Alessandro Ludovico on Sun, 9 Sep 2007 21:15:30 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> ANAT: Get on your digital soapbox!

Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) are holding a series of FREE public forums as
part of still/open Program during September in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as part of their
emerging technology labs. The forums are running;

 Melbourne  6pm, 5th September 2007 @ Digital Harbour
 Perth   6pm, 10th September 2007 @ The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex
 Brisbane  6pm, 14th September @ The Judith Wright Centre

The forums will explore recent projects by internationally renown guest thinkers: Alessandro
Ludovico (Italy) a publisher, media artist and editor in chief of Neural (, Andy
Nicholson (Australia) a free software hacker, new media activist and part of the Engage Media
collective ( and Beatriz da Costa (USA) an interdisciplinary artist and
researcher who works with open science ( Creative Commons
Australia will open the floor for discussion of Open Source Culture.

Open Source Culture is the growing global phenomenon of creative practices of sharing content
for others to rework, reuse and redistribute. It has created a digital collective media culture and
cult like following where everyone from teenagers to grannies are getting involved. It has moved
from the programming sphere into the general and business community; the purchase of YouTube
for $1.65 billion and MySpace for $580 million by News Corp. and Google highlight just how much
value they can have.

Open Source Culture aims to empower the user and challenge the power of the media giants.
Currently a conflict is occurring between the owners of online "user generated" infrastructures and
those who use them. User submitted and generated content often is moderated by the site or
organization it is uploaded to, giving absolute control to the powers that be to do as they wish with
the content submitted. By its nature Open Source Culture brings up many opinions and questions
including; how open is Open Source Culture? Is it user friendly or financially beneficial to the big
players? How might artists make use this cultural movement? And [insert your own question here]
will be part of the discussion in the still/open forum.

The forums are presented as part of ANAT's emerging technology labs, which are responsible for
the hugely successful reSkin program.

For media information and availability of the facilitators for interviews please contact Amanda
Matulick on 8231 9037 or or for more information on the forums and
still/open please visit


Alessandro Ludovico
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