An interview with Michel Bauwens

Lawrence Bird provides an in-depth interview with Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives.

Focusing initially on how peer-to-peer production sits outside established market systems, Bauwens talks about the ways capitalism might respond. From out of the 'broken feedback loop' between the creation and realisation of value, he registers the emergence of an important seam of socially engaged art forms leading the way in forging new modes of production. And ultimately, bound up in the relational structures of contemporary digital culture, he identifies the many possibilities of entirely new communities, cultures and types of creativity.

Visit the Furtherfield website to read this interview.

Disrupting the Continuum - an interview with Rob Myers 

Introduction by Charlotte Frost

Mark Hancock looks at Rob Myers' Shareable Readymades, which combine open source culture with a new perspective on the idea of original and copyrighted artworks.

As Hancock discovers, the result is a project that explores our consumerist ideas about owning art, alongside the way the Internet changes our relationship to production and sharing. Artworks are also found to be no longer constrained by time and space. Access to the raw data of the source file might be all that is needed to create them and a new version of art history. Download Disrupting the Continuum in Word format or PDF format.

Media Lab Culture in the UK

by Charlotte Frost

Though the term 'lab' conjures the image of a fairly sanitised environment optimised for scientific experiments and populated by people in white coats, media labs - centres for creative experimentation - are quite different. At their most basic, they are spaces - mostly physical but sometimes also virtual - for sharing technological resources like computers, software and even perhaps highly expensive 3D printers; offering training; and supporting the types of collaborative research that do not easily reside elsewhere. Download Media Lab Culture in Word format or PDF format.

Towards a free/ libre/ open/ source/ university: shifts in contemporary models of art and education

by Paula Roush

There is currently a significant amount of interest in the relationship between free and open source practices in art and the aim of this report is to map out some of these shifting relationships in contemporary models of education both online and offline. The recent expansion of so-called 'free culture' has contributed to placing the debate over authorship, ownership and licensing of the artwork at the centre of artistic production.  

Download free/ libre/ open/ source/ university: shifts in contemporary models of art and education in PDF format.

Additional articles

Introduction texts by Rob Myers

Open Source and Collective Art Practice by Saul Albert

Saul Albert founded the University Of Openness, the ever-popular hacker event Dorkbot London, and now runs The People Speak: a project based around game shows and other participatory media forms that really get people talking. Here he writes about the practicalities of applying open source ideas to art (just a year after the phrase itself was first coined). http://twenteenthcentury.com/saul/os.htm

In Their Own Words by Joy Garnett

Joy Garnett is an artist and blogger based in New York. Her gestural paintings depict dramatic scenes from images found on the Internet and her blog NewsGrist is a great source of up-to-the-minute information on free culture issues. Here she writes about how the idea of open source relates to her paintings and art production more generally. http://www.nyfa.org/level3.asp?id=349&fid=6&sid=17

Open Source Art by Jon Phillips

Jon Philips has worked for Creative Commons as well as for the company producing StatusNet: an open source Twitter alternative. He founded the Open Clipart Library and the Open Font Library and is now working on 3D printing tools. Here he writes about the precedents for and ideological implications of making open source art. http://rejon.org/media/cvsbook/cvsbook/src/openSourceArt/openSourceArt-phillips.doc.pdf

Open Source Art Again by Rob Myers

Rob Myers is an artist, hacker and writer. He's a regular reviewer on Furtherfield and an Art and Humanities Community Ambassador for the Open Knowledge Foundation. His Sharable Readymades project - and specifically the timely "Balloon Dog" open source 3D printable. Here he writes about the complicated notion of open source art. https://github.com/robmyers/open_source_art/

Culture is Public Because Meaning Is by Sal Randolph

Sal Randolph's art is concerned with social architecture and gift economies. Projects such as the Free Biennale, Free Manifesta and OpSound have involved hundreds of people in temporary or ongoing systems of free exchange and public performance. Here she writes about the ethical and anthropological lessons offered up by the application of free and open source software in art. http://salrandolph.com/text/9/culture-is-public-because-meaning-is

Why Art Should Be Free by Jon Ippolito

Jon Ippolito is an artist, curator and new media scholar who explores collaboration and networking enabled by digital technology, informed by an abiding interest in the legacy of conceptual art. Here he explains the philosophy of why art must be free (free as in free speech) and describes some practical ways of making this happen. http://three.org/ippolito/writing/why_art_should_be_free/