Shift Space is an annual digital publication exploring new media landscapes and spotlighting the Knight Arts + Tech Fellows. The Initiatives team at United States Artists works with a guest editor and contributors to commission new writing on the field and fellows for each issue. Shift Space 1.0 was released in March 2021.
Shift Space 2.0 was edited by Natalia Zuluaga and copy edited by Sara Roffino with translations by Yoán Moreno. Audio essays were produced by Descriptive Video Works. Image descriptions were provided by Zachary Nichol.
This text discusses three spontaneous computer-based protocols that took shape and became systematized in Cuba over the last twenty years. It is about digital practices that question, update, or crack the cultural politics of the Cuban Revolution. The three practices — and these have antecedents in past decades and prior productive processes — are popularly known as the Paquete Semanal (The Weekly Package), SNet(Street Net, aka The Republic of Gamers), and Revolico.