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Live Stage: Assembly (Showroom) [uk London]

Agency: Assembly (Showroom) :: April 13 – May 28, 2011 :: Opening: April 12; 6:30 – 8:30 pm :: The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London.

The work of Agency constitutes a growing list of ‘Things’ that resist easy categorisation, such as divisions between culture and nature, creations and facts, subjects and objects, humans and non-humans, individuals and collectives. These things are derived from judicial processes, lawsuits, cases, controversies and affairs relating to the subject of intellectual property (copyrights, patents and trade marks, for example). Continue reading


Apr 9, 11:29
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Live Stage: Certified Copy [be Stekene]

Certified Copy :: November 20, 2010 – April 10, 2011 :: Opening: November 20; 6:00 pm :: Verbeke Foundation, Westakker, B-9190 Kemzeke (Stekene), Belgium.

1989. The American Fluxus artist Larry Miller distributes certificates to allow anyone to decide on the use, or not, of their DNA. The action, which relates the art scene to contemporary biotechnological problems, would precede the birth of Dolly, the first cloned mammal in the world, by a decade.

In a world where numerous multinationals multiply data banks destined to the patented reproduction of genetic information, the Verbeke Foundation organises an exhibition on the notions of copying and cloning. Certified Copy unites the works of over twenty international contemporary artists who are concerned in the question of the reproduction of living and lifeless materials. Continue reading


Nov 15, 18:06
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The Possibilities and Limitations of Open Content

Audiovisual Thinking Journal

Audiovisual Thinking Journal is the world’s first journal of academic videos about audiovisuality, communication and media. The journal is a pioneering forum where academics and educators can articulate, conceptualize and disseminate their research about audiovisuality and audiovisual culture through the medium of video.

International in scope and multidisciplinary in approach, the purpose of Audiovisual Thinking is to develop and promote academic thinking in and about all aspects of audiovisuality and audiovisual culture. Advised by a board of leading academics and thinkers in the fields of audiovisuality, communication and the media, the journal seeks to set the standard for academic audiovisual essays now and in the future. Continue reading


Sep 25, 17:39
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Live Stage: Struggle in Jerash [eg Alexandria]

Screening of Struggle in Jerash: A film by Eileen Simpson and Ben White :: June 30, 2010; 7:00 – 9:30 pm :: Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF) :: 10 Hussein Hassab Street, Flat 6, Azarita, Alexandria, Egypt.

As the first Jordanian audio-visual works begin to fall into the public domain, a constellation of interests are translating, drafting and revising copyrights laws, trade agreements and licences to control the flow of culture and build new markets. Against the backdrop of these emerging intellectual property markets, in 2008 artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White embarked on a period of research in Amman, Jordan – speaking to lawyers, copyright activists, software developers, artists, musicians, journalists, curators, filmmakers and critics – in an attempt to seek out the common cultural resources of Jordan’s public domain. Continue reading


Jun 9, 17:11
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Reblogged Scanners, collectors and aggregators. On the ‘underground movement’ of (pirated) theory text sharing

ubuwebScanners, collectors and aggregators. On the ‘underground movement’ of (pirated) theory text sharing by Janneke Adema, posted on Open Reflections, September 20, 2009

“But as I say, let’s play a game of science fiction and imagine for a moment: what would it be like if it were possible to have an academic equivalent to the peer-to-peer file sharing practices associated with Napster, eMule, and BitTorrent, something dealing with written texts rather than music? What would the consequences be for the way in which scholarly research is conceived, communicated, acquired, exchanged, practiced, and understood?” — Gary Hall – Digitize this book! (2008)

Ubu web was founded in 1996 by poet Kenneth Goldsmith and has developed from ‘a repository for visual, concrete and (later) sound poetry, to a site that ‘embraced all forms of the avant-garde and beyond. Continue reading


Jun 5, 18:45
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[-empyre-] Publishing In Convergence

Morgan Currie wrote:

“How can the book find an adequate outside with which to assemble in heterogeneity, rather than a world to reproduce” – Deleuze and Guattari.

Despite the recent hype around ebooks, the future of publishing remains uncertain. The growth in markets for electronic distribution has resulted in a messy and highly competitive ecology of digital rights management systems, conflicting file formats and devices, and an online book market driven by new players such as Google and Apple. Meanwhile, pirate networks for ‘liberated knowledge’ have opened other avenues for delivering content (whether legal or not), while the open access movement has increasingly consolidated as a legitimate alternative to corporate publishers. These are the realities of media convergence as perpetual crisis, or at least an ongoing entanglement of interests, and a situation full of potential for the future of the book. Continue reading


Jun 5, 12:30
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User Creativity, Governance, and the New Media

First Monday, Volume 15, Number 5 – May 3, 2010: User Creativity, Governance, and the New Media:

In this special issue, we present a multi–disciplinary perspective of the emergence of user creativity in new media. The papers were written by researchers in anthropology, sociology, media studies, law, computer science, and management studies. The authors examine the roles of users and commercial actors in the new media, and help answer critical questions on intellectual property, ethics, practice, and governance. Taken together, the papers expose a complex, mutable, creative ecology influencing new media product development and practice. From An introduction to the First Monday special issue by Yong Ming Kow and Bonnie Nardi

Developing virtual worlds: The interplay of design, communities and rationality by F. Ted Tschang and Jordi Comas Continue reading


May 5, 21:22
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Mashup Cultures

[Image: ‘Nine Steps to Collaborative Composites’ qthomasbower @flickr] Mashup Cultures, Sonvilla-Weiss. Stefan (Ed.), Springeren: This volume brings together cutting-edge thinkers and scholars together with young researchers and students, proposing a colourful spectrum of media-theoretical, -practical and -educational approaches to current creative practices and techniques of production and consumption on and off the web. Along with the exploration of some of the emerging social media concepts, the book unveils some of the key drivers leading to participatory engagement of the User.

Mashup Cultures presents a broader view of the effects and consequences of current remix practices and the recombination of existing digital cultural content. Continue reading


Apr 28, 21:14
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Free Speech: Anonymous vs Scientology

anon1 from Gabriella Coleman on Vimeo.

Old and New Net Wars Over Free Speech and Secrecy or How to Understand the Lulz Battle Against the Church of Scientology by Gabriella Coleman. Continue reading


Apr 13, 13:07
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