[-empyre-] OSW: open source writing in the network

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jan 25 03:41:17 EST 2012

Hi Smita & all,

I want to try and respond clearly to some of the questions you pose below...

 >It’d be interesting to explore thoughts (and experiences) on IP
 >and development of open models of writing and publishing; how does
 >it hinder and can it help, ever?; the motivations behind the
 >use/development of open-models and the value attributed to such
 >use; role and meaning of collaborative authorship for the
 >participants. While several points in relation to these have
 >come up in a number of posts in the last two weeks, it’d be great
 >to develop them a bit further!

Firstly, anyone and group or institution who decides to close down 
possibilities of shared distribution, whether this be publishing, an 
on-line community/platform, or shared files; are proposing a power shift 
based on principles. This communicates to its users/community, its 
consumers "we are not open we are closed". The idea that this action 
creates quality due to proposed ideas in accordance to curation or 
similar conceptions, are either not acknowledging, not listening or are 
not aware or do not actually care; of the social disconnect and its 
consequences when closing down a 'culturally free-zone'.

If we are discussing traditional journalism in the UK, most of the 
individuals writing in these columns are either celebrities or ex oxford 
and Cambridge students. This declares that class distinction, status and 
privilege is the deciding factor in respect of who is worthy of 
'official' respect and support amongst the ranks of news related 
'printed & on-line media'. This spurious notion that (quality) selection 
is objective and in the end creates a higher quality press is a myth, it 
has more to do with upholding positions of power over others.

If we are to evolve beyond the limitations and the tyranny over 
consciousness, it begins with suborning law or bending it in accordance 
to our needs at the time. Because, as usual the elites are never ready 
to accept the needs of others, only their own immediate needs. Hence the 
constant building of stronger established frameworks and protocols in 
order to make their positions less vulnerable, by only letting in 
particular individuals into their fold that accept or become complicit 
with 'upper' peer agreements which, strengthening the infrastructures of 
these pantheons - in the Max Weber sense of the word.

This is why a blurring of what is deemed as 'legitimate' publishing has 
to happen, so that we can all re-asses these matters on a more level 
field, with the inclusion of publicly shared distribution models. Which 
is why discussions such as this on Empyre are important.

In my next post to you and all, I will offer actual examples referring 
some of the experiences and projects I have been involved in, as well as 
sharing comparisons that aim to highlight hermetically sealed cultures 
that act to close things of, relating to the very issues discussed above.

Wishing you well.

> Hello everyone!
>  A warm welcome to this week’s guests: Marc Garrett and Joss Hands.
> Thanks to Simon, Penny, Tiziana, Dmitry, Salvatore and Adam as well 
> all other discussion contributors for their thought-provoking comments 
> in the last two weeks. I have, as a lurker, really enjoyed the 
> comments, examples and references.
> My research interests are in exploring and investigating artists’ and 
> users’ perspectives on creation, dissemination and exploitation of new 
> forms of content and their relationship with authorship and copyright.
> I’d like to focus this week’s discussion on intellectual property, 
> economics and open models of writing and publishing. Collaborative 
> authorship does not sit very well within the copyright framework 
> (Seville 2006) and open-source models focus on sustaining 
> collaborative production within the boundaries of existing IP regimes 
> (Biagioli 2011). It’d be interesting to explore thoughts (and 
> experiences) on IP and development of open models of writing and 
> publishing; how does it hinder and can it help, ever?; the motivations 
> behind the use/development of open-models and the value attributed to 
> such use; role and meaning of collaborative authorship for the 
> participants. While several points in relation to these have come up 
> in a number of posts in the last two weeks, it’d be great to develop 
> them a bit further!
> Best,
> Smita
> On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM, Simon Biggs <simon at littlepig.org.uk 
> <mailto:simon at littlepig.org.uk>> wrote:
> >
> > Welcome to the third and last week of this discussion about open 
> source writing and publishing on empyre. Firstly I would like to thank 
> Adam Hyde, Salvatore Ianconesi, Penny Travlou, Tiziana Terranov and 
> Dmytri Kleiner for the dynamic discussion they have established over 
> the past two weeks, as well as all empyre members who have posted 
> emails to the thread. I hope everyone can remain engaged as we move 
> into the third week.
> >
> > To recap the theme: in a globalised and highly mediated context we 
> wish to focus empyre discussion on how writing and publishing are 
> currently evolving in the context of global networks. We hope to 
> engage a debate about open models of writing and publishing and gain 
> insight into how changes in notions and practices of authorship, 
> media, form, dissemination, intellectual property and economics affect 
> writing and publishing as well as the formation of the 
> reader/writerships, communities and the social engagement that must 
> flow from that activity. Specifically, we wish to look at examples of 
> open publishing, whether they be FLOSS manuals, copyLeft or 
> CopyFarLeft or other publication models, in order to look at new 
> methods for knowledge making and distribution. We also wish to 
> consider how communities of shared-value emerge through such 
> initiatives and how their members are able to identify themselves to 
> one another and others.
> >
> > This week's facilitator is Smita Kheria and our guests are Joss 
> Hands and Marc Garrett.
> >
> > Marc Garrett is an activist, artist, writer and co-director/founder 
> (with artist Ruth Catlow) of internet arts collective 
> http://www.furtherfield.org (since 96) and the Furtherfield Gallery & 
> social space in London. Through these platforms various contemporary 
> media arts exhibitions and projects are presented nationally and 
> internationally. Marc also hosts a weekly media arts radio programme 
> on Resonance FM, co-edited the publication "Artists Re: thinking 
> games" and is editing a new publication "Conversations As We Leave The 
> 21st Century". He is currently undertaking a PhD at Birkbeck 
> University, London.
> >
> > Joss Hands is a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University where he is 
> Director of the Anglia Research Centre in Digital Culture 
> (ARCDigital). His research interests are at the intersection of 
> technology, new media, politics and critical theory. His focus has 
> been in two main areas. The role of technology in providing an arena 
> for the expression of dissent and the organisation of resistance 
> movements and the role of technology in more formal democratic 
> procedures, specifically the role of the Internet in contributing 
> towards the development of deliberative democracy. He has recently 
> completed a book on digital activism, "@ is for Activism: Dissent, 
> Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture", published by Pluto Press.
> >
> > Smita Kheria is a lawyer and lecturer in law at the University of 
> Edinburgh. Her focus of interest is intellectual property law and 
> issues around authorship, especially concerning artists' practices 
> with new media. Smita is an associate of SCRIPT: the AHRC Research 
> Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology and is 
> Supervising editor (Intellectual Property) for SCRIPT-ed, the journal 
> of Law, Technology & Society.
> >
> >
> > best
> >
> > Simon
> >
> >
> >
> > Simon Biggs
> > simon at littlepig.org.uk <mailto:simon at littlepig.org.uk> 
> http://www.littlepig.org.uk/ @SimonBiggsUK skype: simonbiggsuk
> >
> > s.biggs at ed.ac.uk <mailto:s.biggs at ed.ac.uk> Edinburgh College of Art, 
> University of Edinburgh
> > http://www.eca.ac.uk/circle/ http://www.elmcip.net/ 
> http://www.movingtargets.co.uk/
> >
> >
> >
> >
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