together with my beloved penelope.di.pixel we are doing a project called “Interviewing the crisis”.

29, the symphony, by Luca Bertini

29, the symphony, by Luca Bertini

A series of articles hosted on in which we analyze some of the issues of the rising financial crisis through a sequence of reports and interviews.

The focus is on art: the crisis’ impact on art and, specifically, on new media art disciplines, organizations, artists.

We wanted to research on the models involved. People dealing with art tend to work in dramatically different ways: public funding, art market, art systems, communication and marketing oriented practices.

And, fortunately and significantly, employing new operative, theoretical, strategic and business models that employ practices that are explicitly enabled by digital technologies: collaboration, participation, experimentation, innovation. A new form of activism that sits across several disciplines: design, science, narrative, business, engineering, architecture. It’s not easy, but it’s the way to go: fast, significative, on the edge.

These people are creators and communicators of meaning.

The project starts out with an introduction:

in which Luca Bertini’s twentynine, a wonderful performance on the financial crisis of 1929, is used as an introduction to the interviews happening in the next few says.

The first in the lineup was published yesterday, a nice cristmas gift for all of you crisis enthusiasts:

Helen Thorington and   Jo-Anne Green of describe a scenario that is really upsetting, presenting a condensed history of how the various governments of the USofA designed their strategies to support arts, starting at contnuous cuts in budgets, continuing through specific laws created to limit the same possibilities for funding, ending up to the illiterateness of governments and their representatives towards what is being called New Media Arts.

The next in the lineup will be Marc Garrett, of Furtherfield , NetBehaviour and loads of other astounding projects with an incredibly lucid attitude towards new media arts, collaborative and participative practices and, in a word, in sharing, the new frontier of business, technology, art.

Simona Lodi @ ToShare

Simona Lodi @ ToShare

The third interview will be done with Simona Lodi, of the Torino Share Festival. The ToShare is a truly innovative experience, as it interacts with art, science, businesses, institutions to perform a significative research on the evolutions of these incredible scenarios that are at the contemporary crossroad that we are living: art meets production, meets marketing, meets science, meets business, meets philosophy, science fiction, design. Last year’ festival was entitled to “Manufacturing”, this year’s festival will be themed “Market Forces”, with a wonderful quote by Theodor Adorno: “No theory, today, can leave out the market”.

True innovation with an active attitude towards participation and sharing (check out the websites to find incredible projects such as the Orchestra Meccanica Marinetti, Action Sharing and loads more).

So we’re set! Wath out for the series of interviews and articles, I’ll keep you posted and updated.

December 26th, 2008

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  • This is a fantastic series. Very promising for networking artists around the world. Thank you for initiating it. I look forward to the next episode:)

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  • Tony says:

    Art is not open-source. Design is open-source. Art can be open-source. Design is not necessarily open-source. Art uses design. Design doesn’t always use art. Art’s value is interpretive and thereby open to speculation. Design is measured and remunerated accordingly. And while designers typically work in our market economy, artists are assigned the gift economy.

  • admin says:

    Hi Tony, first of all, sorry for having turned on moderation on comments, but i was getting totally filled wih spam.
    I totally agree with you! that is why i always think of an hybrid when i talk about art. i simply am not interested in a “canonical” definition of artist, and i focus on something that sits across design, science, anthropology, economy. Something that has more to do with the contemporary metropolis that with the laboratory of a sculptor or painter.
    what i (we, actually) mean by “Art is Open Source” is an attitude, according to which the artist becomes something different, operating according to models that include and are based on collaboration, sharing, exploring, mixing, listening and discussing. An attitude in which technology has a central role as “global enabler” of all these practices.
    As for the economic models you refer to: right on track! we are working on economic models that are hybrid as well, in which the gift economy remixes the market one, using tools that we tend to call digital ecosystems, but that have had several different names when people happened to use them.
    For an example you can read the interview with Marc Garrett in the other articles about “interviewing the crisis”: there are several project that are described there that show exactly this concept.

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