Eric Kluitenberg on Fri, 8 Nov 2013 22:23:38 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> What is Free Culture?

From: Aymeric Mansoux <>
Date: 6 november 2013 17:08:32 CET

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What is Free Culture? Three days workshop.
13th, 14th and 15th of November 2013, WORM, Rotterdam
Limited Capacity, booking:


OK, so... What is free culture exactly?

On paper, it seems a rather straightforward and simple thing: free
culture is a social movement that promotes making works that can be
freely copied, modified and distributed. Wikipedia, Linux, freely
downloadable music by net labels are good examples. Everything should be
accessible, used and reused anywhere for any purpose, without getting in
trouble with lawyers, signing over stuff to Google or Facebook, etc.

But is it so simple? In this workshop, we will critically investigate
free culture and the relationships between people creating free culture
projects. In specific case studies, we'll have a closer look at
different communities around Flickr, Debian, YouTube, ... as well as
communal religious movements.

We'll look for answers to the questions:

* Is there really such a thing as a free culture movement?
* If yes, is it defined by specific ways of work interactions?
  And how can we characterize them?
* Where do these models fall short?


What is Free Culture? is a workshop facilitated by Eleanor Greenhalgh
and Dave Young, with an introduction from Eric Kluitenberg and Aymeric
Mansoux, and an experimentation on live visual documentation design by
Loes Claessens and Bor Smulders.

The workshop has been made possible through a partnership between WORM,
the Piet Zwart Institute, the Willem de Kooning Academie and Creating
010, Hogeschool Rotterdam.

It is the very official and exclusive WORM-up workshop of FREE?!, a one
day event into the cultures of sharing, that will happen at Het Nieuwe
Instituut, the 29th of November 2013, Rotterdam, where the outcome of
the workshop will be presented, amongst many other things

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