Location: Feminster server Coordinates 42°S 147°E
Despoinas Media Coven (homebrewed since 2008), began as a garage hackspace to remove the strict barriers between software users and developers to enable the ‘uninitiated’ into using free software.
An autonomous feminist web server to host creative arts projects, based in Hobart, the collective is often joined by satellite agents: artists, programmers, critical engineers, writers, designers, dancers, comrades, curators and thinkers from around the planetary archipelago for to make, to exchange, diversify narratives, strategise and constructively critique - to keep moving with the manifold of time. Despoinas Media Coven was described as a 'technological coven disguised as an art project’ (WARP Magazine 2013) and continues to host digital literacy sewing circles, stretching networks through museums, galleries, stages, through radiowaves and under waterfalls.
Projects events and discussions range from the political implications of critical making to feminist reflections on the place of technology in culture and society. Despoinas taps into the principle of ‘knowledge sharing’ passionately emphasised by the Free Software Foundation. The Free Software Foundation campaigns for computer users’ freedom to cooperate and control their own computing conduct. The dilemma is not that it is proprietary software (closed to the source) being used to program the computer (some proprietary applications are open source and cost money) it is rather an ethical issue. When the source code is both copyrighted and closed a problematic situation arises; the user may be unable to modify the software to his or her idiosycratic needs or acknowledge the source. So when an artist works with software there creativity is *limited - stunted - paralysed* if they are unable to extend the medium beyond a particular limit.
Comrades and contributors from 2008 - present:
Francesca Di Rimini
... among others [see events page]