[okfn-discuss] Art + Politics of P2P Bristol March 24

jonni jemp jonni.jemp at gmail.com
Sun Mar 15 11:38:55 UTC 2009

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The Art + Politics of P2P
24 March, 19.00
Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

Michel Bauwens
Respondents: Matthew Fuller and Olga Goriunova

The presentation introduces the work of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer
Alternatives - a clearing house for open/free, participatory/p2p and
commons-oriented initiatives. The interest is in how P2P networks
challenge hierarchical server-client relations and provide an
alternative organisational principle for understanding cultural
production and the creation of value. In discussion we aim to explore
the potential of this way of thinking to re-energise the production of
art following the principle that emergent and radical arts practices can
be found in social energies not yet recognised as art.

Michel Bauwens is an active writer, researcher and conference speaker on
the subject of technology, culture and business innovation. He is the
founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in
collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of
peer production, governance, and property. He teaches at the Dhurakii
Pundit University International College in Bangkok, Thailand.

Matthew Fuller is author of 'Behind the Blip, essays on the culture of
software' and 'Media Ecologies, materialist energies in art and
technoculture' and is editor of 'Software Studies, a lexicon' amongst
other titles. He works at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths
and is involved in a number of projects in art, experimental software
and media.

Olga Goriunova is currently a Lecturer in Interactive Media at the
Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College. She has been involved
in the field of software cultures, co-producing four software art
festivals Readme (http://readme.runme.org) and a software art repository
Runme.org. She is currently working on a book 'Art Platforms'.


organised by Arnolfini and Art & Social Technologies Research (University
of Plymouth), with support from the Pervasive Media Studio/Watershed.


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