Saturday, March 14, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] artists as inventors in social sphere


an area where many artists are involved in social experimentation
is of course in the open source/copyleft/creative commons types

michael mandiberg just brought to my attention
the "one for the commons' project by artists

Michael Mandiberg <>
March 13 at 2:51am
artists *are* inventors. just ask... Leonardo. that's really great. and the
short format Leonardo format is a nice addition. Jon Ippolito is pretty
awesome. He is an advisor on a new project I'm working on: One For The
Commons. . (The website just went up today, and still has
some holes in it, but the ball is rolling). best, michael

the web site doesnt have much beyond a statement of purpose which is:

One for the Commons is an initiative to bring open licensing, such as
Creative Commons, into the fine arts and design community. The idea of
sharing culture, Open Source software, and a DIY ethos of sharing pervade
much of the communities built around computing and creating. Like the music
industry, and soon the publishing industry, the fine arts and design
community has resisted this epistemic shift as a threat to their control
over intellectual property. This resistance relegates the arts and design to
a position outside the cultural transformation that has lead to the rise of
user generated culture, citizen journalists, and TV shows that are built
entirely around reporting on what is hot on the Internet. Fine arts have the
opportunity to embrace this possibility, or suffer even more marginalization
than the culture wars provided.

We are asking living artists to declare at least one image Creative
Commons-Attribution, or Public Domain. These images will be include in a
book published at the end of the year, entitled "400 For the Commons" or
"534 for the Commons" or however many images we generate in that period of
time. The following year a new book will be published.

For artists who are willing to license a larger number or percentage of
their images in a open license, we will consider publishing 50 to 100 page
monographs. More details on that coming soon.

We are using Wikipedia's notability guidelines as the guide by which we
judge historical importance. Which is to say, if you have an entry on
wikipedia that hasn't been taken down, or flagged for notability, we want
your work. Also, if you don't have an entry, but really think you should and
want to be part of this project, let us know. And remember -- you can't
write your own wikipedia article: its bad karma, against the rules, and will
get taken down by the maintainers ASAP.

technological artists have been "early adopters' of telecommunications
systes and in many

cases have explored many of the social uses we now attribute to internet
culture long before

either the research or industrial communities were interest

we did a leonardo special issue in 1991 guest edited by roy ascott and carl

*Leonardo Journal V24 #2, 1991. MIT Press*

Connectivity. Art and Interactive Telecommunications. Special Issue. Guest
Editors: Roy Ascott, Carl Eugene Loeffler.

which documented many of the explorations of social innovations explored by
artists using interactive telecommunications systems


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