excerpt from the introduction:
During the last 15 years, while everyday life is being increasingly datafied, an emerging scene of network practitioners from different fields has been actively involved in building alternative networks of communication and file-sharing. Building their own infrastructures by using open hardware and software, they have been developing and communicating models that can be considered as current “counter-infrastructures” (Dragona, 2014) that aim to provoke change of a bottom-up structure. Community networks, ad hoc offline networks and local WiFi access points are examples of such infrastructures that users themselves can own, manage and control. They formulate what can be described as DIY networking, which comes as a response to the opacity of today’s centralised network platforms and the issues of surveillance and commodification that they entail. Among the practitioners of this DIY networking scene, a growing number of artists have been playing a crucial role from the very beginning, offering alternatives and critical perspectives. The aim of this paper is to present and discuss certain exemplary initiatives within the time-period they emerged in.