Raphaël Bastide on Fri, 5 Oct 2018 18:41:09 +0200 (CEST)
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<nettime-ann> Floating Swarm: art on the P2P web
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TL;DR: This is a call for for net art projects to publish on Floating Swarm, a peer to peer web exhibition space based on the Dat protocol, accessible with Beaker browser.
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The project Floating Swarm
in the context of a net art course I give at Parsons Paris last semester. I wanted to
publish the most interesting student’s net art projects on a public online
gallery. I then realized it can be even better if they publish it
themselves, on a decentralized web network, taking advantage of the cool
features Beaker Browser
offers (among other things, to publish and fork content in seconds). I
want this project to go beyond the net art course and invite experienced
persons to participate.
Dat is a peer-to-peer
network and Beaker Browser allow to surf on it. Beaker makes the
publication really easy thanks to a “Create new website” button.
is the name of the surf club I created. The format is simple and inspired by many
older surf clubs (Nasty Nets, Spirit Surfers, Club Internet…). But it has its
- The website is hosted on the dat
network and can be reached with Beaker browser only. Its URL is
dat://31f852450f22d5b485eac4eb892df0cd148aa7b997894d2f82a53a231ff02faa/ or dat://floating-swarm.hashbase.io/
CMS: Floating Swarm doesn’t come with a back office that allow artists
to publish with an account. Instead, the content is hosted by the
artists themselves, and then, added to the subscription list by me. The
floatingswarm.js script added to your page will create a navigation bar,
just like a webring.
- An entry can be HTML and/or CSS and/or
JS. There is no other technical nor thematic restriction. However, I
think this can be interesting if the artistic content could exploit P2P,
dat or Beaker singularities (forking, versioning, peers related data, p2p
- Adding a submission requires 5 simple steps (see below). You can find back this instructions directly on the website.
Instructions to submit a creation
- insert the following script in your html page: <script src=""></script> before </body>
- host your page on the dat network using Beaker browser
- set your name or nickname as “Description” in your page settings
- make sure the creation is always online. Hashbase can help for that
- send the URL of your creation to email@example.com
the dat protocol, we are back clients and servers of our information.
This means the page needs to be seeded to be available for
visitors. The step 4. ensure your content to remain online. Hashbase
is a service that helps to keep the files online when your computer is offline.
Floating Swarm will be introduced at Radical Networks
2018 in Berlin, and in november at iMAL
in Brussels. Feel free to get in touch with me if you need more details or if you are just curious.
See you on the P2P web.
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