Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett (eds.): Collaboration and Freedom – The World of Free and Open Source Art (2011)

29 November 2011, dusan

“A collection of artworks, texts and resources about freedom and openness in the arts, in the age of the Internet. Freedom to collaborate – to use, modify and redistribute ideas, artworks, experiences, media and tools. Openness to the ideas and contributions of others, and new ways of organising and making decisions together.

This non exhaustive collection is intended to inspire, inform and enable people to apply peer-to-peer principles for making things and getting organised together. We hope that all art lovers, makers, thinkers, organisers and strategists will find something for them from this set of imaginative, communitarian and dynamic contemporary practices.”

Curated by Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett
With additional texts by Charlotte Frost and Rob Myers.
Produced by Furtherfield.
Commissioned by Arts Council England for Thinking Digital, in 2011.


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Nick Lambert: A Critical Examination of “Computer Art”: its History and Application (2003)

27 July 2011, dusan

The thesis focuses principally on artists’ experiences of the computer and covers a wide range of approaches to computers in art.

DPhil thesis
Oxford University
Supervisor: Martin Kemp

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McKenzie Wark: Gam3r 7h3ory, v. 1.1 (2006)

14 November 2010, dusan

“Together with the Institute for the Future of the Book, I created this website as a way to think to about games. Games, as in computer games, are the subject of my next book, GAM3R 7H30RY. I am interested in two questions.

1. can we explore games as allegories for the world we live in?
2. can there be a critical theory of games?

I thought it would be interesting to share the book in its draft state to see if these questions are something other people might have ideas on or might want to pursue.” (author)

A project of the Institute for the Future of the Book.
Published under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.5



Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) (2010, open draft)

12 September 2010, dusan

In 2007, Jo-Anne Green and Helen Thorington (Co-Directors, New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. | proposed Networked to Eduardo Navas (NewMediaFIX). Along with Sean Dockray (Telic Arts Exchange) and Anne Bray (Freewaves), they developed an application to the National Endowment for the Arts, which funded the project in 2008.

An international Call for Proposals was issued. It defined the project’s Goals and Objectives and invited contributions that critically and creatively rethink how networked art is categorized, analyzed, legitimized — and by whom — as norms of authority, trust, authenticity and legitimacy evolve. A committee of nine reviewed the submissions: four authors were commissioned to develop chapters that are now open for commentary, revision, and translation. A fifth — one of the runners-up — was invited to contribute. Networked is open to additional chapters.

Networked proposes that a history or critique of interactive and/or participatory art must itself be interactive and/or participatory; that the technologies used to create a work suggest new forms a “text” might take.

* Remix and the Rouelles of Media Production
* Deseriis › No End In Sight
* Ulmer › The Learning Screen
* Varnelis › The Immediated Now
* Helmond › Lifetracing
* Freeman › Storage in Collaborative Networked Art
* Munster › Data Undermining
* Lichty › Art in the Age of DataFlo

by Authors and Collaborators of the Networked Book Project.
Facilitator: New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA).
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Gary Hall, Clare Birchall (eds.): New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader (2009)

29 June 2009, dusan

Culture Machine Liquid Books is a series of experimental digital ‘books’ published under the conditions of both open editing and free content. As such, you are free to compose, rewrite, edit, annotate, tag, add to, remix, reformat, reinvent and reuse any of the books in the series, or produce parallel versions of them – and what’s more you are expressly invited and encouraged to do so. The wiki has been set up to expressely facilitate such experimention. It provides you with read/write access to all the volumes in the Liquid Books series.

The first volume in the Culture Machine Liquid Books series is New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader. This has initially been put together by Gary Hall and Clare Birchall as a follow up to their 2006 woodware volume, New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press). The first ‘frozen liquid’ version of this book – New Cultural Studies: The Liquid Theory Reader (Version 1.0) – appeared as part of the Culture Machine journal’s ‘Pirate Philosophy’ issue in 2008.


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