Raquel Rennó writes about the Festival Cultura Digital, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - between the 2nd and the 4th of December 2011. It gathered 6 thousand people in about 20 open discussions, 20 workshops and 52 international and national projects, bringing together political institutions, artists, companies, activists and intellectuals in a hybrid format. The main goal was to change and broaden the limits of digital practices and connect to other people and networks from other cities, states and countries.
Marc Garret interviews Jake Harris, curator of Access Space and great advocate of Open Source software. Jake sees in Open Source a big liberating potential for artists who can now build, own and share their creative tools. Open Source is for him an alternative mode of doing which escapes the strong commercial pressure that hardware and software corporation exert on users via their black box policies and licensing systems.
Taina Bucher interviews Julian Oliver, the Berlin-based media artist and programmer at the Subtle Technologies festival in Toronto. Where he taught a workshop on the Network as Material. The aim of the workshop reflects Oliver’s artistic and pedagogical philosophy nicely; to not only make people aware of the hidden technical infrastructures of everyday life but also to provide people with tools to interrogate these constructed and governed public spaces.
Furtherfield recently received a hard copy of The Telekommunist Manifesto in the post, written by Dmytri Kleiner. After reading the Manifesto it was obvious that it was pushing the debate further regarding networked, commons-based and collaborative endevours. Marc Garrett interviews Dmytri about the Manifesto, its concepts and other projects created by the Telekommunist Collective.
The server space embraces art work and its byproducts in all shapes and forms, functioning and non-functioning; in fact, it revels in the successes, changes & even failures of the combinations of art and tech.
make art is an international festival focussed on Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) and open content in digital arts. make art offers performances, presentations, workshops and an exhibition, focused on the blurred line between art and software programming. The festival is dedicated to all free software artists, open hardware hackers and command-line fetishists out there.
Rooted in practice, the event will facilitate greater peer awareness, cross-pollination and hopefully instigate conversations which need to be had! We invite artists and activists in Manchester and the North West to debate the seemingly complimentary ideologies of Open Source and The Big Society.
Rob Myers & Katrin Baumgarten are interviewed live on Resonance FM this week by Marc Garrett, Irini Papdimitriou & Jonathan Munro. Rob makes free culture art about contemporary society using free software. He is Chief Technology Officer for Philter Phactory where he is working on narratizing social and locative media. Katrin is a designer & technology artist whose work experiments with physical human experiences. Kristin will share how a spectrum of emotions can impact industrial design and user interaction.
Jake Harries & Felicie d'Estienne d'Orves are interviewed live on Resonance FM this week by Marc Garrett, Irini Papdimitriou & Jonathan Munro. Jake is Digital Arts Programme Manager at open access media lab, Access Space, and the current curator of the LOSS (Linux Open Source Sound) a website dedicated to music made with FLOSS. Felicie, a French installation artist who explores the meaning and impact of light through her work. She uses light and sound technologies to create a mysterious art of beauty and power, challenging the boundaries of her materials and our own perceptions of them.
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