Technoshamanism and Free Digital Territories in Benevento, Italy

From October 23 to 29, an international seminar about technoshamanism and the concept of “Digital Land” or “free digital territories” was held in the autonomous ecological project Terra Terra near Reino, Benevento, Italy. The event was organized by Vincenzo Tozzi and announced on the Bricolabs Mailing List. The seminar was held in the form of a “Pajelança Quilombólica Digital”, as it’s called in Brazilian Portuguese, a “digital shamanism” brainstorming on the possibilities of using free digital territories to connect free real-world territories.

Vincenzo Tozzi is the founder of the Baobáxia project which is run by the Brazilian network Rede Mocambos, and the main point of departure was the future of Baobáxia – sustainability, development, paths for the future.

Arriving in Napoli, I had the pleasure of meeting Hellekin and Natacha Roussel from Brussels who had received the call through the Bricolabs list. Vince had arranged that we could stay in the Mensa Occupata, a community-run squat in central Napoli that was occupied in 2012 and is the home of a hackerspace, a communal kitchen and a martial arts gym, the “Palestra Populare Vincenzo Leone”, where I was pleased to see that my own favourite capoeira is among the activities.

The actual seminar took place in much more rural settings outside Reino, in the country known locally as “terra delle streghe” or “land of the witches”. With respect to our desire to work with free territories and the inherent project of recuperating and learning from ancestral traditions, the area is interesting in the sense that the land is currently inhabited by the last generation of farmers to cultivate the land with traditional methods supported by an oral tradition which har mostly been lost in the most recent decades.  During the seminar, we had the opportunity to meet up with people from the local cooperative Lentamente, which is working to preserve and recuperate the traditional ways of growing crops and keeping animals without machines (hence the name “lentamente”, slowly) as well as trying to preserve as much as possible of the existing oral traditions.

During the seminar, we accommodated to the spirit of the territory and the settings by dividing the day into two parts: In the morning, we would go outside and work on the land until lunchtime, which would be around three o’clock.

After lunch, hopefully properly wake and inspired by the fresh air and the beauty of the countryside, we would start looking at the technical side of things, delve into the code, discuss protocols and standards and explore possible pathways to the future. After dinner, we would dedicate the evenings to more general  discussions as well as to relaxing, often still covering important ground.

Among other things, during the days we built some stairs and raised beds on a hillside leading up to the main buildings and picked olives for about twenty liters of oil.

Baobáxia front-end developer Ariane Stolfi and her son Tales inspect the olive harvest.

As for the technical side of the encounter, we discussed the structure of the code, the backend  repositories and the offline synchronization process with newcomers to the project, reviewed various proposals for the technical future of the project and installed two new mucuas. In the process, we identified some bugs and fixed a couple of them.

An important aspect  of the concept of “free digital territories” is that we are looking for and using new metaphors for software development. Middle-class or otherwise well-off people who are used to have the means to employ servants or hire e.g. a lawyer whenever they need one may find it easy to conceive of a computer as a “server”  whose life is dedicated to serving its “clients”. For armies of office workers, having a computer pre-equipped with a “desktop” absolutely makes sense. But in the technoshamanism and quilombolic networks we’re not concerned with perpetuating the values and structures of capitalist society. We wish to provide software for free territories, and thus our metaphors are not based on the notion of clients and servers, but of digital land: A mucúa or node of the Baobáxia system is not a “server”, it’s digital land for the free networks to grow and share their culture.

Another important result was that the current offline synchronization and storage using git and git-annex can be generalized to other applications. Baobáxia currently uses a data format whose backend representation and synchronization is fixed by convention, but we could build other applications using the same protocol, a protocol for “eventually connected federated networks“. Other examples of applications that could use this technology for offline or eventually connected communications is wikis, blogs and calendars. One proposal is therefore to create an RFC for this communication, basically documenting and generalizing Baobáxia’s current protocol. The protocol, which at present includes the offline propagation of requests for material not present on a local node of the system, could also be generalized to allow arbitrary messages and commands, e.g. requesting the performance of a service known to be running in another community, to be stored offline and performed when the connection actually happens. This RFC (or RFCs) should be supplemented by proof-of-concept applications which should not be very difficult to write.

This blog post is a quick summary of my personal impressions, and I think there are many more stories to be told about the threads we tried to connect those days in Benevento.  All in all, the encounter was fruitful and I was happy to meet new people and use these days to concentrate of the future of Baobáxia and related projects for free digital territories.


Entrevista sobre tecnoxamanismo para a Laudano Magazine –

Para ler toda entrevista:

El tecnochamanismo crea puentes entre la tecnología y las tribus ancestrales para recuperar ideas de un futuro mejor perdidas en el pasado.


Imaginad a más de un centenar de ‘no indios’ en las reservas indígenas, entre ellos biólogos, programadores de software libre, activistas y hacktivistas, queer, performativos, artistas… trabajando codo con codo con las aldeas indígenas en una red que, poco a poco, llegará incluso a los Andes, a cada aldea, a cada pequeña comunidad. No hay nada colonizador, nada vertical en ello: Es un intercambio de conocimientos con los pueblos ancestrales.

Los hackers y activistas llevan la tecnología a las aldeas, les ayudan a gestionar sus recursos, realizan festivales que benefician la economía local, debaten sobre permacultura y economía sostenible, instalan radios, Internet, realizan vídeos;  en tanto los nativos intercambian parte de sus conocimientos más ancestrales sobre plantas medicinales y esa sabiduría profunda de las gentes no encadenadas al ‘sistema’, a pesar del sistema que quiere acabar con ellos. Y entonces se generan verdaderas sinergias, rituales donde la tecnología se convierte en aliada de la naturaleza y una herramienta que vincula la lucha de los hackers con la de los indios.

Pero, ¿qué tiene en común el movimiento del software libre con las luchas de pueblos indígenas cuya supervivencia se ve amenazada?

Para ler toda a entrevista:

tcnxmnsm in Aarhus University


Conversation around technoshamanism in the center of Digital Living Research Commons in the Department of Information Studies & Digital Design at the University of Aarhus.

We talked about the traditions of festivals before the festivals of technoshamanism, such as Brazilian tactical media, Digitofagy, Submidialogy, MSST (Satellitless Movement), etc. We presented the Baobáxia and the indigenous / quilombola struggles in the city and the countryside. The aesthetic manifestations of encounters of technoshamanism as well as ideas about free or postcolonial thoughts, ancestorfuturism and new Subjective territories.

Organized by Martin Brynskov and Elyzabeth Joy Holford (directors of the departament and hacklab) and colaborators as Kata Börönte, Winnie Soon and Kristoffer Thyrrestrup and students of the departament. Connection and introduction of Carsten Agger, with the participation of Fabiane M. Borges, Raisa Inocêncio e Ariane Stolfi.

Facebook of DLRC: Digital Living Research Commons

Facebook event: Technoshamanism at the DLRC







review – tcnxmnsm in aarhus – denmark/2017


In 12 of August of 2017 we did the second meeting of technoshamanism in Aarhus/ Denmark, here is the open call “Technoshamanism in Aarhus, Rethinking ancestrality and technology” (2017).

The first one was in november of 2014 with the name “technomagic and technoshamanism meeting in Aarhus“. It was made at the Open Space, a hacker space in Aarhus.

The second one was made at Dome of Visions,  a ecological geodesic located in the region of Port of Aarhus, supported by a group of eco-activists. The meeting was organized by Carsten Agger with  Ariane Stolfi, Fabiane M. Borges and Raisa Inocêncio. With the participation of: Amalia FonfaraRune Hjarno RasmussenWinnie Soon and Sebastian Tranekær. Here you can see the complete programme.

First, we did a radio discussion, after performance/ritual presentations, in the end a jam session of voice, noise with analogical and digital instruments, Smoking and clay bath.

AUDIO (by Finetanks):

PHOTOS (by Domo of Visions):





VIDEOS (by tcnxmsnm):

Part 1:

Part 2:


“The venue was really beautiful and well-equipped, its staff was helpful
and people in the audience were friendly and interested. Everything went
completely smoothly and according to plan, and the final ritual was
wonderful with its combination of Arab flute, drumming, noise and visual
performance. All in all a wonderful event.” (Carsten Agger)

“I think it was really instructive and incredibly cool to be with people who have so much knowledge and passion about the subjects they are dealing with. Communication seems to be the focal point, and there was a great willingness to let people express their minds.” (Sebastian Tranekær)

“The meeting was very diverse, the afternoon with speeches and discussion of some topics linked to the network of technoshamanism, such as self-organization, decolonization of thought, then we discussed technology and future cyborg and at the end we talked about noise and feminism. Ritual open with the participation of other people and was very curious to see the engagement, – it was a rite of rock!! ” (Raisa Inocêncio)”

It was so nice to see Aarhus again, this dome of vision is really special place, thank you to all of you!! We did just one day of meeting and we could not listen everybody, but I am sure it is just the beginning!!! I agree with Raisa, it was a rite of rock-noise. (Fabiane M. Borges)

Technoshamanism in Aarhus – rethink ancestrality and technology


Moderated by Carsten Agger
14:00-14:45    What is technoshamanism? How does it work and what does it want? 
What political issues does it raise? Introduction by Fabiane M. Borges, input from various participants
14:45-15:15    What and how may we learn about Chinese text censorship with machine learning? (Winnie Soon)
15:15-15:45    Decolonization and self-organization (Carsten Agger and Raisa Inocêncio)
15:45-16:30    Immigrating ontologies, recovering ancestralities (Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen and Amalia Fonfara)
16:30-17:30    Sonora Network – Collective Feminism in music and gender study (Ariane Stolfi)
17:30-18:00   BREAK
18:00 – 19:00 Workshop: Invisible Drum (Amalia Fonfara)
19:00 – 19:30 Political Bath (Raisa Inocêncio)
19:30 – 20:00 Open Band (Ariane Stolfi)
20:00-21:00 BREAK, preparations for ritual
21:00 – 24:00  A collective DIY ritual created by the participants. Noise by Sebastian Tranekær Hansen.
For the ritual, please bring musical instruments, clothes, whatever props are adequate for your contribution as well as inspiration and ideas.
Throughout the event, the installation Hyperelixx by Samuel Capps will be exhibited and can be perused by visitors.
The event will take place in Dome of Visions, Aarhus on August 12, as announced in the Open Call.
Amalia Fonfara: (Greenland 1985) Artist and shamanic practitioner based in Trondheim. Since 2010, Amalia Fonfara has lived in Norway. She holds a bachelor of fine art (2013) and  an international master of fine art (2015), from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Fonfara has studied different esoteric practices, including spiritism, shamanism and contemplative healing practices. She is currently doing a one year study prg. at Scandinavian Center of Shamanic Studies in Sweden. In her artistic practice the perception of reality, imagination and spirituality are closely connected and intertwined. Will present the Invisible Drum project at this event.
Ariane Stolfi: Architect, composer, programmer and musician, transits between languages. Doctorate candidate on Sonology (ECA-USP), researching interactive interfaces on web technologies, has made installations and performances such “Hexagrama essa é pra tocar” and “Cromocinética”. Joined festivals such Submidialogias, #DisExperimental, Virada Cultural and Dissonantes, mantains experimental netlabel and collabotates with Sonora feminist collective.
Carsten Agger: Software developer, activist and writer, active in social movements for free software and civil rights and against racism and colonial wars, for twenty years. Trained as a theoretical physicist he works as a free software developer, contributes to the Baobáxia project and co-organized the LibreOffice Conference 2015. He wrote a book about the Qur’an and is currently studying Norse religion and language for a comparative project. Served two years on the board of the hackerspace Open Space Aarhus and co-organized the II International Festival of Technoshamanism and technoshamanism events in Aarhus and Berlin.
Fabiane M. Borges holds a Post PhD in Visual Arts and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in São Paolo (Brazil) and works as a psychologist, artist and essayist; organizes events relative to art and technology and social movements; authored two books, Domínios do Demasiado (Hucitec/2010) and Breviário de Pornografia Esquizotrans (ExLibres 2010); coordinated two books with the media, art and technology network Submidialogia (Ideias Perigozas, 2010, and Peixe Morto, 2011). She is one of the organizers of the I and II International Festival of Technoshamanism – Blog: – e-mail: ca t a d o re s@gm a il. c om 
Raisa Inocêncio: Brazilian, born in 1989. She studied philosophy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Visual Arts at Parque Lage School. Now studying at Toulouse University (France) in Erasmus Mundus Masters Europhilosophie. Research on the aesthetic-political practices of post-porn movement through performing actions and references such as artists Anne Sprinkle, Diana Torres, the collective Coyote, Ju Dorneles among others.
Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen:Graduated from the University of Copenhagen with an MA in History of Religions and Anthropology, which included two fieldwork periods in Brazil and two in Uganda. He has self-published a book on the role of traditional songs in Capoeira, and has collaborated on documentary film work on the role of religion in Ghana (2002). He worked for two years in humanitarian work removing land-mines in Angola and the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, and he has worked and published on anti-trafficking. He is currently finishing a PhD on ritual technologies in Afro-Brazilian religion.
Sebastian Tranekær Hansen: Born 1983, grew up in Greenland and has lived in Denmark since 1995. Autodidact musician, producer and DJ with a great interest in dance music and dance. Sebastian has been organizing and executing celebrations in Aarhus’ underground scene for some years, mostly in the genres of techno and drum’n’bass. Has primarily worked with people. Human development and communication are very central to his work with music and art.
Samuel Capps is a British artist whose work, among them the recent show ‘Relics from the De-Crypt’, work around themes similar to technoshamanism. He also runs the gallery Gossamer Fog in London.
Winnie Soon: Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher who resides in Hong Kong and Denmark. Her work approach spans the fields of artistic practice and software studies, examining the materiality of computational processes that underwrite our experiences and realities in digital culture. Winnie’s work has been presented at festivals, conferences and museums throughout the Asia Pacific, Europe and America, including but not limited to Transmediale2015/2017, ISEA2015/2016, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Si Shang Art Museum, Pulse Art + Technology Festival, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, FutureEverything Art Exhibition. Currently, she is assistant professor at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies in Aarhus University. More info:

Ancestrofuturismo – Anti-sequestro dos sonhos e Tecnoxamanismo em Tarnac – Encontro de Scifi – Destrancando o futuro”!!

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Raisa Inocêncio e Fabiane M. Borges apresentaram o Tecnoxamanismo para Tarnac, num encontro de Ficção científica na comuna, chamado “Destrancando o Futuro”. O encontro não foi muito divulgado, mas no boca boca apareceu bastante gente. Alguns convidados para falar, outros se inscreveram para participar das oficinas, palestras, reuniões, mostra de filmes, uma semana inteira  dedicada a pensar o futuro do mundo, o antropoceno, a Queda do Céu. Pensadores como Viveiros de Castro, Philippe Descola, Davi Kopenawa, Donna Haraway, entre outros, foram super lidos e debatidos nas reuniões. Fizemos uma fala engraçada, mistura de português, espanhol, inglês, francês, muita mímica e fotos, para compartilhar conceitos como ancestrofuturismo, cosmogonia livre, ruidocracia, sequestro de futuro e sonhos pelo tecnoceno, necropolítica, resistências indígenas na cidade e no campo.

Houve outras participações como a do escritor francês de scifi e fantasia Alain Damasio, comitê invisível, entre outros.  Todos discutindo com interesse e preocupação a questão do futuro e da descolonização.

No final da nossa apresentação, fizemos uma pequena experiência de cosmogonia livre, e anti-sequestro dos sonhos baseadas nas oficinas de Alain Damasio, que durante a tarde gerenciou uma oficina de fabulação futurista contra o caos.

Tarnac é uma pequena vila no campo, no meio da frança, onde foi feita uma comuna de pessoas ligadas ao anarco-comunismo, cuidado da terra e projetos para o futuro. Alguns anos atras, membros de Tarnac foram acusados de terroristas por criarem uma sabotagem nas linhas de trem, o que causou a interrupção de mais de 130 linhas de trem. Foram presos, acusados, e terminou esse processo somente esse ano.

Durante a semana, praticamos o dispositivo de coleta dos sonhos em conversas intimas o que nos rendeu os mais intensos relatos e que no final do processo resultou num poema, de maneira singela e à pedido das pessoas anônima e coletiva.

Aqui umas fotos do ritual do it yourself que fizemos, chamamos essas duas horas de trabalho de: petite expérience !!


Poema ancestrofuturista

Sonhos destrancando o futuro 

Na casa tem uma infiltraçao, eu encontro minha mae, ela me mostra o caminho de areia.

Varios imoveis me traversam.

Eu ocupo uma escola.

Eu to na minha casa.

Nós estamos na nossa casa.

O amor de si e o amor de deus.

Eu estou com a minha mãe.
Eu encontro uma amiga que eu gosto muito, nós vemos as criaturas… Meus anjos sumérios, as criaturas de Guon ou o anjo Hieron ou Hieron que preve o fim do conflito


Hada’ath sumério

Odin tyr tyr

O rei e o juiz

Os druidas

O diabo


Exu                                                                                                                           Deleuze


Triade frigga freyr

Cyborg biohacking ela fala ao Japão. 

Tristan e Izolda  à la zad (comuna proxima de Tarnac)

A figura que  eu amo, o vivo

O cometa que é gameta
Nós estamos em nossas casas

Nós somos os imóveis 

Nós somos os personagens ritmicos conceituais

Nós somos nosso territorio subjetivo

Nós estamos em nossas casas

Os muros pulverizam.

Ela vive na arvore e arvore ajuda à viver

As arvores sem as cabeças, as alguas envadem a cidade elas se transformam em imoveis


A louca dança nua sobre as ruinas do velho mundo
É necessário destrancar o futuro para que os ricos sejam mais pobres e os pobres sejam felizes.

O muro se pulveriza.

Os imóveis são arvores e as arvores sao os imóveis 

As arvores sao   os elevadores

A gente que morre e renasce nas arvores

Destrancando os corpos, os corpos misoginos

O poing se retira com o micro

O olhar misogino

Sonho 1:

No dia seguinte da eleiçao do Macron ele chega na minha casa e me diz: eu vou fazer as medidas e literalmente começa a medir minha casa.

Sonho 2:

Eu vejo uma menina parecendo que tinha sido estuprada, me aproximo para ajuda-la e no final ela tenta me enganar pra sua armadilha para me roubar, nessa tentativa eu consigo salvar um garoto que tava preso que ela conseguiu roubar… eu vejo meu companheiro chorar pela primeira vez.

Sonho 3:

Eu tava numa casa com muita gente, eu saio e do lado de fora tem um deserto, hà pessoas correndo e também uma prancha de surf

Sonho 4:

Os trocadores das grandes cidades sao transformados em arvores. E é maravilhoso, de grandes mostras de vegetaçao. E os homens que circulam sobre os trocadores e sobre as arvores.

Tradução do original:

Les rêves décloisonner l’avenir – poème ancêtre futuriste

La maison a une infiltration, je rencontre ma mère, elle me montre un chemin de sable.

Plusieurs immeubles me traversent

J’occupe une école.

Je suis chez moi.

Nous sommes chez nous.

L’amour de soi et l’amour de dieu

Je suis avec ma mère.

Je rencontre une copine que j’aime bien, nous verrons les créatures … Mes anges soumariens, les créatures de guon ou l’ange hieron ou hieron qui prévoit la fin du conflit


Hada’ath sumarien

Odin tyr tyr

Le roi et le juge

Les druides

Le diable


Exu                                                                                                       Deleuze


Driade frigga freyr

Cyborg biohacking elle parle au japon

Trystan et Isolda a la zad


La figure qui j’aime le vivant

Comète qui est gamète

Nous sommes chez nous

Nous sommes les immeubles

Nous sommes les personnages rythmiques conceptuels

Nous sommes notre territoire subjective

Nous sommes chez nous

Les murs s’effritent 

Elle vit dans l’arbre  et l’arbre l’aide à vivre

Les arbres sans les têtes, des algues envahissent la ville ils deviennent immeubles

La foule danse nue sur les ruines de vieux monde

Il faut décloisonner l’avenir pour que les riches soient plus pauvres et que les pauvres soient HEUREUX.


Le mur s’effrite.

Les immeubles sont des arbres et les arbres sont des immeubles.

Les arbres sont des ascenseurs

Les gens meurent et renaissent dans les arbres.

Décloisonnant les corps, les corps misogynes

Le poing se levait avec le micro

Le regard misogyne

rêve 1:

Au lendemain de l’élection Macron arrive chez moi et lui dit: je vais prendre les mesures – et littéralement il commence à mesurer ma maison.

rêve 2:

Je vois une fille apparement violée, je me suis approché pour l’aider et à la fin elle essayée me tromper pour me voler, je sauve un mec qui elle a réussi voler… Je vois mon copain pleurer pour la première fois.

rêve 3:

J’étais dans une maison avec des gens, je sors et au dehors est un désert, il y a des gens que cours et il y à aussi une prancha de surf

rêve 4:

Les échangeurs dans les grandes villes sont transformés en forêts. Et s’est magnifique, de grandes courbes de végétation. Et des hommes qui circulent sur des échangeurs et sous les arbres.

Technoshamanism in Aarhus – rethink ancestrality and technology


On August 12, 2017 from 14:00 to 22:00 there will be a technoshamanism meeting in Dome of Visions, Aarhus, Denmark.

The purpose of the meeting is to unite people who are interested in the combination of DIY technologies such as free software and permaculture with ancestral, ancestorfuturist and technoshamanistic practices. We are calling all the cyborgs, witches, heretics, technoshamans, programmers, hackers, artists, alchemists, thinkers and everyone who might be curious to join us and explore the possiblities of combining ancestorfuturism, perspectivism, new and old indigenism in the middle of the climate changes of the anthropocene.

If you feel attracted by the combination of these terms, techno + shamanism and ancestrality + futurism and if you’re worried about the destruction of the Earth and the hegemony of capital and neoliberal ontologies, this event is for you. In view of Aarhus’ slogan as European Cultural Capital of 2017, the theme of this event could be: Rethink ancestrality and technology!

We welcome all proposals for rituals, musical and artistic performances, talks, discussions and technological workshops. Please send your proposal to

The proposal needs to be short (250 words) with your web site (if any) and a short bio.



The verbal talks will be structured as roundtable discussions with several participants which are recorded and simultaneously live streamed as Internet radio.


  • TECHNOSHAMANISM – What is it?
  • Ancestrality and ancestrofuturism
  • Experiences from the II International Festival and other events
  • Immigration and new ontologies arriving in Europe
  • Self-organizing with free software and DIY technology
  • Your proposal!


A collaborative DIY ritual to end the event – bring costumes, proposals, visual effects, ideas and musical instruments.

We welcome proposals for all kinds of performance, rituals and narratives along the lines of this open call – all proposals to be sent to


When we have received your proposals, we will organize them and publish a detailed program around August 1, for the discussions and workshops as well as for the rituals.


If you don’t live in Aarhus and need accomodation, that can be arranged (for free). Bring your sleeping bag!


This encounter is organized by Carsten Agger, Beatriz Ricci, Fabiane M. Borges and Ouafa Rian.


Tecnoshamanism is an international network for people interested in living out their ideas in everyday life while focusing on open science, open technology, free and DIY cosmological visions and feel the necessity of maintaining a strong connection to the Earth as a living, ecological organism.

In recent years, we have had meetings in Spain, England, Denmark, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, and Switzerland. In November 2016, we had the II International Festival of Tecnoxamanism in the indigenous Pataxó village of Pará in Bahia, Brazil. The purpoose of this meeting is to discuss technoshamanism as outlined above and to strengthen and grow this network, hopefully reaching out to new partners in Denmark and beyond. The network is based in Brazil but draws inspiration from all over the world.

You can find more information on technoshamanism in these articles:



This event is supported by Digital Living Research Commons, Aarhus University.

and NANO/PPGAV/EBA/UFRJ  (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)