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Technologies for the People? A bottom-up approach to urban informatisation
Digital Clouds and Urban Spaces
Marleen Stikker (11.06.2014)
This talk focuses on bottom-up answers to digital civil rights and new formats of citizen participation. Urban social innovation offered by the Open Design and Creative Commons movement include the Fair Meter Initiative, which has launched a smart energy meter implementing social standards of data protection.
Das unvermeidliche Ende des Internet und der Untergang der Informationsgesellschaft
Digital Clouds and Urban Spaces
Thomas Grueter (11.06.2014)
Das Internet und die Infrastrukturen, die es benötigt, sind langfristig instabil. Der Vortrag erläutert die wichtigsten Schwachpunkte und die Gefahren, die sich daraus für unsere Lebenweise ergeben. Ohne Gegenmaßnahmen wird die Informationsgesellschaft noch in diesem Jahrhundert zusammenbrechen.
The Sustainable City as a Flexible Framework? Between the poles of local urban development and supra-regional networks.
Digital Clouds and Urban Spaces
Daiva Jakutyte-Walangitang (11.06.2014)
The presentation looks at the interelations between the increasing global networking- and development dynamics and the impact of locally anchored aspects of sustainability. On the one hand, cities are understood as heterogenous reference systems and their development in regard to sustainability, energy efficiency und – supply as part of a universal development dynamics, on the other hand the meaning of specific local urban situations is embedded in this context.
Another City is Possible: Networked Urbanism from Above and Below.
Digital Clouds and Urban Spaces
Adam Greenfield (11.06.2014)
The idea of IT driven urban renewal enjoys considerable intellectual currency at the moment in the popular media as well as conversations in architecture, urban planning, and local government. In this talk, Adam Greenfield will argue that these discourses offer a potentially authoritarian vision of cities under centralized, computational surveillance and control: overplanned, over-determined, and driven by the needs of enterprise. What might some more fruitful alternatives look like? How can we design urban technology that responds to our needs, demands, and desires? Above all, how might we inscribe a robust conception of the right to the city in the technological systems that will do so much to define urban experience in the twenty-first century?
Urban Development in the Information Age
Digital Clouds and Urban Spaces
Barbara Saringer-Bory (11.06.2014)
What are cities expecting to achieve through informatization and what is the role of information technology in these plans? The presentation will critically review current concepts of sustainable urban development and focus on IT systems which are being deployed, primarily in the area of mobility and energy.
The Need To Know
World-Information Institute
Steve Wright (17.01.2014)
"The Drift Towards Universal Surveillance" Steve Wright (UK) presentation on November 22nd 2013 on the new age of truly global surveillance and tracking with state capability sets that even the Stasi and George Orwell did not imagine. What are the long term, social and political ramifications of such capabilities and how can we successfully resist when they go beyond the limits of the law?
Shared Digital Futures - Vienna, June 2013
(July 2013)
"Shared Digital Futures" was a conference to explore the impact of digital network technologies for cultural production.

Over the last decade digitization has reached deep into our societies, invaded the archives, transformed production and distribution. The established divisions of labor are called into question, and deep challenges emerge to the theory and practices of many cultural domains.
"The New Access to Culture" workshop and public debate on Austrian cultural institutions and their digital future at the MAK was in collaboration with BMUKK.
Sharing Beyond the Digital Sphere
Shared Digital Futures
Brigitte Kratzwald (25.06.2013)
To extend the model of Peer Production beyond the immaterial sphere we must treat also natural resources as commons and give people the right to access these commons as a precondition for a life in dignity. Therefore it is necessary that governments and international organizations provide or at least respect the space and resources people need for self-government. But in addition it affords also a more profound change of paradigms how we understand ourselves as human beings and part of nature. This means to arrange each production process – be it agricultural, caring or technical – in a way that supports life in all its dimensions and not to establish a hierarchical order between these activities.
Debate: New Intermediaries
Shared Digital Futures
World-Information Institute (15.06.2013)
With Jamie King, Eric Kluitenberg and Marcel Mars. Hosted by Emilie Kleinszig.
Public Library*
Shared Digital Futures
Marcell Mars (15.06.2013)
The Internet brought the dream of providing access to all knowledge to everyone suddenly within reach. The Universal Public Library once seemed inevitable, a simple intersection of the trajectory curves of global personal computer distribution and Internet access penetration. However, the actual trajectory of the development is pointing in the opposite direction – libraries are being attacked, underfunded and could, indeed, go extinct. The dream of Public Library in the age of Internet, the dream of universal access to all human knowledge, must not be relinquished. And artists and hackers, as in many other instances, are taking upon themselves to make dreams reality.
Custodians and Enablers
Shared Digital Futures
Eric Kluitenberg (15.06.2013)
Bringing the Treasure Chamber to the Commons.

Lively cultural commons do not replace the expertise of professional cultural intermediaries, such as libraries and archives. They rather depend on them, as a source of trusted knowledge, as a standard for verification, and as a supplier of cultural and knowledge goods. The cultural professionals themselves however face a crucial change in the understanding of their own task: they change from custodians and gatekeepers of culture into enablers and facilitators of a new culture of massive public participation in the creation, interpretation and circulation of culture. This places them right at the heart of an emerging 21st century networked culture and experience economy.
Dealers in Free
Shared Digital Futures
Jamie King (15.06.2013)
This presentation centers on the film distribution platform VODO. Case studies from the project’s first three years will be presented and approaches to creating, activating and sustaining audiences in the context of freedom will be discusses. What are the challenges presently faced by independent creators wanting to access the promised land of ‘disintermediated’, gatekeeperless, online distribution? Who is surviving and prospering in the new environment — and how?
Debate: New Collective Authorship
Shared Digital Futures
World-Information Institute (15.06.2013)
With Femke Snelting, Ewen Chradronnet, Jonathan Saldanha, Daniel Garcia Andujar. Hosted by Konrad Becker.
From Visiting to Living, Into the Archive
Shared Digital Futures
Daniel García Andújar (15.06.2013)
The tools and resources offered by the new information and communications technologies are indissolubly linked to the processes of fundamental transformation. Social cooperation unveils its power in innovation and creation, offering models that permit distribution and expansion of contents for participants, users and audiences. Art has also a political function that requires ethical positions: aesthetic is not enough. Artistic practice, as I conceive it, must be transformed as a collective process into a form of “resistance” against a model that is obstinately aimed to prevail in a space of relations, which limits creativity, confiscates and manipulates the artist’s work diverting its energy towards a sterile confrontation and discouragement.
Prismatic Captures of Referential Landscapes
Shared Digital Futures
Jonathan Saldanha (15.06.2013)
Collective cultural practices are cultural inscriptions within the specific space and context of a city. Sub-texts emerge and engage a network of entropy, nodal points of infra-musical purpose. A third rhythm pulsates between the environment and the transmission of cargo: a non-linear space for a self-permutating, pluri-participative system that forges transnational collaborative alliances between like-minded agents of research and reconfiguration. DIY resources turned into a multifaceted cosmos, networks of transmissive circuits resonate and irradiate the specificity of their context. SOOPA, a group of people, artists and thinkers in Porto, not only constitute a multi-cephalous art and music platform but a prismatic capture of referential landscapes.
Collective Identities are Necessary, Progress Implies them
Shared Digital Futures
Ewen Chardronnet (15.06.2013)
Artists always had the necessity of twisting identity norms, of building collective authorship creations to extend their art and emancipatory action. There is a solid tradition of pseudonyms, heteronyms, political art groups or movements, band names and artist collectives who included in their practice the postulate of defying the cult of the “individual genius” through the practice of sampling, djing, cut-up technics or in multiple identities playgrounds. With the use of web age technology, new fields of action have opened up and with its evolution new strategies appear.
Tools for a Read-Write World
Shared Digital Futures
Femke Snelting (15.06.2013)
To develop and produce shareable content, many different practices are brought together, each carrying its own culture of collaboration. Here, digital tools function as probes into a multi-way web of connections, where communication technologies, digital materialities, systems for distribution and politics of production conflate. What if we take the notion of Read-Write beyond the “canvas” (the pixels of an image, the contents of a document), and collectively author software itself? How can we interrogate hardware, standards, platforms, frameworks, and ways-of-doing? What collective practices do we imagine, and which tools can make them happen?
Debate: Funding the Commons
Shared Digital Futures
World-Information Institute (14.06.2013)
With: Philippe Agrain, Olivier Schulbaum and ZOE.LEELA. Hosted by Emilie Kleinszig.
Art Continues to Evolve. Will we Do the Same?
Shared Digital Futures
ZOE LEELA (14.06.2013)
What would Bob Dylan be without Woody Guthrie? Quentin Tarantino without old B-Movies? Star Wars without Westerns? Nothing. There is no such thing as retro; there is only the evolution of art. Copying is immanent, every new idea an advancement of an older one. So, what’s changed? Copying was long an art reserved for the knowledgeable, for those with access, whereas now in our digital age everyone can help himself. This is also reason for my commitment as an advocate of C3S, a non-exclusive collective society to register musicians’ works outside of traditional schemes. C3S responds to the needs of musicians and artists by founding a new and ground-breaking European collecting society with musical creators themselves. This long overdue democratization of creativity shifts the concern from the material itself to the ways in which material is handled. In Brian Eno’s words, “It’s the process, not the product.”
Learn by Funding
Shared Digital Futures
Olivier Schulbaum (14.06.2013)
Making Social Entrepreneurship more Open and Open Entrepreneurship more Social

When we approach NGOs or other agents related to social entrepreneurship from the perspective of the economy of commons, confusion is often created through misunderstanding the terms, through translation and/or interpretation. These misunderstandings have repercussions for the development and impact of models and practices, hindering and limiting the potential for cooperation, progress and transformation of many good initiatives. That could also mean missed opportunities if crowd-funding is not accompanied by a commitment to the “crowd benefits” e.g.: where open replicability of social projects allows benefiting the rest of society, and not just those who have co-financed a good idea. A crowd-funded social project for the common good? Well show me the code + the money!
Debate: Politics of Sharing
Shared Digital Futures
World-Information Institute (14.06.2013)
with: Michel Bauwens, Trebor Scholz and Brigitte Kratzwald. Hosted by: Felix Stalder.
Digital Labor: New Opportunities, Old Inequalities
Shared Digital Futures
Trebor Scholz (14.06.2013)
This talk gives a face to a vast array of new, often invisible forms of digital labor that are part of the working lives of millions of people. How can we restrict digital labor when it is exploitative zombie labor and how can we support it when it takes on the form of public-spirited production? Scholz will introduce a set of proposals that can teach us how to walk away from the parasitical world of digital labor or how to transform it. He discusses the formation of novel forms of solidarity, much belated legal responses, “Fair Labor Badges”, and the creation of a shared innovation commons.
How to Render the p2p/sharing Economy More Autonomous
Shared Digital Futures
Michel Bauwens (14.06.2013)
While the commons is growing; it is not yet possible for many to obtain sustainable livelihoods outside the political economy of capitalism. However, at the P2P Foundation we believe that it is possible to ‘hack the system’; through the use of the peer production licenses; the creation of community-centric business entities by the commoners themselves (phyles) and by organizing these emerging commons-friendly networks around practices of open accounting, open supply chains; and the use of distributed factors of production. This new micro-economy points to a re-organized macro-level with a transformed civil society and ethical economy. What are the political requirements for such a transformation to occur?
Debate: The Art Work is Never Finished
Shared Digital Futures
World-Information Institute (14.06.2013)
With Lena Henningsen, Dirk Gehlen, Inke Arns- Moderated by Christian Höller.
Remix Culture and its Discontents
Shared Digital Futures
Inke Arns (14.06.2013)
On the Freedom of Art in the Age of ‘Intellectual Property’

In the Western tradition we think of art works as highly individual expressions of a distinctive, unique mind (the concept of “originality”). However, there has been a long tradition of (sub-)conscious “un-originality“ in modern and contemporary art consisting of methods of appropriation, adaptation and repetition of pre-existing visual material. Starting with examples from Dadaism, Pop Art, and Appropriation Art, the talk focusses on contemporary examples of sampling, remixing, and mashing up. Art has always built on pre-existing material in order to reflect upon and to criticize contemporary culture. However, certain artistic strategies are being used today on a much broader basis (“remix culture”). At the same time it is easier to track down the use of existing materials, and to prosecute artists for copyright infringements. However, only with recourse to existing material, artists are in a position to create new work.

There is a New Version Available
Shared Digital Futures
Dirk von Gehlen (14.06.2013)
How Digitalization Changes our Idea of Culture

In autumn 2012 Dirk von Gehlen started a crowd-funding project for his forthcoming book “A new version is available” and collected a reasonable sum to write a book about his ideas of culture as software. He simultaneously wanted to describe and prove his assumption that we have to regard books, movies and songs as a process not as a product. Like software that is delivered in versions culture can also be opened to its versions. Opening his desktop to his readers, they became spectators of the writing process. His readers took part in the development from the first sentence to the final copy-editing. In his presentation Dirk von Gehlen talks about the process of writing a book in public and about the future of text writing as code.
Copying as a Means for Creativity?
Shared Digital Futures
Lena Henningsen (14.06.2013)
‘Chinese Creativities’ and Plagiarism on the Chinese Bestseller Market

The realm of contemporary popular Chinese literature offers rich examples to examine closely how works refer to or make use of extant works. The presentation focuses on the works of two extremely popular young authors Han Han and Guo Jingming, the 2004 bestseller Wolf’s Totem by Jiang Rong, that won international fame through the Man Asian Literary Prize, as well as the sequels to the Harry Potter series written by Chinese authors. To understand these phenomena, it is necessary to look beyond legal and moral implications usually associated with copyright infringement. Only through such a broad approach can we understand these creative processes – and the social, economic and cultural circumstances in which literary texts are being produced.
The Challenges of Sustaining a Cultural Society with Multiple Contributors
Shared Digital Futures
Philippe Agrain (13.06.2013)
One of the greatly positive effects of the digital world is that many more people engage in creative and expressive activities and become able and willing to develop new capabilities to this effect. This positive development confronts us with great economic and social challenges. They have been long hidden by the focus of the cultural industry of the past on eradicating file sharing between individuals. It is time to take the real challenges in our hands and revisit the contribution of various schemes to the sustainability and development of digital culture. The talk will discuss in particular voluntary and statutory resource pooling schemes
Die Neuen Zugänge zu Kultur
World-Information Institute
World-Information Institute (12.06.2013)
Diskussionsveranstaltung zu: "Österreichische Kulturinstitutionen und ihre Zukunftsperspektiven"

Mit: Marc Sands, Director of Media and Audiences, Tate London / Laurence Rassel, Director Fondation Antoni Tapies, Barcelona / Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Direktor MAK Wien / Gabriele Fröschl, Österreichische Mediathek / Bettina Kann, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Moderiert von Felix Stalder
Die Neuen Zugänge zu Kultur - Begrüssung
World-Information Institute
World-Information Institute (12.06.2013)
Eröffnung der Diskussion durch Sektionschef Dr. Michael P. Franz, Leiter der Sektion Kultur des Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur und Konrad Becker.
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