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Virtual Gardens: Cultivating Care through Reclaimed Digital Environments

Kendal Beynon

A portal that cultivates care through reclaimed digital spaces. Offering an alternative landscape for all your online needs, the concept stems from a rising displacement from current big tech spaces and platforms. Inside the Garden OS, you can discover a path into an underground and subversive way of being online. If you are feeling disenfranchised from the standardised platformisation of social media and the surge of algorithmic content, retreat with Virtual Gardens to a newly cultivated world harking back to Web 1. This is a space where we can creatively express ourselves with experimentation and play, and, most importantly, agency.

Virtual Gardens aims to give visibility to the many self organised communities online who subvert and play with web capabilities through giving autonomy to users, bringing us back as creators as opposed to consumers. Go forth and cultivate your garden.🌿

Kendal Beynon (UK) is an artist & writer currently situated in the realm of experimental publishing. She aims to rediscover an alternative online landscape through subversive design and community building, while also examining the ruins of our digital past. When she’s not rummaging around in internet fragments, you can find her at @tr0pisms.

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