This four-day festival that addresses social, technological and cultural issues surrounding the digital commons, takes the form of talks, presentations, workshops, discussions and screenings. It is held in The Science Gallery and in CTVR headquarters in Trinity College.
What does it mean to be open today?
If we speak of ‘the commons’ today as a general phenomenon, this has a lot to do with the modes of production, consumption and distribution that have emerged over the last two decades around information and communication technologies. This period has seen a growing emphasis on the social and juridical implications of sharing in the online domain, where a range of nonmarket and non-proprietary activities such as open source software, remix culture and commons-based peer production have led some to propose the advent of a ‘digital socialism’. However, as sharing and openness become the watchwords of the new corporations – as the commons are increasingly central to capitalism, such positions are no longer straightforward.
Open Here will bring together a transdisciplinary community of critical theorists, engineers, artists, designers and industry professionals to expand debates surrounding the digital commons. Key points of discussion will include the conflictive spaces of the digital commons, tactical media, net-art, digital policy, disruptive wireless practices, alternative spectrum ownership models, next-generation networks and the political economy of infrastructure.
Participants include: Michel Bauwens (BE), Ralph Borland, (ZA) Sarah Browne (IE), CTVR (IE), Marika Dermineur (FR), Fairwaves (RU), Jessica Foley (IE), Tim Forde (IE) Benjamin Gaulon (FR/IE), Robert Horvitz (US), Dmytri Kleiner (UA/CA), Franco Lacomella (AR), Sascha Meinrath (US), Rachel O’Dwyer (IE), Julian Oliver (NZ), Nora O’Murchu (IE) Jussi Parikka (FI), Paul Sutton (IE), Tom Rondeau (US), Steve Song (ZA), Danja Vasiliev (RU), Martin Weiss (USA), Mick Wilson and Thomas Wilson (IE).
This series of events is curated by Linda Doyle, Benjamin Gaulon and Rachel O’Dwyer and supported by ESOF2012, CTVR, & Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.