SALWA’s Internet Cafe
Are you curious about how the internet has shaped the lives and creative expressions of migrant communities? During SALWA’s Internet Cafe, we will dive into the topic of internet infrastructure in relation to migration.
For the last three months, participants of SALWA’s residency program explored the experience of using the internet in communal and physical spaces, and how this has influenced the visual language of creatives with a migrant background. SALWA and W139 are more than excited to share the results with you and present our resident artists Chen Yu Wang, Geo Barcan, Hala Alsadi, and Sixin Zeng who have been exploring questions revolving around the internet as a space, whether it’s virtual, physical, or conceptual.
The event takes place over several days, featuring a series of screenings, performances, discussions, and site-specific installations hosted at W139. The themes they will be exploring include the experience of using the internet as a community and the knowledge that has emerged from it. They will also be examining nostalgia and memories, local internet infrastructures, digital migration, online gender roles, and pop-visual and sonic languages that emerged from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
SALWA’s Internet Café is generously supported by Creative Industries Fund NL and Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst. Partners include The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, The Hmm, Varia Zone, W139 and The Institute of Network Cultures.
Photography by Giovanni Salice.