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[Nettime-nl] 19th May: Freestyle - FLOSS In Design
matthew fuller on Tue, 11 May 2004 11:52:27 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] 19th May: Freestyle - FLOSS In Design

Freestyle - FLOSS In Design

A seminar on Free, Libre and Open Source Software in Design

Over the last few years 'Free Libre and Open Source Software' FLOSS, 
a form of collaborative software development has proven itself as a 
driving force of digital networks, especially the internet. Now this 
approach is beginning to open up new approaches in design and visual 
culture. This seminar will present clear information on this software 
and how it both challenges and provides new opportunities for media 

Art and design work using computers can often get stuck in the use of 
the same old tools. One thing that FLOSS does is to allow for new 
ideas to become software on a much faster timescale and with less 
reliance on conforming to a 'mass' market. Learning design 
increasingly means learning to use the applications of a smaller and 
smaller amount of companies. FLOSS offers one possibility for 
escaping such a trap.

At the same time FLOSS itself could do with a good dose of design. 
Born as it is through the energy and imagination of software 
developers, FLOSS can in some cases fall behind in meeting the needs 
of users who aren't also programmers. On the one hand this creates an 
important demand for greater technical literacy amongst users, but it 
also means that interfaces to, for instance, cultural practices, need 

The morning session will present an introduction to FLOSS software in 
design. The emphasis is on a realistic survey of the possibilities 
this way of working is opening up.

The afternoon will present a number of case studies. Artists and 
designers using FLOSS software will show and talk about the tools 
they work with, the culture of use of the software. Software 
developers will present their projects and open them up to questions 
and debate.

Kit Blake - Silva, content management system, Rotterdam; http://www.infrae.com

Erik Dooper - Open Source Software Lab, Amsterdam, will demo Scribus, 
SodiPodi and Inkscape. DTP and vector graphics applications. 

Rishab Aiyer Ghosh - Economist and editor of FirstMonday, Maastricht;

Graham Harwood - artist, London, speaking about The GIMP, image 
manipulation software;

Jaromil - GNU/Linux developer, South Italy, currently resident at 
Montevideo, Amsterdam; Dynebolic,

Willi LeMaitre & Eric Rosenzweig  - PlayList, software tools for 
collaborative video work;

Roger Teeuwen - Graphic Designer, Rotterdam

Antoine van de Ven - V2_Lab, Rotterdam, presents V2_Jam, research on 
combining and integrating open source media software; http://lab.v2.nl

Wednesday, May 19  |  10.30 - 17.00hrs  |  V2 Eendrachtstraat 10  |  Rotterdam
Fee for the day:  5euro,  2.50euro concessions
Advance Reservations: Eliane Roest (V2_), (010) 206 72 72, eliane at v2.nl

This seminar is jointly held by:
Media Design Research, Piet Zwart Institute http://pzwart.wdka.hro.nl/
Interactive Media, Hogeschool van Amsterdam http://www.hva.nl/
V2_Organisation, Institute for the Unstable Media http://www.v2.nl/

STREAM: This seminar will be streamed via http://www.v2.nl/live/
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