The Internet Farm is a collaborative network and online platform focused on communal sharing and the cultivation of hypermedia experiences.
Mac Andre Arboleda / Makati City, Philippines — Jun 16, 2021
The Internet Farm is a collaborative network and online platform focused on communal sharing and the cultivation of hypermedia experiences. The idea came from a Twitter game where mutuals were invited to »plant« emojis on my farm hosted on Neocities (a free open source web hosting tool), as a gesture towards sharing an online space that is more »ours« than the social media platforms we’ve come to inhabit. Artists from different fields were invited to »harvest« emojis and use these as materials for a creative response. The crops harvested were negotiated by participants on a needs basis, and in turn, allow these crops to grow in their built universe of multimedia works.
In the last month, the concept of »community pantry« inspired a national movement in the Philippines, which had the tagline: »Kumuha ayon sa pangangailangan, magbigay ayon sa kakayahan.« [Trans. Give what you can, take what you need.] These community pantries threaten the established order, and have faced harassment from state forces. The Internet Farm likewise challenges ideas of »sustainability« by stimulating intimacies, strengthening connections, and making utopias present.
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