Looking forward to hearing about your experience at
http://319scholes.org/ in New York...
At Furtherfield, all the tech we use is now recycled and reused. We are
completely open source, this includes the set up of the exhibiting space
and administration. Control over one's tools of creative production is
now, as significant as having control over one's creative ideas. And,
media art as an art practice, has gained various attributes which allow
processes of self-autonomy. There is something about working with
technology and the Internet that changes our perception of the world,
and how we operate in it. Other than the world becomes less definable as
nations and states. It evolves into a way of engaging and understanding
other things, other worlds, other possibilities; touching on aspects of
being able to re-edit 'source' materials, whether it be hardware,
software or code, and bringing this knowledge with its learned
experiences into, real-life situations.
This philosophy or tech orientated agency I feel is (as Access Space
do), now one of the most significant factors of being aware of
contemporary social contexts, and integration of ecological
responsibility needs full support by all art venues and institutions
right across the board.
So, regarding your approach to open source philosophy, I am wondering
how it's working at the moment and how is this (if at all) challenging
those artists who come your venue expecting to use propriety software?
Wishing you well.