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Imagination as an epistemological weapon. Read his piece at Future Non-Stop

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Politics of Free Culture started from a clear consensus on the panel, that the current intellectual property regime had been outdated for quite some time and was now a severe blockage to cultural production and access, and that substantial changes had become inevitable.

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Philippe Agrain speaks  about a turning point in the information ecology and the “war on sharing”. Agrain is interested in the questions of an information continuum through cultural and intellectual exchange emphasizes that the internet changed the artist-user relation.

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The Dutch experience and Austrian perspectives

Public archives are managing, in the public interest, vast increasingly digitized collections of cultural heritage. Yet, the public interest is changing in the context of networked access and new practices regarding the use of cultural goods.

Date: June 21, 14:00-17:00

Place: Depot, Wien Breitegasse 3, 1070 Vienna

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Starting in June 2012 “Creativity: innovative models of production and access” is an initiative to systematize the investigation on new models of creative production and accesses to cultural material which seek a new balance between economic sustainability of the cultural sector and access to knowledge for society, as a way to stimulate creativity on all scales. We will be looking at both emerging actors as well as established institutions. The main result is a handbook with best practices and recommendations to be distributed among the sector professionals and public opinion.

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World-Information Institute in cooperation with Depot:

Critical Strategies in cultural everyday life

Presentation and Discussion with and by Stevphen Shukaitis

Thursday 26 November 2009
Start: 7pm
Place: Depot
Breite Gasse 3
1070 Vienna

Book Launch:

Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life
Stevphen Shukaitis, Minor Compositions 2009, an imprint of Autonomedia, ISBN 978-1-57027-208-0, 256 Seiten

“Imaginal Machines explores with humor and wit the condition of art and politics in contemporary capitalism. It reviews the potentials and limits of liberatory art while charting the always-resurgent creations of the collective imagination.”
Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation

Strategic Reality Dictionary: Deep Infopolitics and Cultural Intelligence
Konrad Becker, Autonomedia 2009, ISBN 978-1-57027-202-8, 160 Seiten

“The Strategic Reality Dictionary offers seventy-two keys to the construction, imposition and maintenance of contemporary systems of inclusion and exclusion, which only function for two principle reasons: because of stealth, and because they are able to engineer our own unconscious beliefs.”
Brian Holmes

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Beyond the obsolete models of artist or author as genius and their fetish objects, what collective and collaborative practices are inventing new terrains and flows?

As information and communication technologies saturate our world, how is art giving way to new forms of cultural symbolic manipulation?

Can we identify new models to replace the auteur and the artwork? If so, where do they come from and what might that say about the future of critical practices?

What new kinds of “virtual” spaces are opening up for cultural practice in electronic media? As “old media” begin to collapse under the pressures of the virtual, what new media can we find?

How are didactic illustration and channeled dissidence giving way to new forms of surprise and intensity?

What strategies elude the creative industries’ seemingly infinite appetite for things radical? Are there any strategies that can elude being reduced to styles in the service of sales, or are critical practices doomed to play cat and mouse with the forces of consumerism?
A World-Information Institute event in cooperation with Ludwig Boltzmann Institute/Media.Art.Research and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACF NY)

Publication: “Critical Strategies in Art and Media”, Autonomedia 2010


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Konrad Becker/ Felix Stalder [eds.] Studienverlag & Transaction Publishers, 2009. 220 pages. ISBN 978-3-7065-4795-6

Information is useless if it cannot be found and it is not a co-incidence that a search engine like Google has turned into one of the most significant companies of the new century. These engines are never just practical tools to deal with information overload. Such cognitive technologies embed political philosophy in seemingly neutral code.

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