Boat, party, food and a pop-up irl internet gift shop at Naive Yearly
The heat is oppressive here in Athens. Friday, when I went shopping at the weekly farmer’s market, my breath felt like the breeze of cold air you face when opening the fridge. Mostly we stay inside and turn on the air-conditioning. Fortunately, the tomatoes are a symphony of taste explaining their botanical classification as fruits, and in ten days, we travel North to visit our families.
When we reach Denmark, it is time for Naive Yearly. People join from India, Portugal, the USA, France, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Austria. Friends and strangers. Artists, designers, educators, facilitators, curators, developers, organizers, writers and category-blurring beings. Most arrive alone, and the Danes will be a minority. It is heartwarming, thank you.
I am doing my best to honor the care you show by making space in your life. Together with Philipp, we are finetuning the drinks and food for the day. We play with communal rituals like tea ceremonies and bread breaking to bring people together and support the conversation.
Since my last update, the open After-Party is now ready for registration (please remember to register). However, what is not yet announced is that we will broadcast the evening to the internet thanks to the support of Sheila, Jack, Ben and the Good Times Bad Times team, and I rented a boat to sail all the participants through the Copenhagen harbour to the party at SPACE10.
We also decided to make an IRL Internet Pop-up Gift Shop at Naive Yearly. I encourage anyone to bring and sell their zines, USB sticks, notebooks and internet trash. Levi is designing the display system of the shop to give your artefacts the recognition they deserve. It is free, and you’ll keep 100% of the sales. Visit Kiosk.computer to participate.
Finally, I’ll take a break from this newsletter to prepare for Naive Yearly and spend time with our families. I’ll latest be back on August 6, but please remember that you can always reach me by replying to this email.
One more thing. Sam offered to buy a ticket for someone who would love to join Naive Yearly but doesn’t have the financial means to justify the expense. If that is you, please write me.
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If you are working on a community library or curious about the interface between digital and physical, I bet you’ll enjoy this post. Mindy Seu designs online archives for discussion rather than display. This is possible because wear and tear are different online, with less need for white gloves and limited access.
Instead of homogenizing, or templatizing, visible differences in different communities should be embraced. Moving from one space to another should feel unique, representative of the various cultures, people, identities included. — Mindy Seu
I am tempted to experiment further with publishing forms. I’ve tested postcards, notebooks, penpals, and pop-up newsletters. I desire to make something to be read on a weekday at breakfast. A physical copy of seasonal worries, meaningful to hold and easy to discard. Therefore, the Mail Blog intrigues me.
Self-publishing breaks down barriers between an artist and an audience. It lets the artist define what is publishable or not. I decided to publish the rejection poem myself on my own internet: the email inboxes of my friends. I called it Email Blog. — Cortney Cassidy
Chia meets the world with love. The generous, chaotic and poetic love. The intimate love that absorbs life itself and gifts dreams, obligations, and meaning. It is Chia's love that keeps their incredible web of online work alive. Read Elan’s interview, click the links, read the second part, request a third and meet Chia at Naive Yearly.
A website is an act of demanding space for yourself and the people you love and constantly tending that space. It's a way of naming: to take on a URL and courageously ask to be witnessed, visited. I understand certain sites that I frequent as continuous labors of love, whether they're directed to a specific person or something broader. I see making websites and making in general as nothing more than a way of asking to be loved. — Chia Amisola
It is time to vote for your favourite heartfelt website in this year’s Tiny Awards.