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[chox] noch ne Konferenz in Wien

Kriege gerade über minciu sodas das folgende rein. 

Public netbase macht 2 Wochen nach der oxKonferenz 
folgendes Ding mit recht interessanten Themen:


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| Announcement and Call for Participation:
| FREE BITFLOWS: Cultures of Access and Politics of Dissemination
| http://freebitflows.t0.or.at
| Vienna June 2004
| * Conference
| * Workshops
| * Exhibition
| * Residency

What's going on here?

In early June 2004 a digital culture event will be held in Vienna to
examine the theories and practices for making new cultures of access

The problem is clear, but not the solution. As some means of production
are becoming as cheap as to be practically freely accessible (last
year's computer equipment, software, basic Internet access), a new
question confronts independent cultural producers: "how can we organize
access to cultural works to match the new freedom of production?"

The Internet came with a promise that 'everybody can be a publisher'.
Although not everybody wants to be a publisher, those who actually do,
find it very hard to make it work. As it turns out, this promise is only
true in an extremely limited, technical sense. While, yes, I can set up
a website, or put my song on Kazaa, but what next? The problem becomes
not so much technical as social- there is lots of sharing, but little in
terms of making a living. Money remains squarely in the hands of the old

The issue of distribution is not just an economic question. It's also a
political one. At stake is the "semiotic democracy", that is the ability
of the largest number of people to create and share culture freely, and
it is about making sure that in the context of overabundance and
heavy-hitting marketing machines, new, independent content can still
find its audience. In short, the question is how do innovative
production and distribution come together to support each other. Free
Software seems to have found a way to do just that, but what about the
rest of cultural production?

We invite the interested public to participate in this event. There are
many ways to do that. Coming June, you can join is in Vienna. Before
that, artists, theorists, observers, activists or space aliens are
invited to propose presentations for the conference and themes for the
workshops, to submit works for the exhibition, or apply for a residency.

Further information on the conference, workshops, residencies and
exhibition can be found on the project website and below.

Free Bitflows is a part of the exStream project, a two-year
collaborative project in which five media art organisations are working
together through the exchange of organisational, artistic and
technological resources to create a common platform for the creation and
distribution of new media art projects: Hull Time Based Arts (Hull, UK);
V2_ (Rotterdam, NL); Bootlab (Berlin, DE); interSpace Media Art Center
(Sofia, BG); t0 / Institute for New Culture Technologies - Public
Netbase (Vienna, AT)

The conference will take place on June 3-4, 2004. In format it will
proceed along a series of relatively dense presentations, organized into
larger themes, to facilitate the interaction among the presenters and
with the audience. We expect this to allow us to deal in depth with four
themes, roughly three speakers each. We invite those interested to
submit a proposal for a talk. Below are the four main themes, please
indicate which of these your talk would address.

* Organizational Intelligence for Independent Producers:
"Content Syndication and Sharing"

The content gap is encroaching the independent information providers-
The ruthless market efficiency not only shapes content, the quality and
depth of information content, in the mainstream channels but the
pressure of a global neoliberal regime also has various effects on the
not-for-profit intelligence nodes. Being able to compete in certain
standards and formats of culture and knowledge dissemination requires
smart, mobile and flexible solutions which make best use of the tools of
information technology. Global informational networking seems too
obvious to mention... but how can it be made into an actual practice and
real asset for independent content providers?

Possible Topics:

- Reconfiguring Independent radios
- Content Sharing for Independent Publications
- Independent TVs and the crisis of content

* Search and Destroy
"The politics of search engines and retrieval systems"

Search engines are essential aspects of pull media. Yet, as the recent
rumors of Microsoft?Äôs takeover of Google have indicated again, the
search space is not neutral. "Access for all" is not only about hardware
and bandwidth, digital restrictions or passwords for gated content, but
also about the makeup of the data space structure retrievability - of
autonomous machinic intelligence, literacy for networked computers and
distributed processes. The next digital divide between state/corporate
powers and independent actors of civil society is manifest in this realm
of advanced systems pattern recognition and computer aided decision
making and semi-intelligent memory construction or information
deflection. Database politics are at the heart of Homeland Security and
geomarketing, of the Intelligence Business and the electronic mass
media. We would like to investigate the cultural and political
implications for an emancipatory practice look into the tools that are
available to the public vs. the means that are accessible to select
entities and corporations and how to be able to find independent content
in the massive information flood. Distributed processing power and P2P
search systems could provide Information filter capabilities that
outperform corporate CPU farms similar to a SETI project that looks for
life on earth.

Possible Topics:

- The political economy of searching: tools and access
- A Critique of Google: one search engines to rule them all?
- Network Indexing: metainformation, p2p indexing and other strategies

*Darknet Reloaded
"Secret Infotunnels and the Net Beyond DRM"

The famous Microsoft study concludes that the powers that be don't stand
a chance to the reality of the so called "Darknet". A somewhat
optimistic note from an unexpected side. What exactly is the Darknet and
how can its dynamic, which seems to be able to humble mega corporations,
be applied to further the levels of freedom and independence in digital
networks. How can the privileges of the corporate structures be used
against the logic of the free markets and how can the invisible hand
work its occult spells in favor of the streets. Alternative
(infra)structures and hybrid solutions after the WiFi hype and the next
generation of anonymous P2P

Possible Topics:

- Anonymity: a relic of the 1990s?
- Freenets and other anti-censor technologies
- Kingdom of Crack and the State of Warez

* Compensation (De)Central
"Alternative systems and concepts for compensation of authors"

What are the new models and alternatives for a direct beyond the big
gatekeepers of the music industry? With only 5% percent of the value
going to the creators, there are chances to cut out the media cartels to
achieve a fair compensation for artists and a broad distribution of
"stuff". What are existing examples and what should we learn from the
experiences being made. To reclaim utopias in defense of the imagination
might provide enough room for manoeuvre to allow the emergence of new
practices beyond the all too real dystopias of digital restrictions at
the end of the world as we know it.

Possible Topics:

- If we fail: The world according to DRM
- Alternative Compensation Schemes for digital content: the vision
- Alternative Distribution of Music: the reality today


Workshops are organized in various locations for hands on skill sharing.
Proposals are welcome.

Exhibition Call

The show will present examples of artistic practice in net cultures that
provide a deeper understanding of the dynamics of information
distribution, accessibility and retrieval. Projects that fit into the
overall context of the event theme include, among others, applications
that handle structuring of heterogeneous media and data sources or
combinations of push and pull media applications and the use of live
streaming as well as installations that deal with distributed content or
investigating a balance of exchange in file sharing.

The exhibition is intended to provide a broad view that looks into data
mapping and indexing, the ambiguity of data processing and machinic
analysis, as well as ways to explore alternative carriers for data
transmission, privacy and secrecy. Staging works dealing with
overarching issues from intellectual property and restrictions
management to new network charts will give a complementary artistic
perspective to the conference talks and workshops.

We are looking for a selection of works to be presented or installed in
an exhibition for a 2 week period in Vienna June 2004

Submitted works should address the issues above and reflect on the
conference themes on a technically manageable level.

Please provide us with concept, description and a detailed list of the
technical equipment for a suggested installation setup. Please indicate
if you need to be present for setup and installation and/or takedown.

Residencies Available

The project includes a small number of residencies for artists to
develop a project for the event in June. There are still residencies
available which are intended to allow applicants to develop a project in
Vienna to be presented at Free Bitflows. These short term residencies
(up to one month) include travel within Europe/ accommodation/
subsistence and artist fee.

All applications should refer to the format and space requirements of
their proposed presentation/installation in Vienna, including maps and

Please apply with concept, description and detailed technical list of
the equipment for your project as well as additional requirements during
the residency.

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