Aymeric Mansoux (FR) is an artist, musician and media researcher, with a background in economics, fine art, graphic design, and computer programming.
In 2003 with Thomas Vriet, he co-founded GOTO10, a collective of artists using and writing free software in the context of electronic, noise, improvisation music, and media art. Aymeric had been active in the collective until 2010. During his participation in GOTO10, he has organised and taught several dozens workshops and initiated several projects such as: Make Art, an annual international festival for software artists and musicians; Puredyne, a live GNU/Linux distribution for media art and design (with Chun Lee and Antonios Galanopoulos), and FLOSS+Art, first collection of essays on free and open source software and digital art production (co-edited with Marloes de Valk).
In 2009, he was invited by Florian Cramer to join the staff of the Media Design and Communication Master of the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) at the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA), Hogeschool Rotterdam, where he worked as senior lecturer until 2015. In 2016, he founded XPUB, the Experimental Publishing master of the PZI, WdKA, and led the programme until 2021 before taking the position of lector in Commercial Practices (reader/professor of practice-oriented research), investigating alternative and sustainable modes of organisation and production in the cultural sector and art/design education at WdKA.
Aymeric received his doctorate from the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London (2017), under the supervision of Matthew Fuller, for his investigation of the decay of pluralism, the becoming of artistic critique, and defusion of conflicts within free culture movement.
- Latest collaborations
- Naked on Pluto with Marloes de Valk and Dave Griffiths, a project that aims at unfolding the issues of software mediation in the context of privacy and communication within a proprietary and commercial social network such as Facebook, 2010.
- The SKOR Codex with La Société Anonyme, a limited edition of eight hand bound books of raw data dumps that mimic NASA’s Golden Disc Record, aiming at documenting the life at a Dutch institution before it ceased to exists with the Dutch art funding cuts. 2012.
- FREE?! with Eric Kluitenberg, a conference and exhibition on the current state and future of free culture, 2013.
- LURK with Alex McLean, an independent e-mail and web discussion platform for computational culture, 2014.
- What Remains, an 8-bit NES game about environmental issues, the manipulation of public opinions and whistle-blowing.
- Selected publications
- editor, with Marloes de Valk, FLOSS+Art, Poitiers: Goto10, and London: Mute, 2008, 320 pp.
- "The Art of Surviving in Simcities", in Walled Garden, eds. Annet Dekker and Annette Wolfsberger, Amsterdam: Virtueel Platform, 2009.
- "How Deep is Your Source", in Digital Art Conservation, Preservation of Digital Art: Theory and Practice, ed. Bernhard Serexhe, Karlsruhe: ZKM, 2012.
- "Morphology of a Copyright Tale", in Future of Copyright Anthology, ed. Paulina Choromańska and Marta Niedziałkowska, Modern Poland Foundation, 2013.
- "My Lawyer is an Artist", Hz #19, ed. Sashiko Hayashi, Fylkingen, 2014.
- "Fork Workers", in Are You Being Served? (Notebooks), eds. Anne Laforet, et al., Brussels: Constant, 2014.
- Sandbox Culture: A Study of the Application of Free and Open Source Software Licensing Ideas to Art and Cultural Production, London: Goldsmiths University of London, 2017, xxxviii+486 pp. PhD dissertation.
- with Roel Roscam Abbing, "Seven Theses on the Fediverse and the Becoming of FLOSS", in The Eternal Network: The Ends and Becomings of Network Culture, eds. Kristoffer Gansing and Inga Luchs, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, and Berlin: transmediale e.V., Feb 2020, pp 124-140, HTML.
- "Sieben Thesen zum Fediverse und zur Weiterentwicklung von FLOSS", in The Eternal Network. Vom Enden und Werden der Netzkultur, eds. Kristoffer Gansing and Inga Luchs, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, and Berlin: transmediale e.V., 2020, pp 136-154. (German)
- "Sept Thèses sur le Fédiverse et le devenir du logiciel libre", trans. Framalang, Framablog, 26 Jan 2021. (French)
Awards and Fellowships
- Digital Research Unit fellowship, University of Huddersfield, UK, 2006.
- Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln fellowship, Cologne, DE, 2007.
- Pixelache software award for Puredyne, FI, 2010.
- VIDA award for Naked on Pluto, ES, 2011.
- Modern Poland Foundation award for Morphology of a Copyright tale, PL, 2012.
- Japan Media Art award for The SKOR Codex, JP, 2014.
- Annet Dekker, "Rock, Paper, Scissors and Floppy Disks", in Archive2020 – Sustainable Archiving of Born-Digital Cultural Content, ed. Annet Dekker, Amsterdam: Virtueel Platform, 2010, pp 20-29.
- Pau Waelder, "Software is the Artwork. Interview with Aymeric Mansoux, Marloes de Valk and Dave Griffiths", Vida, 23 Jan 2014.
- Annet Dekker, "The SKOR Codex Launched Into the Future. Interview with La Société Anonyme", Open!, Amsterdam, 17 Apr 2014, PDF.