Filed under augmented book | Tags: · augmented reality, commons, cultural politics, information aesthetics, innovation, intellectual property, mashup, reenactment, remix
The reinvention of the real through critical practices of remix, mash-up, re-contextualization, reenactment
Romaeuropa FakeFactory is an act of artistic and technological hacking, a platform for global discussion and a performance that, beginning in 2009, has dealt with the themes of active, critical and creative innovation, confronting the management of cultural and technological policies related to these areas. The story begins with the opening of the Romaeuropa WebFactory, a digital art competition launched in 2008 by the Romaeuropa Foundation (Fondazione Romaeuropa) and Telecom Italia. Oppressive copyright conditions, such as the unilateral transfer of the rights to the works submitted and a ban on the use of techniques like mashup, cutup, remix but conversely giving the Romaeuropa Foundation and Telecom Italia the right to remix the works, inspired the creation of a Fake capable of becoming a point for multi-disciplinary analysis of the possibilities offered by freely available knowledge, contents and resources: a chance to reverse the logic of the competition and bring to light the contradictions, limits and implications of such a typical, reactionary cultural policy.
“Remix the world! Reinvent Reality!” is one of the principal themes that has inspired the REFF, from an act of détournement and cybersquatting – that brought to life the creation of a remix skills competition determining in 2009 a reversal of the Romaeuropa Foundation and Telecom Italia’s policy on the management of intellectual property rights – to the presentation of REFF’s instances and methodologies to the Cultural Commission of the Italian Senate (Commissione Cultura del Senato della Repubblica Italiana), up to the current production of the REFF book, as a global effort to create a working business model that implements the concepts and demands expressed by the RomaEuropa FakeFactory. Supporters of the REFF are found all over the world: over 80 partners among universities, artists, academies, associations, hackers, researchers, designers, journalists, politicians, magazines, networks, activitst, art critics, architects, musicians and entrepreneurs together with all the people who share a belief that art, design and new technologies can unite towards a critical, yet positive vision of a world that can create new opportunities and new ways of being, collaborating and communicating.
English version to be published soon.
Foreword by: Bruce Sterling
Edited and produced by FakePress and Derive&Approdi
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial ShareAlike 2.5 Italy.
Filed under book | Tags: · art, art history, contemporary art, everyday, life
This book examines the most recent shifts in contemporary art practice. By working with artists and closely observing the way in which they relate to urban space and engage other people, locally and globally, Nikos Papastergiadis provides a critical account of the transformation of art and public culture. He shows art has sought to democratise the big issues of our time and utilize new information technologies. While the concept of the everyday highlights the potential for transformation at the level of the individual, at the same time it has to be seen as a critique of broader structures; in this book Papastergiadis stresses the importance of situating a work within art history as well as relating it to its social context. Spatial Aesthetics will help artists, curators and cultural workers think about the ways they intervene in public life. Challenging recent declarations in the art world that theory is obsolete, it seeks to show how art uses ideas, and how everyone can be involved in the ideas of politics and art.
Originally published by Rivers Oram Press, 2006.
Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2010
Theory on Demand series, No. 5
Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works 3.0 Netherlands License
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Sandy Fitzgerald (ed.): New Times New Models – Investigating the internal governance models and external relations of independent cultural centres in times of change (2010)
Filed under book | Tags: · cultural politics, governance, independent culture, nonprofit
The book investigates the How? and Why? of independent culture in Europe. It is based on presentations given at the conference at held at TEH Member Centre Pekarna Magdalenske Mreze (Maribor, Slovenia) in January 2010, and also looks at regional case studies, current models of practice and key recommendations for the independent cultural sector.
Foreword: Gregor Kosi
Publisher: Maribor: Pekarna Magdalenske Mreze, 2010