**MEDIA RELEASE - For Immediate Release: I August 2007**
Get on your digital soapbox!
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) are holding a series of FREE public
forums as part of still/open Program during September in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as
part of their emerging technology labs. The forums are running;
Melbourne 6pm, 5th September 2007 @ Digital Harbour
Perth 6pm, 10th September 2007 @ The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex
Brisbane 6pm, 14th September @ The Judith Wright Centre
The forums will explore recent projects by internationally renown guest thinkers:
Alessandro Ludovico (Italy) a publisher, media artist and editor in chief of Neural
), Andy Nicholson (Australia) a free software hacker, new media
activist and part of the Engage Media collective (http://engagemedia.org/
) and Beatriz da
Costa (USA) an interdisciplinary artist and researcher who works with open science
). Creative Commons Australia will open the floor for
discussion of Open Source Culture.
Open Source Culture is the growing global phenomenon of creative practices of sharing
content for others to rework, reuse and redistribute. It has created a digital collective
media culture and cult like following where everyone from teenagers to grannies are
getting involved. It has moved from the programming sphere into the general and business
communities; the purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion and MySpace for $580 million by
News Corp. and Google highlight just how much value they can have.
Open Source Culture aims to empower the user and challenge the power of the media giants.
Currently a conflict is occurring between the owners of online "user generated"
infrastructures and those who use them. User submitted and generated content often is
moderated by the site or organization it is uploaded to, giving absolute control to the
powers that be to do as they wish with the content submitted. By its nature Open Source
Culture brings up many opinions and questions including; how open is Open Source Culture?
Is it user friendly or financially beneficial to the big players? How might artists make
use this cultural movement? And [insert your own question here] will be part of the
discussion in the still/open forum.
The forums are presented as part of ANAT's emerging technology labs, which are
responsible for the hugely successful reSkin program.
For media information and availability of the facilitators for interviews please contact
Amanda Matulick on 8231 9037 or communicate(a)anat.org.au or for more information on the
forums and still/open please visit www.anat.org.au/stillopen/blog/forums/
ANAT is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts
its arts funding and advisory body, by the South Australian
Government through Arts SA http://www.arts.sa.gov.au
and the Visual Arts and Craft
Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.