Open source and open networks: the role of small independent new media labs

It is vital that alternative business models are being developed that allow for sharing and open flow of information while facilitating artists and designers to keep producing new ideas and material forms. There is a need to find the right way for small organizations and individuals to fit into the broader system of innovations. We still don’t have the networks and channels (and IP) that can possibly unleash the creative potential of these things exponentially.

Moderator: Denis Jaromil Rojo (Italy)

Jaromil is a developer and media artist inspired by the free software movement: he follows the ideal of open source development for the freedom of expression, to develop and share communication tools that are accessible and consitute horizontal media architectures. Based in Amsterdam, Jaromil is active on open source R&D for the Netherlands Media Art Institute and lecturer for art academies in Milano (MA D3D-NABA) and Rotterdam (PZwart MDMA). Among open source software he created and maintains are: MuSE (for running a web radio), FreeJ (for vee-jay and real-time video manipulation), HasciiCam (ASCII video streaming) and dyne:bolic GNU/Linux. These creations are redistributed by the Free Software Foundation and several other educational institutions worldwide. He is a featured artist in CODeDOC II (Whitney Museum Artport), Read_Me 2.3 ( software art), negotiations_2003 (Toronto CA), I LOVE YOU (MAK Frankfurt), Netarts – Anti-Violence (Machida Tokyo), Rhizome, Data Browser (Autonomedia), Crosstalks (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and in several other publications. Pre-summit contribution

Konrad Becker (Austria)

Konrad Becker is an interdisciplinary communication researcher, head of the Institute for New Culture Technologies/ t0, and, a cultural intelligence provider. Co-founder and chairman of Public Netbase (1994 – 2006), he has been active in electronic media as an artist, author, composer as well as curator, producer and organizer. The author and writer of texts on the politics of the infosphere investigate the cultural and social implications of technology in information societies. A founding member of various cultural networks he contributed to local and international cooperation of artists and cultural workers in the field of information and communication technologies. He was member of various policy boards and consultant for information technologies and culture. In response to the dominant security paradigm and to turn risk into cultural opportunities he initiated the Global-Security-Alliance.Com. Pre-summit contribution

Maja Kuzmanovic (The Netherlands)

Maja Kuzmanovic has completed her BA in Design Forecasting (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, cum laude) in 1996 and MA in Interactive Multimedia (University of Portsmouth, cum laude) in 1997. After her graduation, she led a range of interdisciplinary projects in research institutes in Europe (CWI, the Netherlands; GMD, Germany; Starlab, Belgium). Her research spanned novel forms of performance and multi-sensory storytelling, HC (H)I and responsive media design for virtual and mixed reality. For these works, in 1999 Maja was elected one of the Top 100 Young Innovators by MIT’s Technology Review. She founded FoAM as a research department for art, design and technology in Starlab in 2000, becoming a president of FoAM as an independent organisation in 2001 in Brussels and in 2002 in Amsterdam. Maja spends most of her time at FoAM designing, implementing and facilitating transdisciplinary collaboration, in long term research and production projects, through a residency programme and by conducting a series of workshops and public events. To disseminate knowledge and experience, she lectures, exhibits and publishes internationally at acclaimed art, design and technology conferences and festivals. Maja’s approach to participatory leadership has been recognised by the World Economic Forum, awarding her with the title ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2006. She is currently the coordinator of the Guild for Reality Integrators and Generators, where her research interests span hybrid and mixed reality design, interactive storytelling, environmental sustainability, responsive environments and techno-social aspects of food and food systems. Pre-summit contribution

Petko Dourmana (Bulgaria)

Petko Dourmana is an artist and curator based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Working with variable contemporary art forms he often involves technology and new media in his projects. His current interest is focused on representations of history in the present but also in variable speculative visions for the near future. His artistic and curatorial projects have been shown in conventional art spaces like ZKM Karlsruhe, ICA London, Chelsea Art Museum, Location One in New York but also in public space in Sofia, Berlin, Manchester, New York. He has participated in many international forums for art , technology and activism like Transmediale, Next Five Minutes, Re:activism, Net User. As a founder and chairman of InterSpace Association since 1998 he has been involved in production and co-production of art events and projects with Bulgarian and international artists. Pre-summit contribution

Gustaff Harriman Iskandar (Indonesia)

Gustaff Harriman Iskandar (b. 1974), graduated in 1999 from Fine Arts Department, Bandung Institute of Technology. Starting from 1999, Gustaff entered art management scene, wrote, participated in some visual art exhibitions and organized publishing of Trolley Magazine (2000 – 2001). By the end of 2001, along with R.E. Hartanto and T. Reza Ismail, he founded Bandung Center for New Media Arts, an organization that are focusing on the development of media art & multidisciplinary artistic practice in Indonesia. Having partnership with his wife, Reina Wulansari, and other colleagues, Gustaff is working on his art, working for the organization, curates exhibition, write and speak on discussions and symposiums. In year 2003 he developed Common Room, an artist initiative space that is being facilitated by Bandung Center for New Media Arts. Gustaff currently lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia. Pre-summit contribution

Atteqa Malik (Pakistan)

Atteqa Malik is a freelance digital artist and scholar from Pakistan who studies the changes that arise in the human condition as old values meet new technology. She received an MA in Media Studies from the New School University, New York in 2002. Her most recent paper is “Media Blackout_Networking News inside Pakistan to be presented at ISEA 2008, Singapore. Atteqa’s graphic piece called “Eyes glued to the screen but missing the real picture!” is currently on tour with the roaming Tehran Biennial. She mentored high school students to use softwares in audio and visual editing from the UNESCO Young Digital Creators portal. One of the multimedia projects created in 2007 “Karachi, Past, Present and Future” is being presented at ISEA 2008. Atteqa won 3rd prize for her proposal in digital storytelling of Intangible Heritage, organized by the Nabi Art Center, Korea in October 2004. Title of the project was “Diary of a Pakistani Vegetable Cart”. She is a currently working with Yasir Hussain, Nameera Ahmed and Amar Mehboob in Karachi to establish a Collective for Open Technology, Art and Culture named “Mauj”. Pre-summit contribution

Doan Huu Thang “Tri Minh” (Vietnam)

Since the beginning of 90s, after graduated from Hanoi Conservatory of Music as Excellent in composing degree, Tri Minh, together with some other young musicians started to play Jazz music in various locations in Hanoi. After a period of improvising with Jazz music, Tri Minh has started to explore his territory in electronic music. Started in 1999, Tri Minh has begun to compose and perform as a solo artist in many location and venue. With its more and more popularity, Tri Minh has established as the first truly electronic artist in Vietnam. In addition Tri Minh has, during the recent years, become renowned as an avant-garde musician and sound artist merging electronic, electro sounds and programming with traditional Vietnamese music and lyrics in combination with modern installations and performances. And had perform together or as part of with many international artists from Denmark, UK, US, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Hongkong, China, Philipin, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and has perfromed in Barcelona-Spain, Gottenborg-Sweden, Copenhagen-Denmark, Cologne, Berlin-Germany, Teipei-Taiwan. Pre-summit contribution

Stephanie O’Callaghan (Ireland)

Stephanie O’ Callaghan grew up in County Kerry, Ireland. She went on to take a Bachelors degree in English literature and History in University College Cork. Stephanie also holds a Higher Diploma in Arts Administration from University College Dublin and an MA in Communications and Cultural Studies in Dublin City University. For the last nine years she has worked with the Arts Council of Ireland, having previously worked with the Library Council, and in a number of small arts organisations in Ireland. Stephanie began as a Local Arts Development Executive in the Arts Council, progressed to the position of Combined Arts Officer and then the position of Arts Development Director.  She is currently an Arts Director with overall responsibility for policy and funding in visual arts, architecture, literature, film and traditional arts. She is also leading a three-year audience project which will determine the Council’s future policy in this area. Central to this will be the way in which new media are transforming both the production and dissemination of the arts, and challenging traditional audience definitions and models. She is a serving member of the state broadcaster, RTE’s Audience Council.

Michelle Kasprzak (Scotland)

Michelle Kasprzak (b. 1977) is a Visual Arts Officer for the Scottish Arts Council, the lead body for the funding, development and advocacy of the arts in Scotland. Previously she was the Programmes Director of national art and technology development agency New Media Scotland. Michelle completed her MA in Visual and Media Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2006, and later that year was awarded a curatorial research residency at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland. Michelle has appeared in numerous books and magazines, and on radio and television broadcasts for BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, CBC national, and several programmes in global syndication. She has written critical essays for Mute, CV Photo, Spacing, Public, and several online journals on a wide range of subjects in the realm of contemporary culture. The results of her curatorial work have appeared in venues worldwide, most recently at Canada House (London, UK), Holden Gallery (Manchester, UK) Urban Screens Manchester (Manchester, UK), Federation Square (Melbourne, Australia), and the Virtual Museums of Canada/Gallery TPW (Toronto, Canada). She is a member of IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

Francis Mckee (Scotland)

Francis McKee (b. 1960) is an Irish writer and curator working in Glasgow.Since 2005 he has been director of Glasgow International, and the Centre for Contemporary Arts. He is a lecturer and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art, working on the development of open source ideologies. He curated the Scottish participation at the Venice Biennale with Kay Pallister in 2003. Francis McKee has written extensively on the work of Scottish artists such as Christine Borland, Ross Sinclair, Douglas Gordon and Simon Starling and on other international artists including Matthew Barney, Pipilotti Rist, Willie Doherty, Joao Penalva and co-published books on the Icelandic Love Corporation and Salla Tykkä in collaboration with NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art). Francis McKee worked previously as an historian of medicine for the Wellcome Trust.

Ngalimecha Ngahyoma (Tanzania) – OBSERVER

Nagalimecha Ngahyoma is a member of Board of Trustee of the Tanzania Cultural Fund. He is also a Director of the Institute of Arts and Media Communication, and Director of Special Programmes in the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation. A graduate of Literature and Film at the University of Dar es Salaam and Film Institute of India – Pune, he is also working a play writer and producer director of stage plays, tv plays and documentaries. He is a Media practitioner.

Tan Sei-Hon (Malaysia)

Tan Sei Hon has previously worked as a part-time lecturer and an arts reviewer. He was a forum facilitator as well as contributing artist to E-Art ASEAN Online (- an interactive resource for electronic art in Southeast Asia.) The project was headed by Malaysian New Media artists Hasnul J. Saidon and Niranjan Rajah and funded by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in 1998. After leaving Sarawak, he was involved in building an independent singer-songwriter’s scene in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His partners and him (Troubadours-KL) co-organizes’ KL Sing Song’, a yearly event that showcases local-indie singer songwriters with original material. As a member of the visual arts collective SpaceKraft, he help co-organized ‘Chow Kit Arts Festival’ (2002), among the earliest if not the first indie multi arts festival in Kuala Lumpur. As a visual artist, he is interested in the use of art as a form of therapy and multi-arts for communities. He is currently working at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia as a curator.

Group Rapporteur: Emma Ota (UK/Japan)

Emma Ota is an independent curator, specializing in new media, based in Tokyo. Her projects include promoting artistic exchange between Japan and UK, and wider Asia and Europe. She is currently running the media art project Dislocate, exploring the relationship between art, technology and locality.


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