wish to avoid either going into typical Borgesian imaginary of radical potentiality or into trying to imagine overhasty nostrums what public libraries need to turn themselves into to legitimate their economic existence.”

On the 26th of June 2018 the centre for postdigital studies at Coventry University organised a workshop on this very topic, entitled ‘Radical Open Access II – The Ethics of Care‘.

Organised by Coventry University’s postdigital arts and humanities research studio, The Post Office, a project of the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. Two days of critical discussion about creating a more diverse and equitable future for open access.

Radical Open Access II is about developing an ethics of care. Care with regard to:

  • our means of creating, publishing and communicating research;
  • our working conditions;
  • our relations with others.

Radical Open Access II aims to move the debate over open access on from two issues in particular:

THE QUESTION OF ACCESS. At first sight it may seem rather odd for a conference on open access to want to move on from this question. But as Sci-Hub, aaaarg, libgen et al. show, the debate over access has largely been won by shadow-libraries, who are providing quick and easy access to vast amounts of published research. Too much of the debate over ‘legitimate’ forms of open access now seems to be about how to use the provision of access to research as a means of exercising forms of governmental and commercial control (via audits, metrics, discourses of transparency and so on).

THE OA MOVEMENT’S RELUCTANCE TO ENGAGE RIGOROUSLY WITH THE KIND OF CONCERNS THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED ELSEWHERE IN SOCIETY. This includes climate change, the environment, and the damage that humans are doing to the planet (i.e. the Anthropocene). But it also takes in debates over different forms:
of organising labour (e.g. platform cooperativism);
of working – such as those associated with ideas of post-work, the sharing and gig economies, and Universal Basic Income;
of being together – see the rise of interest in the Commons, and in experiments with horizontalist, leaderless ways of self-organizing such as those associated with the Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and the Dakota Standing Rock Sioux protests.

Background

In 2015 the inaugural international Radical Open Access Conference addressed an urgent question: how should we set about reclaiming open access from its corporate take-over, evident not least in the rise of A/BPC models based on the charging of exorbitant, unaffordable and unsustainable publishing fees from scholars and their institutions? The conference saw participants calling for the creation of new forms of communality, designed to support the building of commons-based open access publishing infrastructures, and promote a more diverse, not-for-profit eco-system of scholarly communication. With these calls in mind, the Radical Open Access Collective (ROAC) was formed immediately following the 2015 conference as a horizontal alliance between like-minded groups dedicated to the sharing of skills, tools and expertise. Since then it has grown to a community of over 40 scholar-led, not-for-profit presses, journals and other projects. The members of this alliance are all invested in reimaging publishing. And what’s more, are committed to doing so in a context where debates over access—which in many respects have been resolved by the emergence of shadow libraries such as Sci-Hub—are increasingly giving way to concerns over the commercial hegemony of academic publishing. So much so that the issue addressed by the 2015 conference—how can open access be taken back from its corporate take-over? —now seems more urgent than ever.

In June 2018, Coventry University’s postdigital arts and humanities research centre, The Post Office, will convene a second Radical Open Access conference, examining the ways in which open access is being rendered further complicit with neoliberalism’s audit culture of evaluation, measurement, impact and accountability. Witness the way open access has become a top-down requirement – quite literally a ‘mandate’ – rather than a bottom-up scholar-led movement for change. Taking as its theme The Ethics of Care, the concern of this second conference will be on moving away from those market-driven incentives that are frequently used to justify open access, to focus instead on the values that underpin many of the radical open access community’s experiments in open publishing and scholarly communication. In particular, it will follow the lead of Mattering Press, a founding member of the ROAC, in exploring how an ethics of care can help to counter the calculative logic that otherwise permeates academic publishing.

What would a commitment to more ethical forms of publishing look like? Would such an ethics of care highlight the importance of:

  • Making publishing more diverse and equitable – geographically, but also with respect to issues of class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality?
  • Nurturing new and historically under-represented cultures of knowledge – those associated with early career, precariously employed and para-academics, or located outside the global North and West?
  • Ensuring everyone is able to have a voice – not least those writing on niche or avant-garde topics or who are conducting hybrid, multimodal, post-literary forms of research, and who are currently underserved by our profit-focused commercial publishing system?

Indeed, for many members of the ROAC, a commitment to ethics entails understanding publishing very much as a complex, multi-agential, relational practice, and thus recognising that we have a responsibility to all those involved in the publishing process. Caring for the relationships involved throughout this process is essential, from rewarding or otherwise acknowledging people fairly for their labour, wherever possible, to redirecting our volunteer efforts away from commercial profit-driven entities in favour of supporting more progressive not-for-profit forms of publishing. But it also includes taking care of the nonhuman: not just the published object itself, but all those animals, plants and minerals that help to make up the scholarly communication eco-system.

Radical Open Access II is community-driven, and is being co-organised and co-curated by various members of the ROAC in a collaborative manner. It includes panels on topics as diverse as: Predatory Publishing; The Geopolitics of Open; Competition and Cooperation; Humane Metrics/Metrics Noir; Guerrilla Open Access; The Poethics of Scholarship; and Care for the Commons. The conference is free to attend and will also be live streamed for those who are unable to be there in person.
Speakers and Co-curators

Speakers: Denisse Albornoz, Janneke Adema, Laurie Allen, Angel Octavio Alvarez Solís, Bodó Balázs, Kirsten Bell, George Chen, Jill Claassen, Joe Deville, Maddalena Fragnito, Valeria Graziano, Eileen Joy, Chris Kelty, Christopher Long, Kaja Marczewska, Frances McDonald, Gabriela Méndez-Cota, Samuel Moore, Tahani Nadim, Christopher Newfield, Sebastian Nordhoff, Lena Nyahodza, Alejandro Posada, Reggie Raju, Václav Štětka, Whitney Trettien

Co-curators: Culture Machine, Mattering Press, Memory of the World/Public Library, meson press, Open Humanities Press, punctum books, POP

Below some notes and thoughts coming out of this workshop, which might be useful for the future development of the boattr project.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Questions: What infrastructure do we need (legal, societal, technical, economic)? What interventions can we make now? What libraries + havens can we build?

0. Examples (-200-0y)

  • Archives: https://interferencearchive.org/ , http://56a.org.uk/archive-2/
  • Tiny rehostable? services: textb/chatb/?.org, etherpad, riseup.
  • Design of public unis + libraries as parts of society
  • Artistic capture, framing, aligning. Paolo’s dataventions; Vincent’s new world installations

1. Interventions (0-5y)

  • Distros: torrents for indexes and core/public pieces. Hardware distro for library nodes, ~50T of public/sci data.
    –> curate, package for long-term archiving on 7 continents. [which libs do this now? siloing of digital coll’ns]
  • Add robustness: ensure there are [haven] options for each level of the stack. expand mirroring, tagging (see 2d c.o. letter) –> add flavors of archive with similar tools but different curation + audience focus
  • Add transparency: track which components lock-in and which support full export
  • Advisory net on legal matters, jurisdictional comparisons
  • precarious knowledge as such!
  • fake news, post truth.
  • free software > community > exclusivity
  • liberalism in constitution of free software.
  • How to avoid homogenous filter bubbles? [pushing against F? parallel platforms?]
  • Improve and expand lists, roadmaps, proposed futures. (including this set of Ex/Intervention/Infra/Havens)
  • Find people in other places (S.V., Hong Kong)
  • Decent unofficial piratelib w/ index sharing //
  • Organize/ seed the idea of forking workshops that teach people how to maintain + run a functional fork of services or archives

2. Infrastructure (2-10y)

  • for whom are we building this, who is/will use it?
  • Archive centers + nets: Physical locations
  • Robust social networks + identity: an ecosystem of decent options. –> w/ security; autonomy?; freeness; funding our community;
  • Reduce the possibility of alternatives while increasing parallel implementations of same?
  • Independent bug tracker for 3rd party tools/projects [even if the devs don’t track it]
  • Develop highly textured coalitions: big + small public + privte insts; corps, gov, founds, chs, unis, pub libraries. Reduce sensitivity to shifts in centralized support and public sentiment.
  • Develop direct-support networks connecting individuals to program channels.

3. Havens, libraries, archives, federations (5-100y)

  • IArch has ~10PB. We need larger storage
  • Clouds: we need haven cloud services; beyond G, MSFT, AMZN. Ex: Canada’s SSP public cloud services
  • Networks: translation, mirror renewing/copying, transport, jurisdictional

4. Trust networks, advisors, Other:

  • Governance… of what? Different flavors of movement: spiritual, named + gathering, local doocracy, regional cardinality, figurehead, project identity [RC], platform identity [OSM]
  • Acceleration: traditional coping mechanisms totally replaced by whatever happens now instead. Unhelpful frame, projection, discussion.
  • Counterproposal to minimum income: free universal access to knowledge (to improve self-learning)
  • People available to advise on these issues; early web of trust for guidance, hosting, &c.
  • current lists of archivists + custodians: archivists.info, wikiteam, archiveteam, cust.online, —

5. GENERAL NOTES

  • Furtherfield work: Artists Rethinking Blockchain
  • Blockchain-arts lab, in The Park: communal platforming and solidarity
  • Hosted launch of London faircoop? Coin?
  • CommonCoin: http://www.macaomilano.org/spip.php?rubrique114
  • close to OpenCoop Ecosystem [for ‘next econ spaces’]
  • Gary wrote Pirate Philosophy, gathered people who were interested, want more, not interested in being blindly appropriated.
  • Eileen/Vincent @ Punctum joining in the aft.

6. DATA REFUGES

  • value + vulnerability. most important thing to build for the next time; **Make the Lists** of what there is to archive, how often + hoe prioritized.
  • List types: Organizations, Categories of information + their formats, Named datasets (+freq of updates), Specific directories/files (+scripts for snapshotting each)
  • Everyone was worried; what they worried about varied widely. Needed feedback + bootstrapping to align language.
  • Initial approaches; Lists by /a.Format or size/, /b.Agency producing it/, /c.Classification under fed records law/, /d.Value + vulnerability/
  • Exs: Big mirroring partnersips limits d. Some gov groups only self-report their archival status, raising d.
  • Subcats of d. : Legal, Tech, Political vulnerability; Use & uniqueness of data.
  • Meta: what projects have tackled this? Longevity, persistence? Include gov orgs. [EDGI, Data Together] …
  • Priorities: Census data is the most important, reused. But has strict legal reqs, it’s already housed + mirrored. EPA data rose to the top.
  • Process: Non-hackers were given a sub-agency level org, and would hand-scrape the website. a) can Wayback capture the page? if so, Chrome plugin. b) add to queue to scrape.
  • If we could have institutionalized registering of data (somehow), CDL and others would have loved that.
    –> create hashes of content and metadata; human- and machine-readable; include in an institutionally-supported registry
  • We used “bag-it” as a toolchain for stating who had found and bagged it; and had a way to note someone had done a spotcheck. There was no formal web of trust, sneakernet, keysigning, or even workflow capture.

7. Future desires:

  • Someone w/ technical chops could automate reviewing different systems to autogenerate a guess at a list.
    Data.gov is a bad overview; metadata is not complete. Two people created the system that includes 95k datasets.
    DAT project member proposed something that CDL did. 1. Mirror data.gov first; get volunteers to improve its machine-readable metadata. [they use Fed data.json] 2. Take easy things and put it somewhere safe (new international mirror) –> IPFS style 3. prioritize the rest…
  • Current status of D.R.
  • Reps came from CDL, Moz, NARA, NOAA, data.gov, and m.m.m.m. more (!) DAT, COS, Dataverse, DLF, Hathi, ICPSR, LOC, New America, 10+ library networks.
  • All enthusiastic and encouraging, but noone carried the torch forward. Project continues very quietly: to unpack and clean up data gathered.

8. Related tools

  • DAT and SecureScuttlebutt; is there dialogue? D.R. was exhausted by its first year.
  • Coders + institutions have interest; where to connect?
  • Compare source verification and stamping for PanamaPapers and similar drops; groups providing, receiving, verifying are quite unaccountable. Bad actors are both hard to identify in the chain, and hard to recognize even after. [you always have the risk that any given source is bad, but hope the rest of the chain is good + ‘multiple’ sources can strengthen claims of independence]

9. Comments

  • Jan: ‘you can’t get away from possibility of error when inside science you already have to trust each of the steps in the research reporting and analysis’ (needs UL chat! -sj)
  • Legal risks: What happened to various projects?
  • Naps, Flickr, PirateBay, YT, AARG, Gigaped, MVid, SHb, txtf, ? –> what happens in various cases; who documents outcomes; who provides roadmaps and guidance (PB: jailtime)
  • Mama and Riseup: no money in service provision (it seems), nothing to learn from doing it (it seems), when things break sometimes it’s just too much to keep up + people revert to standard commercial sources. (note how each of those service providers filtered who could get service; assuming they had to be worthy of voluntary time, &c)
  • SJ – There are institutions that are good at absorbing risks, including companies and foundations. But, they often don’t look risky because they don’t get in trouble. Youtube would be an example of a company that decided to not care about the legal implications of sharing videos that were not cleared in terms of copyrights.
  • The wikimedians are the most aggressive enforcers of copyright. They’re not taking on risk there. Wiki absorbed risk very well when censorship threats emerged from governments. The foundation created a legal fund, and that’s been relatively successful. Sometimes risk absorbtion just looks like organizations raising their hand, who have a lawyer on staff, and saying they’ll support that.
  • We maybe haven’t built the personal networks that would put the willing institutions in touch with the risk takers.
  • Universities, when they’re functioning as they should, do absorb the risk of their participants. Universities haven’t done enough to get connected to public knowledge networks. Boston University & MIT
  • We have not successfully built yet a network that connects institutions who care enough or absorb some of the risks and the legal costs and the activists.
  • Universities and their libraries have extra protections around knowledge production and dissemination missions that they can use in this sense.
  • MIT + ? set up a legal advise centre formally to help students who might get into any kind of trouble, but actually anyone with a university affiliation can access their services and they do not report to the university, thus they would defend you, not the interests of the council.
  • Connecting archival libraries with IT departments to create a more long-term storage solution for the data
  • MIT has the only one which has a ‘good of the world’ mandate. In the US, public libraries which would have that kind of mandate are being massively defunded.
  • Gary on Unis: You need institutions to take on risk; and to question common sense (long-term exploration of contrarian ideas) — are unis no longer quite that place? Some but not others?
  • I worked on an open journal, open publishing; but not experimenting too much w/ the legitimacy of (c) or taking it too far. Curious what everyone here thinks about unis being / becoming (again?) the place to study things you can’t do elsewhere. [Aside: Audit culture is horrible, but the nice thing it only tracks the numbers and doesn’t complain about details.]
  • Q: genuine concern re: divisions of power in institutions, what we can accomplish, whether people are living meaningful lives anymore. Does this worry you?
  • A: some big US institutions worry about this [re: OA and other]; Oxbridge don’t care about the core metrics, and are weirdly decentralized (via colleges).
  • /just/ working on projects and not on the underlying politics may not be viable. looking at who works and studies here, lack of scholarships, changes how you tink about this entirely. [Highlighting point: staff researcher also notes the significance of this; more support might help people stay who elsewise bounce out. Adjuncts and students who otherwise have to leave. Lack of compassion for difference circumstance (and willingness to take tuition for people not helped by) also drives out.]
  • WP style: think in terms of forking launching your own version of everything. Universities; Clouds; Digital libraries.
  • DPLA similarly: revisit plan to hold all digital books 2y after publication? had to refactor and move away from boldness to something almost invisible. [but within that new project scope: constructed opt-in volunteary net of thousands of libraries]
  • Morning debate: over different approaches to discourse, planning, framing solidarity: in context of university, and of tech design. –> was discussion at EOD yesterday just complaining? tiring rather than inspiring to some [largely those maintaining/running tech infra w/ different views of obstacles or risks, and what mutual support we need here from one another]
  • Instance of solidarity: Vincent on /New World Summit/ & Embassy: Architecture influences discussion and perception; 60% of experience? As does context setting. We set clear goals in advance, w/ architect and presenters (all coming from their own contexts) Ex: inviting people who never get to speak w/o intervention, and then requiring no comments from the audience. [Discussion at the event: among people focused on solidarity via armed or nonviolent struggle, w. those on the opposite end of the spectrum; all blacklisted from some places for their work] –> led to Ideological Planetarium… and in Rojava the kurds invited the architect to construct their new parliament building.
  • Other instances: active vocal support for people in crisis. or engaging in problematic spaces (scholkitch!)
  • don’t let those feeling the heat be alone. don’t make them leave; share their condition; extend the circle of those affected.
  • express that people in trouble are [the same] as us. ex: custodians online.
  • Remember the Princely notion of ownership-relation: merely an indication that you are useful to [a thing you own], maintaining or supporting it.
  • Make [scholarly] books beautiful. There’s no love in acad. publishing; people aren’t motivated to make it look good. We’re going to be a print publisher.
  • Just showing up when someone is being treated unustly is an essential form of support. With them to help them, also [in the face of] those opposing them. “I spend time in places with proprietary publishers, I am sometimes loud and vocal and a bit rude, and some people complain and challenge me; but many others write me and say thank you.”
  • We can do much more in framing knowldge, written text, as political activity.
  • We should make this more a part of our communication: we create new and onnexistent forms of data, evidence, which then become the same category of content: impossible to preserve.
  • Can be irresponsible to entrust any particular subset of digital records to a single entity: how do we quantify robustness?
  • Imagine having a set of 50+ groups focused on different kinds of material (say, parallel to books)?
  • Q: can we organize Fork workshops teaching people to fork and host archives or services that they love and rely on?
  • A: maybe yes. Hypothes.is support this : investing in replication. [as part of the family] –> bring together some funders, someone from the tech team of the orig service, and ppl who want to learn
  • Amortizing the risk of relying on institutions [which have credibility but can disappear centrally as well, or be infiltrated and edited in place]
  • not ipfs? itfs taofs, see: https://tahoe-lafs.org/
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Anchor & Hope at Valletta Filmfestival

Today we went to see the premier of Anchor & Hope by La Panda Production at the Valletta Filmfestival. To our surprise a former bargee neighbor Natalia was playing one of the lead roles.



Eva, Kat’s and Roger have been friends since their student years back in Barcelona. Now separated, they all look back with nostalgia at the little family they created. Eva and Kat’s humble but carefree existence on their boat on London’s Regent’s Canal gets turned on its head when Eva presents her lover with an ultimatum: 38-year old Eva wants to have a child.

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Journey from Stockton to Flecknoe

Summary

This is a trip of 7 miles, 6 furlongs and 13 locks from Bascote Bridge No 27 to Flecknoe Bridge No 102.

This will take 4 hours and 53 minutes.

From Bascote Bridge No 27 travel east on the Grand Union Canal (Warwick and Napton Canal) for 4 miles, 7¾ furlongs and 13 locks to Napton Junction, then travel northeast on the Grand Union Canal (Oxford Canal Section) for 2 miles, 6½ furlongs to Flecknoe Bridge No 102.

Route

Grand Union Canal (Warwick and Napton Canal)
From Bascote Bridge No 27 (Bascote Road) to:
Stockton Lock No 11 1 mile, 3¼ furlongs, 2 locks
Stockton Top Lock No 4 Having passed through Stockton Locks. 3½ furlongs, 7 locks
Willow Wren Training Centre

Also known as Charles Nelson Cement Works, Nelson’s Wharf
4¾ furlongs, 1 lock
Ventnor Marina (Sunrise Basin)

The larger of the two Ventnor Marina basins. @Calcutt Lane, Stockton, Rugby, Warwickshire
1 mile, 5¼ furlongs, 0 locks
Calcutt Bottom Lock No 3 1¼ furlongs, 0 locks
Calcutt Top Lock No 1

Calcutt Boats

Having passed through Calcutt Locks.

1 furlong, 2 locks
Napton Junction

Junction of Grand Union and Oxford Canals
4½ furlongs, 1 lock
Grand Union Canal (Oxford Canal Section)
From Napton Junction (Junction of Grand Union and Oxford Canals) to:
Wigrams Turn Marina a few yards, 0 locks
Lower Shuckburgh Bridge No 104

Shuckburgh. Also known as Jacksons Bridge
1 mile, 4½ furlongs, 0 locks
Flecknoe Bridge No 102

Flecknoe Village half a mile southeast
1 mile, 2 furlongs, 0 locks

Totals

Total distance is 7 miles, 6 furlongs and 13 locks Today’s travel includes at least 1 small aqueduct or underbridge.

This is made up of 7 miles, 6 furlongs of broad canals; 13 broad locks.

This will take 4 hours and 53 minutes.

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Journal

Good bye Kingswood…

It’s 29 June and we said good bye to Kingswood Basin and the people there. The sky was grey and so was the water. It wasn’t easy the last few days with Quintessence are upon us. The boater life is about to end, abruptly.

We started early and headed towards Hatton Locks, as a first hurdle we had to pass 21 wide locks, good we went downwards. We had a boat ahead of us, meaning we can team up with them. It’s easier to work those locks together, which we did and off we went, down the first lock.

It all went smoothly until we were supposed to start the engine to steer out of the lock. Only a sad puff puff puff was heard from ours. It wouldn’t start, Quintessence was on strike. This was a difficult moment, what now?

The only thing we could do was to double up with our fellow boaters who were really kind and agreed. It wasn’t best practice to do such a thing as it makes navigation in the lock basins difficult for boats coming from the bottom, but we had no other choice.

The good news was that we did the locks in just about two hours, that was probably some kind of a record breaking time. At least for our fellow boaters… for us navigating the Hatton Locks was the first and the last time.

We had to call the canal emergency and fix a point where a technician could come and look at the engine. We agreed to wait just before the Saltisford Arm where our fellow boaters had their fixed mooring, they kindly pulled us all the way there. The technician came and fixed the problem within 10 minutes! An electrical wire connected to the engine was loose, that was it. Silly but nonetheless – better such an easy issue than a major one. And we continued cruising. It was drizzling most of the day, the weather suited our mood it seemed.

We found a beautiful mooring, out in the country side, only one boat was there too. We kept a good distance so as not to disrupt the peace of the other boater. It was a chilly night and Natascha was cold. She could have done with the stove on even though it was the end of June.

Morning glory near Stockton, that’s what is truly beautiful about being on a boat, such sceneries. Simply divine.

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