THE VOID PopUp Studio x SALWA Internet Café

When: July 7, 2023 -
July 21, 2023
12:00 - 18:00

Where: w139 Warmoesstraat 139 1012JB Amsterdam

The Void at SALWA’s Internet Café at W139

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.

The internet café is a social space for mellow hybrid gatherings and real-time intercontinental exchanges. SALWA’s Internet Café at W139, too, will open up a social space for hybrid togetherness: ‘The Void Internet Café’. During three live casts, we will spend time around webcams and extend the access to the on-site exhibition to online audiences:
7 July, 6pm: live-stream of the opening
8 July, 6pm: exhibition tour and live conversation with artists Geo Barcan and Chen-Yu Wang
21 July, 6pm: exhibition tour and live conversation with artists Sixin Zeng and Hala Balsadi

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.

Public Program

SALWA’s Gathering: Opening SALWA’s Internet Café
7 July | 17:00 – 05:00 

🔗 Live Stream Link

The first SALWA Gathering in 2023: Exploring the Intersection of Community, Migration and the Internet. Starting at W139 or program, talks, food and drinks, and at 23:00 prepare to party hard in Garage Noord with Brussels-based collective Yalla Nightlife.

Tickets €5 at the door. Combined ticket of €10 for the exhibition and the after party at Garage Noord.

SALWA’s Gathering: Extremely Late Brunch
8 July | 18:00 – 23:00

🔗 Live Stream Link

The brunch will include interventions and live interviews in collaboration with INC’s The Void. The brunch will inappropriately end by a drag performance by Créme de L’Amer @cremedeamer !!🗯️

The event is part of our Internet Café Gatherings and exhibition program and will take place at W139.

Tickets are €5 (RSVP in bio, pay at the door:)

SALWA’s Gathering: Closing SALWA’s Internet Café
21 July | 18:00 – 23:00

🔗 Live Stream Link


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About The Void

The Void is an audiovisual publishing platform for tactical television and artistic research, created by the Institute of Network Cultures. ‘The Void Internet Café’ @ SALWA’s Internet Café at W139 is powered by Tommaso Campagna and Sepp Eckenhaussen. Read more and watch previous episodes of The Void at