Varia is a collective initiative around everyday technology located in Rotterdam. Varia favours, without idealising, Free / Libre and Open Source Software, free culture, open standards, lowtech and DIY/DIWO culture, because they offer the opportunity to shape a different present and leave the door open for desirable futures. Currently Varia is operated by 16 members: designers, researchers, artists, activists and programmers. The group runs a collective-space in the city of Rotterdam, where public events and moments for collective learning take place. Next to that, the group works on collective infrastructures that are available for members, such as a collective server that we run from the space, various digital services such as chat and code repositories, different printing facilities and a set of tools to work with electronics. (2020)
The space located on Gouwstraat 3 first opened its doors on 3 November 2017.